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The Williams sisters have been playing as doubles partners at the Olympics since 2000, and had never lost a match together—until today, when they were eliminated in the first round in Rio by the Czech team of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.


That 15-0 run seems amazing, but Safarova and Strycova are both top-30 singles players, and the Williamses took a two-year break from playing as doubles partners. Still, save for 2004 (when Serena didn’t play) the sisters have owned the Olympics women’s doubles competition.


Timothy Burke is formerly Deadspin's Video Director.

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