FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Garden Tennis and Croquet Membership, London, Britain – June 30, 2021 Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates successful her first spherical match in opposition to Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
July 18, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – An upset win over Serena Williams on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games proved to be a breakthrough second for Elina Svitolina’s tennis profession however the Ukrainian needs to go a step additional in Tokyo and enhance her Olympic credentials with a podium end.
Svitolina was aged 21 and ranked twentieth on the earth when she ousted American nice Williams within the third spherical of the ladies’s singles in Rio however she did not construct on her landmark win by falling within the quarter-finals to Czech Petra Kvitova.
Throughout the season following the Olympics she gained 5 titles on the WTA Tour to climb to a career-high rating of third and in 2018 gained the season-ending WTA Finals – thought of solely under the 4 Grand Slams in standing.
“The aim, for me, is to get that Olympic medal,” the newly-wed Svitolina advised ITFWorld journal. “I’ll do my finest to arrange nicely and be prepared.
“For my nation, Olympics is a giant factor. They actually assist you unbelievably when the athletes are competing within the Olympics, so it’s very particular for Ukraine and I positively will do my finest to arrange to get that medal.”
Rio was an unforgettable expertise for Svitolina and seeing prime athletes from totally different sports activities up shut competing for glory impressed her.
The present world quantity six bought married to France’s former No.6 Gael Monfils on Friday and there might be extra blissful recollections within the subsequent fortnight for Svitolina when she dons Ukraine’s colors and competes on the Ariake Tennis Park.
“It is extremely particular once I play for my nation,” she stated. “It doesn’t matter if I play Billie Jean King Cup or the Olympics, it’s one thing further and you discover this edge to search out extra and play higher.
“However the Olympics is all the time an vital occasion and I’m extraordinarily proud to characterize Ukraine. When it’s Olympic 12 months, I stay up for that and attempt to put together the perfect as I can.
“I need to be remembered as a fighter for my nation. I need to win every little thing that I play and I all the time attempt to do my finest and be at my finest for Ukraine.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; enhancing by Christian Radnedge)