Defending champion and world number one Serena Williams was defeated and sent out of the Olympic Games on Tuesday, the 9th day of August, 2016 after losing 6-4, 6-3 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.
This robbed her of the chance to secure a fifth gold medal and her 2016 Games has ended after she and her sister Venus were deposed as doubles champions in the first round.
Svitolina, 21, will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova for a place in the semi-finals.
Williams was hampered by the shoulder injury which forced her to skip the Montreal event.
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At a point, Serena screamed in pain, “shoulder, shoulder”.
Serena Williams said “Obviously I am very disappointed. The better player won but I can’t wait for next time. That will be a really good match and I look forward to it,”
“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.
“It was awesome and fun, but it’s over now.”
Williams, held a 4-0 record over Svitolina but committed error after error.
Svitolina said : “I didn’t really think about my record against Serena,”
“I didn’t expect that I could win and I said don’t think she will make a mistake. Just fight and focus.
“I stayed in the moment, relaxed and went for my shots especially in second set because it was really tight.”
“She can also hit four aces in a row, so I expected the unexpected.
“I tried not to think about playing Serena, the Olympic champion and so many Grand Slams.
“I also thought she may be injured but I tried not to think about it too much.”