Olympics: Defending champ Serena Williams out of Rio tennis singles

 Serena Williams reacts during her third round women's tennis singles match against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.
Serena Williams reacts during her third round women's tennis singles match against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams was sent crashing out of the Olympic Games on Tuesday (Aug 9), losing 4-6, 3-6 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

Defeat for the 34-year-old American robbed her of the chance to secure a fifth gold medal and her 2016 Games are now over after she and 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.

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