RIO DE JANEIRO — Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Shanking shots of all sorts, including five double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker Tuesday, ending the No. 1-seeded American's bid to become the first tennis player to collect two singles golds.
"The better player won," said Williams, who did not take questions from the media, instead doing a brief interview with a U.S. Tennis Association spokesman.
Svitolina, 21, won 63 points, but only nine came on clean winners of her own doing. The others came thanks to Williams' 37 unforced errors and 17 forced errors.
After winning golds in singles and doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, Williams heads home from Brazil with nothing.
American Madison Keys defeated Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals and Steve Johnson won in both singles and doubles.