Serena Williams had a disappointing run at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Not only did she fail to advance beyond round one in doubles with her sister Venus, but she also flunked out of singles, unable to defend her gold medal titles from Beijing.
But that doesn’t mean that she is a sour loser! Serena Williams has been super supportive of the other members of Team USA, who has been able to capture the elusive gold medal. She recently congratulated a U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and gymnast Simone Biles on their gold medals.
The world number one tennis player hoped to join the ranks of African Americans taking home a gold medal, but it looks like Olympics 2016 won’t be the time for the 34-year-old tennis player to do so. Maybe she can try her luck at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020!
Simone Biles and Simone Manuel have not just their first names in common. So far, the two athletes have the same gold medal count, each with two. Simone Biles is expected to capture one or two more at Olympics 2016. Seeing just how the world’s most dominant gymnast, it will not surprise anyone if she manages to win a couple more!
Serena Williams paid tribute to the greatest gymnast in the world by doing a toned down gymnast routine in her dance studio on her Snapchat.
“[T]he 34-year-old four-time gold medal winner tried her hand at impersonating the 19-year-old’s impressive moves, capturing her own less-than-flawless routine in a hilarious series of Snapchat videos,” reports Daily Mail. “Posted to her account on Friday afternoon, the clips see Serena dressed in some bright turquoise leggings and a matching workout top while cartwheeling her way around what appears to be a dance studio.”
As for Simone Manuel, her official medal count is a little higher than Biles’ – two gold and two silver. She won her silver medals in 50m freestyle and women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
As for Serena Williams, her losses at this year’s Olympics has been inexplicable. She made a lot of errors that are unlike her in her match against Elina Svitolina in the Round 16 of singles tennis, eventually losing to the Ukrainian in just 72 minutes and two sets, 6-4, 6-3.
“Obviously I’m disappointed,” the world number one said according to USA Today. “The better player won. It was a great opportunity that didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. At least I was able to make Rio, which was one of my goals. It was awesome, but it’s over now.”
This year’s gold medal was captured by Puerto Rican Monica Puig, who beat world number two Angelique Kerber. By winning the gold medal, she “became the first woman in history to win a medal for Puerto Rico at the Olympic Games, and the third Puerto Rican overall to compete for a gold medal at an individual sport,” according to Rio 2016.
Just because her medal count is nonexistent this year, that doesn’t mean that Serena’s love ones are no longer supporting her. Her boyfriend Alexis Ohanian has been tweeting about her and her sister all throughout Olympics 2016. Even though she failed to capture any medals this year, he still has her Vogue interview video pinned at the top of his Twitter account.
Serena and Venus quickly gave up their campaign for gold when they failed to get beyond the first round games at Rio.
They were defeated by Czech pair Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
“It was a really tough match for us and a really tough draw, but we’re used to tough draws,” she said. “We honestly didn’t play our best whatsoever tonight. We played terrible and that basically showed in the results. I don’t know why. I wasn’t playing the way I needed to play, I wasn’t crossing the way I needed to cross, it was what it was.”
Congratulations to Monica Puig, who captured the gold in Women’s Singles tennis at Rio
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