Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina admitted she felt disappointed after failing to reach the gold medal match at the Tokyo Olympics. Svitolina, ranked at No. 6 in the world, lost to world No. 41 Marketa Vondrousova as the Czech claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-1 win.
"It's an amazing feeling to represent my country in the bronze medal match but I'm really disappointed today," Svitolina said, per the ITF website. "I tried my best but I expected to go further. "Unfortunately there are other players who are playing well.
It's extremely tough and it didn't happen today. "Marketa played really well, a very solid performance and I couldn't find my best tennis today and everything came together for her."
Svitolina stood no chance against Vondrousova
Vondrousova started the match with a break but got broken back in the following game.
However, Vondrousova kept her focus as she broke Svitolina in games five and nine to win the opener. After winning the opener, Vondrousova made a strong start to the second set, having taken an early 3-0 lead. Svitolina served out the fourth game to reduce the deficit to 3-1 and end Vondrousova's five-game run.
But Vondrousova again went on a run as she won the following three games to book a comfortable straight-set won. Vondrousova picked up a lot of confidence from her round-of-16 win over Naomi Osaka. "I was thinking that [to win] two or three matches would have been great, and then I beat Naomi so then I thought that I was playing well and that maybe I could even do better," she said.
"I'm now just happy to be in the final. It's an amazing feeling. "I can't believe it. Maybe it'll sink in later. This is amazing, even if it's silver or gold, it's amazing and I'm just very proud." Vondrousova will be battling Belinda Bencic in the Tokyo Olympics final.