Elina Svitolina wins bronze medal of 2020 Olympics

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine has its first-ever Olympic tennis medal
16:44, 31 July 2021

Elina Svitolina, Olympics in Tokyo 2020

Elina Svitolina has won the Olympic bronze medal in the women's singles event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Ukrainian star came back to rally from 1-4 down in the final set to defeat Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina, 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 and win Ukraine's first-ever Olympic tennis medal. This is reported by WTA Tennis.

Playing in her second Olympics, Svitolina's trademark grit and determination was the story of her bronze medal run. Four of her six matches were won in a deciding set, with over 13 hours spent on court. Svitolina defeated Laura Siegemund, Ajla Tomljanovic, Maria Sakkari, and Camila Giorgi, before losing in the semifinals to Marketa Vondrousova. 

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With the weight of Olympic history for Ukraine on her shoulders, Svitolina finally converted on her seventh match point in the final game to seal one of the biggest comebacks of her storied career, adding Olympic bronze to a resume that already includes 15 WTA titles, including the 2019 WTA Finals.

In her only previous Olympic appearance in 2016, Svitolina defeated Andrea Petkovic, Heather Watson, and Serena Williams to reach the quarterfinals before losing to eventual bronze medalist Petra Kvitova.

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