PARIS – Team Yonex makes up a quarter of the women’s quarterfinals.
Arguably the hottest player on tour before the pandemic began in early 2020,  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  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.
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.
 Elena Rybakina (KAZ) | VCORE / POLYTOUR FIRE def.  Serena Williams, 6-3, 7-5
Tamara Zidansek (SLO) | VCORE / POLYTOUR REV def. Sorana Cirstea, 7-6, 6-1