Serena Williams Wins First Her Rio Olympics 2016 Match

Ross Houston
August 10, 2016

But with the wind increasingly troubling her she was broken in the third game as she dropped a double fault into the mix.

Germany's Kerber, who won the 2016 Australian Open, dispatched Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino in two sets 6-3 7-5 but also struggled with wind after a long delay to her match.

"I hope that will not happen again because we need to have peace between Argentina and Brazil". "I'm really exhausted, I'm overwhelmed".

Was it a further omen when top-seeded and three-time gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams were upset in the first round of doubles?

She and Bacsinszky defeated Australia's Samantha Stosur and Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. During that troublesome stretch, Williams reacted to losing two games in a row by mangling her equipment, slamming it against the back of her sideline chair. Hardly the first time she's done that sort of thing - and likely not the last, either.

Cornet holds a victory over Williams at Wimbledon and the American would have been concerned that lightning could strike twice as her opponent matched her blow for blow in the opening set.

It's been a hard few days in Rio for Serena Williams, 34. She staved off two set points before taking the game and tying the set. They had been 15-0 with three golds, but that run is now over. When Cornet struck a forehand wide, a relieved Williams celebrated the 7-6 (5) 6-2 win.

Brown, playing with his flowing dreadlocks tucked inside a white rasta beanie hat, retired in the second set of his clash with home hope Thomaz Bellucci after turning his left ankle in a nasty-looking fall. Williams started getting frustrated at so many of her shots being called just out. "If it's going out, maybe I'm hitting it a little bit too flat".

While Williams entered the match as the favorite to advance, Cornet has given her trouble lately.

She raced to a 3-0 edge in the second set, and that was pretty much that.

On Saturday night, Venus' availability for doubles was put in doubt by US women's tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez, who said the four-time gold medalist and seven-time Grand Slam champion had cramping, dehydration and an upset stomach following a first-round loss in singles. "It was emotional. I was so happy I could stay competitive and still be in the match when I had that opportunity at the end to take the last couple of points of the tiebreaker".

She got her campaign off to the flawless start, defeating Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2.

Muguruza, the French Open champion, routed Japan's Nao Hibino 6-1, 6-1 in just 55 minutes.

Wimbledon champion Murray, the second seed, clinched an eighth win in eight meetings against Serbia's Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-2.

In a tournament that began without half of the ATP's top 10, del Potro looks like someone who might be able to add another medal to his 2012 bronze. "No one wants to go out in the first round".

"I don t know how they allowed us to play like this".

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