With silver medal, Venus ties Olympic record


August 15, 2016
Venus Williams (right) returns as her partner Rajeev Ram, watches during their mixed doubles gold medal match against Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, of the United States, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (AP Photo)


Bethanie Mattek-Sands figures she'll retire the stars and stripes socks and frame them with her gold medal.

In an all-American mixed doubles final yesterday, Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won the title as first-time Olympians. And they did it against an opponent who has won as many medals and as many golds as any tennis player in history.

Mattek-Sands and Sock beat Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram to deny Williams a record fifth gold. With the silver, Williams still tied the Olympic mark with her fifth medal: Kathleen McKane also won five (one gold) in the 1920s.

Williams owns one singles gold and three in doubles with sister Serena, but she was upset in the first round in Rio de Janeiro in both tournaments while battling a virus. Her Olympics were seemingly over since she wasn't originally expected to compete in mixed doubles.

Ram, meanwhile, wasn't even originally supposed to be in Rio. The 32-year-old was added to his first Olympic roster a few days before the opening ceremony when the 2012 men's doubles gold medallists, Bob and Mike Bryan, withdrew.

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