Williams sisters will play doubles after all

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Venus and Serena Williams at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Venus Williams will play doubles with her sister at the Olympics, after all.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tom LaDue tells The Associated Press that Williams will be available for her doubles match Sunday despite being sick.

LaDue says Williams is feeling better, a day after U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez said the four-time gold medalist and seven-time Grand Slam champion had cramping, dehydration and an upset stomach following a first-round loss in singles.

After that match Saturday night, Williams did not speak to reporters. Fernandez did, and she said Williams was still hoping to play doubles but had been ill since before arriving in Brazil.

Williams and her younger sister Serena have won three golds in doubles — at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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