Serena Williams crashes out of Rio Olympics | Omogs Blog

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Serena Williams crashes out of Rio Olympics

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Williams made a stunningly lethargic exit from Rio on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the women's singles Round of 16 in a swift 72 minutes

Her performance was only slightly longer than her post-match news conference, which she decided not to attend, opting instead for a statement delivered through a Team USA spokesperson.She said;

"Obviously I’m disappointed,the better player won. It was a great opportunity that didn't work out the way i wanted it to. At least I was able to make Rio, which was one of my goals. It was awesome, but it's over now."
It's the first time Williams, who won the singles and doubles gold in London four years ago, will walk away from the Olympics without any hardware.

And it was quite the unexpected turn from two months ago when Williams dominated Svitolina, the world’s 20th-ranked player, at the French Open. Williams won 6-1, 6-1 on June 1,to advance to the quarterfinals before eventually falling to Garbine Muguruza in the Finals.

it would be hard to blame the court conditions for 36 unforced errors and five double-faults one game after breaking Svitolina to even the second set at 3-3. After Williams meekly dumped a second serve into the net, gifting her a break, the 21-year old Svitolina cruised through the final two games to pick up the biggest win of her career

Still, Svitolina said she never allowed herself to think about actually beating Williams until match point.
"It was just an unreal feeling, just a relief for me because I didn't expect even in that moment that I could win and i think it helped me a lot — you don't expect mistakes from her and just fight and stay focused. Being in the moment, that's definitely what helped me today, and just relax and go for my shots because I was doing some winners and especially on the second set when it was really, really tight."
 Williams, who turns 35 next month, has struggled with various injuries this season. It's unclear if she was suffering from any physical problems in Rio, but she certainly didn't look like herself at any point. Still, few would have predicted this early of an exit, especially given a favorable draw that wouldn't have put her in the path of any other top-10 player until the gold medal round.

It could turn into an opportunity for another American, 21-years old Madison Keys, who advanced to the quarterfinals with a three-set victory against Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. 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.
"I was just thinking stay in the moment and play the ball, don't play against Serena Williams, Olympic champion and so many grand slams,just play the ball, and go for it and look for the ball. To win a gold medal at the Olympics would make it so special, and if I can do it it's just — unreal," She added.

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