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Aug 16th, 2004, 09:32 PM
Williams, Rubin lose doubles opener at Olympics
http://sports.yahoo.com/oly/tennis/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpb3M3YzRkBF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwN0 bQ--?slug=ap-venuslosesten&prov=ap&type=lgns
August 16, 2004

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Venus Williams and Chanda Rubin lost 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to eighth-seeded Li Ting and Sun Tian Tian of China in the first round of the Olympic doubles tournament Monday night.

Williams won the doubles gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games with her sister Serena, who pulled out of these Olympics last week, citing a left knee injury. So Rubin filled in, marking the first time Venus Williams ever played a tournament doubles match with anyone but her sibling.

With the American pair trailing 4-3 in the final set, and Rubin serving, she put a backhand volley into the net to give their opponents a break point. Williams' forehand volley then sailed long, allowing Li and Sun to take a 5-3 lead.

Sun then served out the match at love, ending it with a strong serve that Williams returned into the net.

Updated on Monday, Aug 16, 2004 3:42 pm EDT

Aug 16th, 2004, 10:30 PM
Good fight you guys, it's not that surprising seeing as Venus hasn't played doubles in over a year and has never had another partner. Chanda also hasn't had too many doubles matches.

Aug 16th, 2004, 10:39 PM
Great win for the chinese.

Unlucky Chanda and Venus.