Not a Golden Olympic! Serena Williams eliminated from tennis tournament
It’s definitely not a Golden Olympic for Serena Willams !
The defending Olympic champion and 22-time Grand Slam tournament winner was on tuesday defeated by Elina Svitolina.
The 21-year-old from Ukraine never believed she would defeat the world’s No. 1 player, even though her chances improved dramatically when Williams double-faulted five times in the seventh game of the second set.
“It happens sometimes with her game and her serve and she can also do four aces in a row, so you need to expect [the] unexpected,” Svitolina said. “I was staying in the moment.”
The moment and the match were hers a few minutes later, when she wrapped up a 6-4, 6-3 third-round victory that moved her into the quarterfinals and sent Williams home without a medal.
For Svitolina, who is ranked No. 20 in the world and had won only one set in four previous matches against Williams, it was a magical night. “For me, the Olympics is the most,” she said.
For Williams, who committed 37 unforced errors, it was another stunning loss in Rio. She and her sister Venus, who won doubles gold at London in 2012 and were the top-seeded duo here, lost in the first round, their first-ever Olympic doubles defeat.