Venus Williams Settles For Silver In Mixed Doubles Final


Venus Williams has missed out on becoming the first tennis player to win five Olympic gold medals when she and partner Rajeev Ram were defeated in an all-American mixed doubles final in Rio on Sunday.

Williams, who teamed up with Ram at short notice for the tournament, looked on course for a fifth gold when taking the first set.

But she had to settle for silver after fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock downed the 36-year-old and Ram 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 10-7 to grab the gold.

‘You always go into a match trying to win it and you never know if you are going to be able to cross that line,’ said Williams, who had to be content with a record-equaling fifth medal in total.

‘So I really feel just excited that we played really well the whole tournament.’

She added: ‘I’m excited that we had chances and put ourselves in a position to win that match and you can’t ask for more.

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