Houston's Huber: Pick me instead of Serena for Olympic doubles
By Jerome Solomon
LONDON - Houston's Liezel Huber said Sunday that she believes she and partner Lisa Raymond should be selected ahead of Serena Williams to represent the U.S. in mixed double competition at the Olympics.
The U.S. gets to nominate two pairs for the competition, and Williams, fresh off her singles and doubles win at Wimbledon, could very well be chosen. Olympic tennis will be held at the All England Club, site of the Wimbledon.
Serena and her sister Venus won the gold medal in doubles in Beijing and Sydney and beat No. 1-ranked Huber and Raymond in the Wimbledon final. Williams didn't play in mixed doubles, which was won by Raymond and Mike Bryan. Huber and Bob Bryan lost in the semifinals.
"We're doubles specialists and that's what we do," Huber told reporters in London on Sunday, "so I think Serena should save her energy and her time and rack up the medals in the other events.
"She's a great player but I think Lisa and I deserve, by ranking, to be chosen to play mixed. It's up to the federation to choose, but I hope they choose the teams that we already decided to play together at the Wimbledon Championships because we want that practice for the Olympics."
Mixed doubles haven't been contested at the Olympic since 1924.
Houston's Zina Garrison paired with Pam Shriver to win the doubles gold in 1988, the first year that event had been played in the Olympics since 1924. The U.S. has won five of the six Olympics in doubles since the competition returned to the Games.