Serena Williams and Venus Williams Face 1st Time Loss at Olympics Doubles Match

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Tennis champ siblings Venus Williams and Serena Williams faced their first loss at an Olympics doubles match during the opening weekend of the games.

The sisters paired up against opponents from the Czech Republic, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, and ended up losing the match 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

“We played terrible,” Serena told ESPN, “and it showed in the results.”

“I wasn’t playing the way I needed to play,” she continued. “I wasn’t crossing the way I need to cross.”

According to ABC, Safarova and Strycova initially weren’t even supposed to play together during the tournament. Strycova was actually a late replacement for Karolina Pliskova, who withdrew from the tournament.

“It was a challenge,” Safarova said of playing the sisters, “and we love challenges. We had nothing to lose. We stepped out there today and played a great game and deserved to win.”

The day wasn’t a complete wash for Serena Williams however, who won her first-rounder in the singles championship earlier that day. She can also still take solace in the fact that she’s currently the world’s highest paid female athlete, earning $28.9 million over the last year- with her over-all career prize money totals to $77.6 million-two times what any other female athlete has claimed.

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