The streak has ended! In one of the most shocking turns of events in the Rio Olympics 2016, the Williams sisters lost their first match. The defending gold medalists of the women’s doubles tennis tournaments have bowed out. In effect, the tennis superstars conceded their title much earlier than expected.
Prior to the stunning loss, the sister duo had dominated the Olympic tennis games. As a doubles team, the sister tandem entered their first Rio Olympics 2016 matchup with a 15-0 record. The pair also won the gold medal in 2000, 2008, and 2012. Additionally, they were also ranked as the first seeded team in women’s doubles.
The defeat came in the hands of the Czech Republic team, which was comprised of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. Many scouts regarded the Czech team as the clear underdogs. They also projected that the three-time doubles gold medalists would secure an easy win. However, the Czech duo clearly proved the scouts wrong as they outlasted the American tennis superstar in two sets, finishing with them off with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
The streak is over.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 7, 2016
To make matters worse for the Williams sisters, Safarova and Strycova had never won an Olympics doubles match. Reports also claim that Strycova was a late replacement for Karolina Pliskova. Unlike the Williams sisters, the Czech team was unseeded coming into Rio. With no experience playing together, the Czech duo still managed to pull off one of Rio’s biggest upsets.
The loss also marks the end of the Rio Olympics 2016 Games for Venus Williams. The tennis superstar dropped a close women’s singles match against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. The loss came a day before the stunning doubles defeat. It was also revealed that Venus was suffering from an illness.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams will continue her Olympic quest. She won her first-round singles match against Australian Daria Gavrilova.
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