Serena Williams knocked out of Olympics

Ross Houston
August 11, 2016

"For me, the Olympics is the most", she said. "The better player today won".

"It didn't work out the way I wanted it to", Williams said. "It was awesome, but it's over now". She and sister Venus lost in the first round as the No. 1 seed in women's doubles - their first defeat in the Olympics after going 15-0 with three golds.

There have been reports that the performance of Serena Williams during the Rio Olympics 2016 tennis tournament has come as a surprise to everyone.

Seeded first at the tournament, the Americans were beaten 6-3 6-4 in 93 minutes - their first ever doubles defeat at the Games in 16 matches.

Williams, after hitting an overhead, grabbed at her shoulder and appeared to wince in pain.

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

Following the Murrays' men's doubles defeat, it was chose to give Jamie one more chance of Rio glory via Britain's only guaranteed mixed spot alongside Konta. That includes Novak Djokovic who lost to Juan Martin Del Potro earlier in the event. This marked his first marquee win since his comeback on the tour.

The Williams loss means that both Williams sisters are now out of the Olympics. Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are hoping to change that.

The world of Tennis was in shock as the world's no.1 female tennis player Serena Williams lost at the third round of the Rio Olympics and is officially out of the competition.

The Olympics mark Nadal's return to competition after a two-month hiatus due a wrist injured that forced him to withdraw from the French Open. A second Olympic gold medal for his native Spain would be the biggest achievement of his largely forgettable year. It's also a massive chance for Svitolina, who has not had a particularly strong year on the women's tour but suddenly finds herself with a legitimate chance to medal for her country. A victory there would send her to the finals.

Serena had given kudos to her opponent following her second round win, something which made the win all the sweeter for Svitolina, who grew up idolizing the World No.1.

Joining Svitolina in the quarter-finals is the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, Germany's Laura Siegemund and Angelique Kerber, Great Britain's Johanna Konta, Russia's Daria Kasatkina and the USA's Madison Keys.

"I really didn't think about it even when I was 40-30 and I won finally the match", said Svitolina. "I stayed in the moment, relaxed and went for my shots especially in second set because it was really tight", Svitolina said.

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