For 1st time, Williams sisters lose Olympic doubles match

Carla Harmon
August 10, 2016

The duo of Serena and Venus Williams were shown the exit door in tennis doubles event at the Rio 2016 Olympics early on Mondaymorning. Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová of the Czech Republic dominated the Williams sisters from the start, winning 6-3, 6-4 in straight sets.

As the report notes, the duo entered Sunday's match with a 15-0 career record at the Olympics, securing three gold medals in women's doubles when they played together in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

"It was what it was", Serena Williams said in a post-match press conference. The sisters were seeded No. 1 in Rio and were just coming off a 14th grand-slam championship together at Wimbledon. Strycova was a late replacement for the doubles team, however, after the first choice withdrew because of concerns over the Zika virus.

Indeed, Strycova and Safarova only had played one match as a team before Sunday night - and they lost that, in a Fed Cup match past year. The next one is in four years and I don't know if I will play or not, or if I will be able to keep my level at this stage, so I don't want to go out of this Olympic Games without playing my game, without taking pleasure. "We have a chance to compete for our country and did the best that we can".

Venus Williams in particular has had a disappointing experience in her fourth Olympic Games as she left Rio without having won a single game. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tom LaDue said that Venus would participate in that match despite being sick.

I wasn't playing the way I needed to play, I wasn't crossing the way I needed to cross, it was what it was. The Tunisian, ranked 59 in the world, served for the match in the second set but Tsonga held firm to tease out a 4-6 7-5 6-3 result.

"Here it's very hard to play because it's fairly open, there is constantly some kind of wind", said Croatia's Marin Cilic, who beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-1 6-4.

"It was a lot of fun and we will always remember these moments and these matches and at the end of the day I think that's what matters most".

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