Serena Williams played opposite to Elina Svitolina and lost by 6-4, 6-3 in the third round and ended her dream to become first tennis player to collect a pair of singles golds.
She was hoping to earn 5th fifth Olympic gold medal of her life, were crushed by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina on Tuesday as for the women’s title in Rio. Top seed and defending champion Williams was struggling with a right shoulder injury as she was astonished 6-4 6-3 by Svitolina, 13 years her junior.
Williams said, “The better player won,” , who served up eight double faults, including five in one game in the second set. She also hit 37 unforced errors. “It was a great opportunity. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, but at least I was able to make it to Rio. That was one of my goals.”
Rio tournament has lost both its number one players before the quarter finals after Novak Djokovic went out in the first round. Only three of the top 10 have made it to last-eight of the women’s draw.
Possibly her career are over for Serena after she and sister Venus were overthrow as doubles champions in the first round.
Williams was joined at the exit on Tuesday by third seed and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza who lost to Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig.
However, for defending men’s champion Andy Murray and 2008 winner Rafael Nadal move easily into the third round in straight sets.
Svitolina,a 21 year old will play opposite to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to make place in in the semi-finals. Wimbledon champion Williams was striglling with shoulder injury which forced her to skip the Montreal event. At one point, she screamed in pain, “shoulder, shoulder”. 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
“I didn’t expect that I could win. I stayed in the moment, relaxed and went for my shots especially in second set because it was really tight,” said Svitolina, the world number 20.
Muguruza, the world number 34 was played opposite to Puig, post-French Open slump continued when she slipped to a worrying 6-1 6-1 loss. Puig a 22year old, closed in on what would be only Puerto Rico’s ninth Olympic medal and will face Germany’s Laura Siegemund for a semi-final spot.