Venus Williams’s bid for a record fifth Olympic tennis gold medal fell just short today in the mixed doubles final. Partnering with Rajeev Ram, Williams/Ram led Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3 in match tiebreak in the third set but couldn’t finish off their countryman.
Sock/Mattek-Sands rebounded winning seven of the last eight points to take it 6-7(3), 6-1, (10-7).
“This is probably going to be on the top,” said Mattek-Sands. “This my first Olympics, first time being selected. I don’t think it’s even comparable. You know, I’m super proud of myself for my Grand Slam titles, but I think the Olympics is just a different category altogether.”
Sock, who was fighting walking pneumonia at the start of the Olympics, leaves as the only player with multiple medals, also winning the bronze in the men’s doubles.
“The victory was pretty special and pretty surreal,” Sock said. “Definitely a moment we’ll never forget and something we’ll always share together.”
The bronze medal went to Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek, who defeated Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 6-1, 7-5.
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