“Don’t Know if It Was My Last Performance”: Elina Svitolina Doubts on Competing at Paris Olympics 2024

Published 08/02/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in action during her semifinal match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic REUTERS/Edgar Su


Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina is one of the most exciting prospects in recent times. She is quite a favorite amongst fans. The 26-year-old star has done her country proud by winning the bronze medal at the recent sporting event, the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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After winning the bronze medal, Elina Svitolina revealed a sad update. She felt that this could’ve been her last performance in an Olympic event. However, she did not completely rule herself out and indicated that she doesn’t want to look too much into the future.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Quarterfinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine reacts after winning her quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi of Italy REUTERS/Mike Segar

The 26-year-old player stated, “I don’t know if it was my last performance at the Olympics. I don’t have so far-reaching plans. I definitely want to play in Paris in 2024 but first I’ll have to finish this year and then we’ll discuss my plans and aims for the upcoming season with the team.”

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Elina Svitolina fought back to win the bronze

In her her bronze medal match, Elina was up against Elena Rybakina. During the match, Svitolina lost the opening set 1-6. However, she gained the confidence and composure to eventually come out on top. She won the match 1-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Elina Svitolina of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece REUTERS/Edgar Su

She began her season in Melbourne, competing at the Australian Open. Her journey ended in the fourth round. After that, she reached the semifinal in Miami and Stuttgart, losing to World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty on both occasions.

Later, she had disappointing results at the French Open and Wimbledon Championships, reaching the third and second round, respectively. Now that she has won a bronze medal, fans expect to see her make the headlines during the US Open Series.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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