Serena Williams’s Olympics is over after just four days following a woeful performance against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. The defending champion lost in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to pile on more misery after being dumped out of the doubles in the first round with her sister Venus on Monday.
Although there was the occasional incredible winner, as there always is with Serena, she served up five double faults in a single game just highlighting her troubles. She often dropped the ball short, allowing the 21-year-old, 20th seed more time to play her shots, and she really does pack a punch.
Andy Murray had no such trouble in the men’s draw, and following the exits of Novak Djokovic and now Serena from all competitions, all tennis eyes will be on him in Rio. He calmly dispatched Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 6-1, with the Brit pulling off some incredible shots even when he was on the back foot, which is beginning to become the Wimbledon champion’s trademark. Murray had far too much quality for his opponent, and he will now face Fabio Fognini of Italy in the last-16 as he looks to defend his Olympic crown.
After missing Wimbledon through injury, former world number one Rafael Nadal is having a very strong Olympic games. The Spaniard is one of only two players in the men’s draw to still be in both the singles and doubles, after putting away Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3, and defeated Austria’s Oliver Marach & Alexander Peya 6-3, 6-1, alongside Marc Lopez.
In the women’s draw Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic came from behind to defeat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, as did Britain’s Johanna Konta who overcame number another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Things begin to draw to a close on Wednesday with the start of the men’s doubles semi-finals. The American pairing of Stevie Johnson and Jack Sock face Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau, with Lopez and Nadal of Spain up against Canadians Daniel Nestor Vasek Pospisil. We also have the start of the mixed doubles with Nadal and Garbine Muguruza the star pairing, following Mugurza’s win at the French Open this year and just the 14 Grand Slam titles to Rafael Nadal’s name.