Serena Williams (8th) fell surprisingly to Yelena Rybakina (22nd) and said goodbye in the round of 16 at Roland Garros. The Michigan-born has not been able to reach the final of this contest for five years.
The loss to the Kazakh not only generated surprise on the circuit, but also increased the delay of the 24th Grand Slam tournament with which Serena seeks to equalize Margaret Court. In the last four years, since her consecration at the Australian Open 2017, the American reached four finals (two at Wimbledon and two at the US Open) without being able to reach the much-coveted trophy that gives her the record for the most trophies of the Grand Slam.
Between 2018 and 2021, Williams suffered injuries to her pectoral muscle, ankles, knees, back and right shoulder, which at age 39 deprived her of giving her maximum level to achieve a new Grand Slam trophy. Nearing her 40th birthday, the American has only two major tournaments left in 2021: Wimbledon and the US Open.
The highest event on the All England turf had her as a winner seven times (2002,2003,2009,2010,2012,2015 and 2016) while at the United States Open she won six titles (1999,2002,2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014). If she reaches her highest level, there is no doubt that Serena will compete, as she has since 1995, for a new trophy that will take her to the top of the world tennis circuit and its history.