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Serena Williams eliminated from women’s singles competition

Tennis - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during a Women’s Singles Third Round match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Tennis Centre on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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With opponent Elina Svitolina of Ukraine having never defeated her, Serena Williams was expected to advance through to the quarterfinals of the women’s singles tournament with little difficulty. Svitolina’s history of struggles against Williams weren’t an issue Tuesday night however, as she eliminated the top seed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Williams didn’t look particularly sharp but part of that is due to the play of Svitolina, who won 79 percent of the available points on her first serve. Serena tallied eight double fault and 37 unforced errors in the match, and that can be too much to overcome even for the best of players. Next up for Svitolina will be Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round.

Williams and sister Venus were eliminated from the women’s doubles competition in the first round, but Venus will be competing with Rajeev Ram in the mixed doubles bracket.

The United States still has one player alive in the women’s singles tournament, with Madison Keys advancing to the quarterfinals with a three-set victory over Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. American Steve Johnson is still alive in men’s singles, with his third round match against Evgeny Donskoy of Russia scheduled for Wednesday. Johnson won two matches Tuesday, as he and Jack Sock advanced to the semifinals of the men’s doubles competition.

Noteworthy names still alive in men’s singles include reigning Olympic champion Andy Murray of Great Britain, Spain’s Rafael Nadal and France’s Gael Monfils.