It didn’t take long for Venus Williams’ Summer Olympics to come to an end.
One day after being eliminated from the women’s singles competition, Venus and sister Serena were bounced from the women’s doubles tournament in the first round. The Williams sisters lost to Lucie Safarova and Barbara Strycova of the Czech Republic in straight sets Sunday, 6-3, 6-4. While Serena is still alive in the women’s singles competition after beating Daria Gavrilova earlier Sunday, Venus has played her last match in these Summer Olympics.
Also of note is that this is the first time that the Williams sisters have lost a doubles match in the Olympics, as they won gold in Sydney (2000), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).
According to United States Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez, Venus played Saturday’s match while dealing with illness and one has to wonder if the ailment played a role in her productivity Sunday as well.
“Unfortunately, Venus has been sick for a few days, is really ill right now,” Fernandez said following Venus’ loss to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens according to Yahoo Sports. “She tried to get through that match – almost got to the finish line. But she’s been dehydrated, with some cramps, upset stomach. You probably could see on the court she’s coughing quite a bit.
“A bit of bad luck and bad timing that everything came together at this juncture for her. But she fought. She gave it her best out there.”
Serena will be back in action Monday, as she faces Alize Cornet of France in the second round of the women’s singles tournament.