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Venus set for historic fifth medal

By The Assam Tribune

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14: American veteran Venus Williams became only the second tennis player in history to win five Olympic medals after reaching the mixed doubles final.

The 36-year-old teamed up with Rajeev Ram to beat India�s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 in the semifinal.

Britain�s Kathleen McKane also won five medals between 1920-24.

Later today, Venus also bids to become the first ever tennis player to win five Olympic gold medals. She currently shares the record of four golds with her sister Serena.

�I�m used to doing this with Serena and it�s such a crazy feeling to do it with someone else,� said Venus who was beaten in the first round of the singles in Rio as well as the doubles with Serena.

�To feel what I feel with Serena, (but) with someone else, is a wild emotion and I never thought it would happen.�

Williams and Ram will face fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock who beat Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Williams said she was stunned to be in gold medal match as she and Ram were only teamed together at the last minute.

�It�s different. With Serena, I expect to win, I got to be honest. And we (Ram) never play together, and we didn�t know how we were going to play,� she explained.

�So the emotion is almost even bigger because you don�t know what to expect.� � AFP

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Venus set for historic fifth medal

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 14: American veteran Venus Williams became only the second tennis player in history to win five Olympic medals after reaching the mixed doubles final.

The 36-year-old teamed up with Rajeev Ram to beat India�s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna 2-6, 6-2, 10-3 in the semifinal.

Britain�s Kathleen McKane also won five medals between 1920-24.

Later today, Venus also bids to become the first ever tennis player to win five Olympic gold medals. She currently shares the record of four golds with her sister Serena.

�I�m used to doing this with Serena and it�s such a crazy feeling to do it with someone else,� said Venus who was beaten in the first round of the singles in Rio as well as the doubles with Serena.

�To feel what I feel with Serena, (but) with someone else, is a wild emotion and I never thought it would happen.�

Williams and Ram will face fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock who beat Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

Williams said she was stunned to be in gold medal match as she and Ram were only teamed together at the last minute.

�It�s different. With Serena, I expect to win, I got to be honest. And we (Ram) never play together, and we didn�t know how we were going to play,� she explained.

�So the emotion is almost even bigger because you don�t know what to expect.� � AFP

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