Serena and Venus Williams lose Olympic doubles match for 1st time

Ross Houston
August 8, 2016

Venus and Serena Williams have lost their women's doubles match on Sunday (August 7) during the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Keeping her nerve on sport's biggest stage, Thrasher on Saturday earned the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, outlasting two-time gold medalist Du Li to capture the women's 10-meter air rifle title.

They lost key points in the first set, succumbing to the Czech pair 6-3. And they had zero wins between them in Olympic doubles competition, going a combined 0-3 with other partners.

Then again, they were not expected to advance while the Williams sisters fell.

The American duo was seeded No. 1 in Rio and coming off a 14th Grand Slam championship together at Wimbledon a month ago.

The Czechs, meanwhile, are unseeded.

"I don't know how they allowed us to play like this".

Indeed, Strycova and Safarova had only played one match as a team before Sunday night - and they lost that, in a Fed Cup match a year ago. We have a chance to compete for our country and did the best that we can.

Some players said conditions were tricky due to soaring temperatures and a strong breeze drifting across from the ocean. Williams, now feeling more assured on the court with her game, soon stretched her lead to 4-1.

The Pole only arrived in Rio on Wednesday night after having to fly from Montreal, where she competed last week, to NY to Lisbon and then to Rio.

Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. We had nothing to lose. "We played bad and it showed in the result".

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tom LaDue tells The Associated Press that Williams will be available for her doubles match Sunday despite being sick.

Venus was also apparently ill for today's match, as she was "dehydrated, with some cramps and upset stomach", Fox News reports. "U.S.!" chant late in the third set, others responded by booing (Kerry had left by then).

Tsonga, who won a doubles silver medal with Michael Llodra at London 2012, said, "I was very concerned because I was thinking this may be my last Olympic Games". I have never played in these conditions. "I wasn't crossing the way I need to cross".

Venus consolidated her break before Flipkens got onto the scoreboard with a rather complicated hold. Flipkens plays Lucie Safarova in the second round. "She was hitting unbelievable winners, returns".

At that point, Safarova interjected: "And Barbora was a magician at the net".

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