Serena Williams stunned by Sofia Kenin in third round of French Open

Serena Williams has crashed out of the ongoing French Open tennis tournament after losing to Sofia Kenin in the third round on Saturday.

Three-time champion of the competition, Serena lost 6-2 7-5 to her 20-year-old American compatriot.

The defeat means Williams’ quest to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles continues.

The stunning encounter follows the defeat of World Number one, Naomi Osaka, who lost to Katerina Siniakova.

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“I’m so happy with this win – obviously you can tell with these emotions,” Kenin , who was booed at intervals during the game, told the crowd.

“Playing against Serena, you have to fight for every point.”

Earlier on Saturday, defending champion Simona Halep enjoyed a straightforward 55-minute victory, beating Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-2 6-1 to reach the last 16.

As it stands, World number 35 Kenin will play Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round, while Halep faces unseeded 18-year-old French Open debutant Iga Swiatek.

Williams’ and Osaka’s exit means there are only 3 players in the top 10 seeds left in the competition.

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