Serena Williams falls at French Open; Roger Federer withdraws

23-time Grand Slam champion loses to Elena Rynakina
Serena Williams slumps after missing shot in fourth round of 2021 French Open
Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-06 17:24:34-04

PARIS — Serena Williams has lost in straight sets in the fourth round of the French Open.

Williams was beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Elena Rybakina on Sunday.

Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who has won the title at Roland Garros three times. But the 39-year-old American hasn't been past the fourth round there since she was the runner-up in 2016.

This was the 64th time Williams has appeared in that round at a major tournament.

It was the first such match for Rybakina. She is a 21-year-old from Kazakhstan who is ranked 22nd.

Williams' exit came on the same day that Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament -- and a week after Naomi Osaka pulled out, citing a need for a mental health break.