A win over Serena Williams at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games was a breakthrough moment for Elina Svitolina's tennis career and the Ukrainian tennis player wants to participate in Tokyo Olympics according to Reuters.
Svitolina was aged 21 and ranked 20th in the world when she ousted American great Williams in the third round in Rio but she failed in the quarter-finals to Czech player Petra Kvitova.
During the season following the Olympics she won five titles on the WTA Tour to climb to a career-high ranking of third and in 2018 won the season-ending WTA Finals - considered only below the four Grand Slams in status.
"The goal, for me, is to get that Olympic medal," Svitolina told ITFWorld magazine. "I'll do my best to prepare well and be ready.Э
"For my country, Olympics is a big thing. They really support you unbelievably when the athletes are competing in the Olympics, so it's very special for Ukraine and I definitely will do my best to prepare to get that medal."
Rio was an unforgettable experience for Svitolina and seeing top athletes from different sports up close competing for glory inspired her.