Rio 2016 Olympics tennis

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

About the match, the world number one said: "Obviously, I am very disappointed". NBC Olympics reported that Williams didn't play her best during the game, despite leading on the first set of the game.

Williams had previously dominated Svitolina in the French Open, defeating her 6-1, 6-1 on June 1 to advance to the quarterfinals before eventually falling to Garbine Muguruza in the finals of the tournament. Williams briefly rallied to break back at 3-3 but her calamitous seventh game sealed her fate. She even served up five double faults in the seventh game of the second set as she suffered her earliest ever loss at an Olympic singles event.

The 34-year-old Williams, who is not entered in the mixed doubles competition, cut short her media commitments after the loss, speaking only to the official broadcasters before she returned to the changing rooms.

Williams is not the only top seed to succumb in Rio.


Williams also follows the number one men's player, Novak Djokovic, out of the competition.

Serena, who has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, looked out of sorts as she crashed to another shock defeat in a desperately-disappointing Games for her.

Butg on the men's side the last two gold medallists, second seed Andy Murray (2012) and Rafael Nadal (2008) progressed.

For the first time, Williams leaves the Olympics without a medal. Nadal, like Murray looking to become the first player to win two singles golds, faces France's Gilles Simon.


The women's draw is particularly interesting, as Madison Keys will now have an opportunity to salvage a medal for the United States. Instead, she spoke to a USA tennis Association spokesman whom she gave a brief interview.

Williams grew increasingly frustrated during the match as she struggled to find her range, making 37 unforced errors compared to 17 by the 21-year-old Ukrainian.

On the night, disbelief reigned supreme in the Olympic Tennis Centre, as the 22-time Grand Slam victor fell to a player she had never lost to. A victory over the two-time Wimbledon champion would certainly bring Svitolina's dream closer to a reality. But it's unreal, it's just the ideal moment.

Three down, three to go.


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