The older of the two Williams sisters, Venus, has barely started her quest for another Olympic Gold, before she was defeated by the 62nd ranked Belgian Kirsten Flipkens (4:6, 6:3, 7:6).
Venus Williams 36, is the absolute record holder with 5 appearances at the Olympics, during which she won a total of 4 Olympic Gold medals. Three of the four Olympic Gold medals came in the doubles, while her only Gold medal in singles came back in 2000, at the Games in Sydney.
Now it seems that the years have caught up on her as she was not able close out the match against Flipkens, who made her first appearance at the Olympic Games.
Venus Williams started the match perfectly, winning the first set with 6:4. Flipkens came out strong in the second set winning some early breaks before closing out the set with 6:3 in her favor. The deciding set showcased some great tennis on both sides. After three hours of great tennis, Flipkens was more mentally and physically prepared which helped her to record her first win at the Olympics and probably one of the most important wins of her career.
After the match, Kristen Flipkens did not hide her excitement, as she jumped around of joy like she won the Olympic Gold medal. Her happiness was completely understandable, considering that this was her first appearance at the Olympic Games, and to defeat one of the greatest tennis champions in the history of the sport, must have been very special for her. She will continue the tournament with a second round clash against Lucie Safarova.
On the other side, althoug she probably has lost her last chance to win another Olympic Gold in the singles, Venus Williams will continue her quest for another Gold medal in doubles, alongside her younger sister Serena. The Williams sisters, a three time Olympic Gold medalist (2000 Sydney, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London) will play Safarova and Strycova in the first round of the doubles.
Words By: Admir Aljic