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USA beats USA for gold in mixed doubles; Venus ties 82-year-old record in loss

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Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands came back from a first set loss to take the gold medal from fellow American mixed doubles pair Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram on Sunday in Rio.

Williams and Ram won the first set 7-6, but Sock and Mattek-Sands went 6-1 in the second.

The third set went 10-7, and Mattek-Sands, in her stars and stripes socks, celebrated a gold medal with partner Sock.

With the silver medal, Venus tied Kathleen McKane for most medals in tennis. McKane won one gold out of her five medals in the 1920s. Williams has four gold and a silver. Her four gold are tied with sister Serena for most golds in Olympic tennis history.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic took bronze.

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Three gold medals are coming Sunday in the world of tennis, with women’s doubles, men’s singles, and mixed doubles preparing for the podium.

Mixed doubles gold will kick off the day, with the top honors potentially going to Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram of the United States. Venus is seeking her fifth gold medal, having secured one in singles and three in doubles. If she wins gold, she’ll move ahead of sister Serena for most tennis golds in Olympic history.

It’s Russia and Switzerland dueling in women’s doubles, with Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina across the net from Timea Bacsinszky and Martina Hingis.

Men’s singles sees Andy Murray tangling with Juan Martin Del Potro. After being stuck in an elevator before his first match, JMDP went on to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal en route to his date with the reigning gold medal winner Murray.


Women’s doubles gold — 1 p.m. EDT

Men’s singles gold — 3 p.m. EDT

Mixed doubles gold — 1 p.m. EDT

U.S. adds tennis player to Olympic roster after Bryan brothers withdraw

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Tennis player Rajeev Ram is the newest member of the U.S. Olympic team, added Sunday, one day after Olympic doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan withdrew due to health concerns.

Ram, ranked No. 118 in the world in singles, will play doubles in Rio with Steve Johnson. Rio will mark his first Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic men’s singles team includes Johnson, Jack SockDenis Kudla and Brian Baker, all first-time Olympians.

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