Elina Svitolina won the first medal for Ukraine in tennis at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina beat Olena Rybakina from Kazakhstan in a match for bronze in Olympic tennis tournament – 1: 6, 7: 6, 6: 4. The match lasted 2 hours 24 minutes . Svitolina served 4 aces, made 6 double faults and realized 3 out of 9 break points. This is the first olympic medal in tennis in the history of Ukraine. Previously, our tennis players have never climbed onto the podium at the Olympics.
The score of tennis players in personal meetings is 2: 1 in favor of Elina. In the semifinals, Svitolina lost to Marketa Vondrousova from the Czech Republic, and Rybakina lost to Belinda Bencic from Switzerland.
Svitolina held a grueling tournament, playing every day. Only after the defeat in the semifinals did Elina have a day off. During the Olympic Games in 8 days, the Ukrainian tennis player played 7 matches (6 individual and 1 doubles) and spent almost 14 and a half hours on the court. Incredible endurance from Elina Svitolina!
It was a very tense tournament, from the first day all the matches were very tense, literally a few points decided everything. The last match was one of the most difficult for me, I wanted to take this medal and not go empty-handed. I have always said that the Olympics are important to me and whenever I play for the national team, it is a priority for me. This medal is for Ukraine, – Svitolina said.
Already today, Elina returned to Ukraine and was met at the airport by hundreds of fans and journalists. Parimatch and the whole country are proud of the best Ukrainian tennis player and thank you for the historically important medal! The main victories are still ahead!
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These funds will be used to purchase 10,000 sets of military uniforms for border guards.
the International charity organization Parimatch Foundation financed the organization of sports camps for the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children affected by Russian military aggression in Ukraine.