2016 Rio Olympics

Tennis News: Serena Williams shocked in Rio, eliminated in third round

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Serena Williams of the United States (Vinod Divakaran/Wiki)

Serena Williams of the United States will not be winning her fifth Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Women’s tennis’ top player was eliminated from contention Tuesday after she got upset by Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the third round of the women’s singles competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ukraine’s Svitolina beat Williams with a score of 6-4 6-3. It was a shock that Williams did not even win a set against the Ukrainian who is ranked 20th in the world in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) world rankings.

Williams has four gold Olympic medals in her resume winning in 2000 Sydney, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London in the doubles category and the 2012 London in the singles.

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Williams’ defeat came days after world number on in men’s singles, Novak Djokovic of Serbia also got eliminated. The Serbian got beat by Juan Del Potro of Argentina in the first round of the competition.

Serena Williams, with sister Venus, got eliminated in the women’s doubles category earlier in the week. Venus also lost her first round match and the Williams sisters were beaten by Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, 6-3 6-4.

Williams was not playing like the number one seed on Tuesday with many unforced errors and double faults during the match. Svitolina took advantage and will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Kvitova defeated Ekatarina Makarova of Russia in the third round, 4-6 6-4 6-4.

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With Serena Williams out of the women’s singles tournament in Rio 2016, Angelique Kerber of Germany and Madison Keys of the United States are now the favorites to win the gold medal in Brazil.

Image credit: Vinod Divakaran/Wikimedia

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