Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram advance to mixed doubles Gold Medal Match

Venus Williams lost in the first round of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Venus Williams may have been shut out of the women’s singles and doubles competition, but she could still earn gold in mixed doubles alongside countryman Rajeev Ram.

The team won their semifinal match on Saturday against the Indian team of Mirza/Bopanana. In lieu of a third set, mixed doubles competitions have a tiebreak that goes to 10; the American duo won 2-6, 6-2, 10-3.

Her wide smile and high jumps indicate that the illness that sapped her strength in the other two competitions has gone.

The mixed doubles final will occur Sunday. Williams and Ram could play Americans Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands or the Czech team of Hradecka/Stepanek. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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