Serena Williams exited the French Open with an unexpected defeat in two sets by Kazakhstani player Elena Rybakina.
Most viewers were surprised to see Serena loose, with a final score of 6-3 7-5. After an impressive defeat over Danielle Collins, it seemed as though Serena was gaining traction in the competition until she went up against Elena. While some of us are still stunned over the defeat, this shows promise for the 21-year-old competitor who successfully beat the 39-year-old in a game that Serena told the BBC was "definitely close."
"There is literally a point here, a point there, that could change the whole course of the match," she told the outlet.
Many have already begun to question how much longer the athlete will keep competing in grand slams, but as of now, Serena isn't showing any major signs of quitting, especially as she prepares to head to Wimbledon next.
The loss also isn't stopping Serena from meeting Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slams as she now focuses her attention on Wimbledon, which will be the third grand slam of the season.
June 28 is when we can expect to see her back and ready for redemption. Unlike many other tournaments, Wimbledon is played on grass courts, rather than clay.
Serena is currently a seven-time Wimbledon singles champion. So, just by looking at Serena's past performances, the tennis star may be closer to achieving her goal than we may think. The change in surfaces isn't worrying the athlete either, in fact, she's actually looking forward to the switch.
"I'm kind of excited to switch surfaces, but historically I have done pretty well on grass," she told CNN. "I have done pretty well on clay too. Just not this particular season."
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