09:48 Aug. 10, 2016
"I couldn't even dream of beating Williams", Svitolina said
World number one female tennis player Serena Williams unexpectedly lost to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in her third-round Olympic singles match on Tuesday, August 9. The loss ended William's run at Rio.
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Serena couldn't hide her disappointment after losing to Svitolina 6-4, 6-3, but praised her opponent.
"It's obviously disappointing but, you know, she played really well and I think the better player today won," Williams said, according to CBC.ca.
"It's unreal. Beating Serena Williams is something really special. I've always wanted to play against her, but victory... I couldn't even dream of it", Svitolina shared her excitement after the game.
Svitolina's emotions after the victory (source: facebook.com/olympicua)
Svitolina, who is the WTA rank 20th, will now face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
The game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, August 10.