Svitolina wins Ukraine's first Olympic tennis medal

By: AFP
Published: 07:14 PM, 31 Jul, 2021
Svitolina wins Ukraine's first Olympic tennis medal
Caption: Ukraine's Elina Svitolina reacts after she defeated Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles tennis match.
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Elina Svitolina became Ukraine's first Olympic medallist in tennis on Saturday, securing bronze by coming from a set and a break down to beat Kazakh Elena Rybakina.

The 26-year-old, who got married to French player Gael Monfils shortly before the Tokyo Games, won the bronze-medal contest 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 after almost two-and-a-half hours on court.

Svitolina, a former world number three, came through a lengthy final game to win on her seventh match point.

She had trailed 4-1 in the deciding set but reeled off five games in a row to snatch the victory.

Marketa Vondrousova, who beat Svitolina in the semi-finals and home favourite Naomi Osaka in the third round, takes on Switzerland's Belinda Bencic in the final later on Saturday.

AFP

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