By: Annie Beadle
As the 2016 Rio Olympics forge into their second week, two legendary powerhouses on are noticeably absent on the tennis courts. After a shocking defeat by the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in round one of the doubles event, Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated from the quest for their fourth consecutive gold medal.
This match marked the first defeat the sisters had ever experienced in their partnered doubles Olympic career.
The three-time doubles gold medalists were unable to defend against the Czechs. The opposition capitalized on Venus’s weak stance at the baseline, leaving Serena standing helplessly at the net. The tactics of the Czechs eventually prevailed, resulting in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
On Saturday night, Venus Williams lost her first round singles match, leaving her sister, Serena, to carry on the reputation of the American stars through her own singles journey. During round three of the singles tournament, however, Serena lost to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina,0-2, eliminating her from the medal contention.
The only medal the golden Williams will see in Rio is a silver Venus earned in mixed doubles with her United States teammate, Rajeev Ram. The pair lost to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in a fierce tiebreaker. With this loss, Venus gave up the chance of being the woman with the most Olympic gold medals in tennis.
These uncharacteristic losses have shocked tennis fans and novice Olympic viewers alike. The amount of unbeatable talent once associated with the famed sisters now is in question as they failed to live up to their usual standards in these Olympic games.