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2016 Rio Summer Olympics: Women’s doubles gold for Russians as US pair take mixed honours

8/15/16

On the final day of the Rio 2016 tennis tournament, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Swiss duo Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky to win gold in the women’s doubles. Meanwhile, American pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock got the better of compatriots Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram to top the mixed doubles podium.

In collecting silver, former world number one and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Williams pocketed a record-equalling fifth Olympic tennis medal. It was also a day to remember for Hingis – herself a former world No1-ranked player and a five-time Grand Slam singles champion – as she stepped onto the podium fully 20 years after her one previous Olympic appearance at Atlanta 1996.

She and Bacsinszky had no answer to Makarova and Vesnina, however, the Russians scooping their country’s seventh gold medal of Rio 2016. Regular partners since 2012 and the winners of two grand slam tournaments, Makarova and Vesnina produced some deft serve-and-volley play to win 6-4 6-4.

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