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YONEX TENNIS NEWS: 2021 Roland-Garros: Rybakina upsets; Zidansek a first

Date
08 June 2021
PARIS - Team Yonex makes up a quarter of the women’s quarterfinals.
 
Rybakina Rolls
Arguably the hottest player on tour before the pandemic began in early 2020,
[21] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) recorded the biggest win of her career, defeating 23-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams for a spot in her first major quarterfinal.
 
Rybakina, just 21-years-old, said she grew up watching Williams and wasn’t sure what to expect.
Appearing in the second week of a major for the first time in her career, Rybakina set a plan with her coach, followed it, and said, “It worked out today.”
 
Rybakina is one of the few remaining players to have not dropped a set during the fortnight and is the highest seed in the bottom half of the draw.
The Kazakh will play [31] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.
 
Zidansek Zest
Tamara Zidansek’s (SLO) week of first’s continues after a straight-set victory in the round of 16.
Already recording her first upset over a top-10 opponent in the first round, Zidansek made history for her home country of Slovenia,
becoming the first player to ever advance to the last eight in a major.
 
Unseeded, Zidansek’s best performance at a Slam prior to her current run was a couple second round appearances dating back to 2019.
 
Zidansek will play another first-time quarterfinalist in Paula Badosa for a spot in the semifinals.
 
Team Yonex
[21] Elena Rybakina (KAZ) | 
VCORE / POLYTOUR FIRE def. [7] Serena Williams, 6-3, 7-5
Tamara Zidansek (SLO) | 
VCORE / POLYTOUR REV def. Sorana Cirstea, 7-6, 6-1

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