Three-time Olympic double champions Venus and Serena Williams have suffered their first lost in the Rio Olympics 2016 Sunday afternoon.
Venus and Serena had a previous record of 15-0 in the Olympic games, having won the gold medal in women’s double every time from the Sydney Olympics 2000 to the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the London Olympics of 2012 but that’s all changed after Sunday’s double match.
The Williams sisters faced Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová of the Czech Republic in the first round and as NBCOlympics.com reports, lost the first set by 6-3. The second set was a close call as they had a lead of 4-3 but were unable to finish off strong, losing with a final score of 6-3 and 6-4.
Earlier that day, during the first round singles, Serena Williams defeated Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2 but her sister Venus was unable to continue, losing to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens after three sets, 4-6, 6-3 and 7-6.
After her lost to Flipkens, Venus’s management team has announced that she is currently suffering from an illness but many believe that this will be the last Olympics Venus- who is now 36- will ever partake in.
One thing is for certain: The losses Serena and Venus face may come as a surprise to fans of the sister, as USAToday reports that just last month, the sisters were considered to be the No. 1 duo in Rio after their 14th Grand Slam Championship at Wimbledon.
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