Aryna Sabalenka left the French Open without a Top 3 women’s seed as the tournament No. 3 was overwhelmed in the final set, losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 on Friday to Anastasia Pavlychenkova.
The Belarus player joined No. 1 Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka on the sidelines at Roland Garros.
2020 finalist Sofia Kenin remains the leading seed still in contention on fourth.
Sabalenka had defeated her Russian opponent only a month ago in the Madrid semi-finals’ Pavlyuchenkova reached a Paris quarter-final a decade ago.
Sabalenka came to the court with 27 victories, second-most on the Tour.
Pavylchenkova advanced into the last 16 in 97 minutes with five breaks of serve and 22 winners; Sabalenka owns titles from Abu Dhabi and Madrid so far in 2021.