US Open News
Serena Williams' wait for a record 24th Grand Slam will stretch on as she bowed out of the 2021 French Open with a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Elena Rybakina at the Roland Garros in Paris on Sunday (June 6). Williams, whose last Grand Slam title came in 2017 at the Australian Open, was unable to find her A game. The 39-year-old Williams never really found her range but she recovered from an early service break in the opening set. We take a look at some of Serena's earliest exits from Grand Slams over the years in these collections of pictures.
Novak Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6(4) to seal a last-four spot in the ATP Finals. Djokovic will finish second in the Tokyo Group, named after the first edition of the season-ending tournament 50 years ago. The 33-year-old Serb will face U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem in Saturday`s semi-final.
Carreno Busta, who lost in the U.S. Open semi-final after leading Alexander Zverev by two sets, took advantage to win the opening set -- the first conceded by Djokovic in the tournament. Djokovic looked flat and had to save break points early in the second set before raising his game at the important moment to win the next two sets. Djokovic`s dramatic demise in New York deprived him of a chance to win an 18th Grand Slam title and move to within one of Rafa Nadal`s haul and two shy of Roger Federer`s men`s record.
Germany`s Alexander Zverev dismantled Marco Cecchinato 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 in under two hours on Friday to move into the French Open last 16. Zverev, who did not play any claycourt events following last month`s run to the U.S. Open final, was dominant and grabbed two quick breaks to wrap up the first set after 25 minutes. The German tennis star finished off his opponent with his third match point after an hour and 47 minutes.
Serena Williams` search for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title will extend into another year after an achilles tendon injury forced her to withdraw from the French Open. The American, who turned 39 this week, had been due to play Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round later but after a warm-up decided the injury was too severe. Serena Williams, a three-times former champion at Roland Garros, said she may not play again this year.