Venus eyes new record

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

AMER­I­CAN vet­eran Venus Wil­liams on Au­gust 13 be­came only the sec­ond ten­nis player in his­tory to win five Olympic medals af­ter reach­ing the mixed dou­bles fi­nal.

The 36-year-old teamed up with Ra­jeev Ram to beat In­dia’s Sa­nia Mirza and Ro­han Bopanna 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 in the semi-fi­nal.

Bri­tain’s Kath­leen McKane also won five medals be­tween 1920 and 1924.

Yes­ter­day, Venus also bid to be­come the first ever ten­nis player to win five Olympic gold medals.

She cur­rently shares the record of four golds with her sis­ter Ser­ena.

“I’m used to do­ing this with Ser­ena and it’s such a crazy feel­ing to do it with some­one else,” said Venus who was beaten in the first round of the sin­gles in Rio as well as the dou­bles with Ser­ena.

“To feel what I feel with Ser­ena, [but] with some­one else, is a wild emo­tion and I never thought it would hap­pen.”

Wil­liams and Ram will face fel­low Amer­i­cans Bethanie Mat­tek-Sands and Jack Sock who beat Lu­cie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Wil­liams said she was stunned to be in gold medal match as she and Ram were only teamed to­gether at the last minute.

“It’s dif­fer­ent. With Ser­ena, I ex­pect to win, I got to be hon­est. And we [Ram] never play to­gether, and we didn’t know how we were go­ing to play,” she said.

“So the emo­tion is al­most even big­ger be­cause you don’t know what to ex­pect.”

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