Paris, June 4 (MNN) Women’s tennis world number three Aryna Sabalenka on Friday crashed out of the French Open after suffering a defeat against 31st seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, leaving Serena Williams as the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw.
The 31st seed Pavlyuchenkova won 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 and will meet Victoria Azarenka for a place in the quarter-finals.
Pavlyuchenkova was a quarter-finalist in Paris in 2011 while her win on Friday was her 37th over a top-10 player.
After the exits of Australian Ashleigh Barty and Japanese Naomi Osaka, the Belarusian was the highest seed remaining this week in Paris but she failed to keep a leash on her unforced errors to lose to the experienced 29-year-old Russian.
Simona Halep, the world No 3 and 2018 champion, didn’t even make it to Paris after suffering a calf injury.
Sabalenka has lost her third clay-court match this season.
The 23-year-old now has a win-loss record of 13-3 on clay.
Sabalenka had defeated Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the Madrid Open semi-finals this year. The former is now 27-8 in the season.