Venus and Serena Williams Lose in Shocking First Round Olympic Upset
In a surprising defeat, the champs go home early
The tennis superstars, who won the gold in 2000, 2008 and 2012, were heavy favorites to win for a fourth time.
But the Czech team of Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova managed to pull off the upset, beating the Williams sisters 6-3, 6-4.
As they walked off the court after their defeat, Serena spoke to reporters. “I wouldn’t stay it’s devastating,” she said, according to Reuters. “We had a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can. We had a blast out there.”
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“We’ve had so many Olympic doubles golds, so many grand slam championships,” she continued. “It’s been unbelievable.”
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