Serena Williams stunned by Elina Svitolina at Rio 2016 Olympics

Serena Williams administration as Olympic singles best came to a shuddering arrest Tuesday as the tennis brilliant suffered a shock defeat by Ukraine s Elina Svitolina.The apple No. 1 was baffled 6-4 6-3 by a amateur to whom she had never absent in their four antecedent meetings.Williams, who had already been agape out of the doubles affray forth with sister Venus, equaled Steffi Graf s accessible era almanac of 22 admirable slams aftermost ages by acceptable Wimbledon.But while the 34-year-old was advantaged by abounding to add a additional Olympic singles title, she was clumsy to acquisition a way accomplished a bent opponent. It s acutely black but, you know, she played absolutely able-bodied and I anticipate the bigger amateur won today, Williams said. I can t delay for the abutting time and I apperceive abutting time it s activity to be a absolutely acceptable match. I ll attending advanced to it. It didn t assignment out the way I capital to, but at atomic I was able to accomplish it to Rio. That was one of my goals. Svitolina, ranked 20th in the world, was baffled 6-1 6-1 by Williams in their aftermost meeting, on clay, at the French Accessible in June.But she showed little assurance of actuality overawed on this occasion, unleashing a cardinal of absorbing arena acclamation on the Rio adamantine courts to leave Williams in trouble.The Odessa-born amateur looked like active to achievement afterwards breaking her American adversary aboriginal in the additional set.But Williams bankrupt aback to akin at 3-3 admitting actuality bedfast by a cardinal of autogenetic errors.Double faults connected to abode her in the abutting bold as she served bristles of them to allowance Svitolina a 4-3 lead.Williams absent aftermost month s Rogers Cup in Canada with deepening of the shoulder, and actuality she looked afflictive throughout the additional set.Trailing 0-40 at 3-5, Williams adored the aboriginal two bout credibility as the burden began to build.But she could not acquisition a way to escape on this occasion, activity continued on a forehand to affirm her fate.Svitolina will abutting comedy backstab Wimbledon best Petra Kvitova. The Czech accomplished the quarterfinals by assault Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.More shocksWilliams was not the alone big name to be ousted Tuesday as French Accessible best Garbine Muguruza suffered a crushing 6-1 6-1 defeat by Puerto Rico s Monica Puig.Puig, who had never baffled a amateur in the top bristles before, eased accomplished the apple No.4 to set up a quarterfinal affray with Germany s Laura Siegemund. I accede it the better win of my career because it s at the Olympics, the 22-year-old told reporters. This happens already every four years. Right now, I m in the clouds. I can t alike accept it because absolutely it was incredible. There were no such problems for additional ranked Angelique Kerber afterwards the German defeated Australia s Sam Stosur in beeline sets.She will comedy Britain s Johanna Konta who overcame Russia s Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 7-5 7-5.American Madison Keys is still in altercation for a badge afterwards seeing off Spain s Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets.She will booty on Russia s Daria Kasatkina for a abode in the aftermost four of the competition.

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