Venus Williams captures silver in mixed doubles

Free Press wire reports | 8/19/2016, 2:33 p.m.
You can’t keep the Williams sisters down.

You can’t keep the Williams sisters down.

After losing in the first round of singles play in tennis at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and undergoing a jaw-dropping defeat in the first round of doubles play with her sister, tennis star Venus Williams won an Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles competition last Sunday.

Williams’win, with partner Rajeev Ram, secures her fifth Olympic medal, tying the Olympic mark in tennis.

The 36-year-old Williams already holds one Olympic gold medal in singles and three gold medals in doubles with her superstar sister, Serena Williams.

She remains tied at four gold med- als with her sister, and is now tied with Britain’s Kathleen McKane, who won five Olympic tennis medals — only one

gold — between 1920 and 1924. Williams looked on course to win a record fifth gold in her finals match with Ram when they won the first set. But the pair eventually lost to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-

Sands and Jack Sock 6-7(3), 6-1, 10-7. Williams and Ram teamed up at the last minute. Williams admitted that she found their

success — albeit silver — surprising. “I’m used to doing this with Serena,” she told reporters. “It’s such a crazy feeling.”