Williams sisters shocked by Czech pair in first round of Rio Olympics doubles

The top-seeded sisters slump to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 7:27am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 4:00pm

Serena and Venus Williams were deposed as Olympic Games women’s doubles champions on Sunday night (Rio time), their hopes of a fourth gold dashed by Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the first round.

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Just a day after 36-year-old Venus, suffering from a virus and stomach complaint, was beaten in the singles, the top-seeded sisters slumped to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat against the Czech pair.

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The sisters won the Olympic doubles title in 2000, 2008 and 2012.

Serena is the defending champion in singles while Venus was the title winner in Sydney 16 years ago.