Just a quick dropshot post giving congratulations to the ladies taking doubles and mixed doubles Gold Medals home from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Elena Vesnina continued a resurgent year by pairing with longtime doubles partner Ekaterina Makarova to bring Golden glory to Russia in women’s doubles. Elena won mixed doubles with Bruno Soares at the 2016 Australian Open, was runner-up in women’s doubles at Roland Garros and Rome with Makarova, won in Montreal with Makarova and had her best ever Major performance in singles, a semifinal at Wimbledon. She and Kate took out Timea Bacsinszky and Hall of Fame legend Martina Hingis in the Rio final, 6-4 6-4.
It was an all American affair in the Rio 2016 mixed doubles final as Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock outlasted Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in a super-tiebreak 6-7 (3) 6-1 [10-7]. While it’s tough to see another Hall of Fame legend like Venus Williams go down in what is likely to be her last Olympics (although you never know), I am thrilled to see what Bethanie Mattek-Sands has become. I remember when Bethanie was equally, if not moreso, known for her…curious…fashion choices on court than her results. She has turned herself into a 2-time women’s doubles Major champion, a 2-time mixed doubles Major champion and now, an Olympic Gold Medalist. And great credit to Jack Sock. An aspiring singles player for the United States, he too has become an amazing doubles champion. He won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles with Melanie Oudin and teamed up with Vasek Pospisil of Canada to upset the Bryan Brothers and win the men’s doubles crown at Wimbledon 2014. All congratulations to Bethanie and Jack (dubbed the team of “Socks and Sock”) on a terrific performance bringing home the Gold.
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MEDALISTS IN REVERSE ORDER
BRONZE MEDALISTS: LUCIE HRADECKA/RADEK STEPANEK (CZECH REPUBLIC)
SILVER MEDALISTS: VENUS WILLIAMS/RAJEEV RAM (UNITED STATES)
GOLD MEDALISTS: BETHANIE MATTEK-SANDS/JACK SOCK (UNITED STATES)
BRONZE MEDALISTS: LUCIE SAFAROVA/BARBORA STRYCOVA (CZECH REPUBLIC)
SILVER MEDALISTS: MARTINA HINGIS/TIMEA BACSINSZKY (SWITZERLAND)
GOLD MEDALISTS: EKATERINA MAKAROVA/ELENA VESNINA (RUSSIA)