Aryna Sabalenka once again misses the fourth round in a Grand Slam tournament, and this time it was happened at the Roland Garros 2021. Barring the way to the Belarusian tennis player in Paris was Nastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The Belarusian made 39 unforced mistakes, 17 of which in the last set. She played very badly in rallies, having played an excellent second set to recover the first lost set after an initial 3-0 lead.
Pavlyuchenkova said: “The third set went away very quickly, I didn’t expect such a clear result. After the medical time-out I was very focused on the leg and the pain I felt in the knee, then I played point by point and I found myself 2-0. From there, the match ended very quickly. It really doesn’t seem like 10 years passed, I was playing well then and I can play good tennis even now, although I think I’m smarter in the way I play the game. I am more interested in rankings, points, players to beat, but only on every single match and on the strategic plan to be put in place to win.”