Not so good news. Serena and Venus Williams have never lost an Olympic doubles match until Sunday night, going 15-0 and earning three gold medals together.
Their first-round opponents at the Rio de Janeiro Games, the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, never had won any sort of match as a pair, at any event. And they had zero wins between them in Olympic doubles competition, going a combined 0-3 with other partners.
So it fans were shocked when the famous Williams sisters were beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Safarova and Strycova in the first round in Rio.
Serena said after their loss:
We played terrible and it showed in the results.
The American duo was seeded No. 1 and coming off a 14th Grand Slam championship together at Wimbledon a month ago.
This was Serena’s second match of the day: The 22-time major singles champion won her first-rounder in that event earlier Sunday. The 36-year-old Venus, meanwhile, now has two first-round exits at the Rio Olympics, because she was beaten in singles on Saturday night.