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Tennis at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Doubles

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Tennis Center, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA United States-2
Silver: ESP Spain-1
Bronze: CHN China-1

Summary

The best doubles team in the world was the Williams’ sisters – Venus and Serena. They had won this gold medal in 2000 but could not defend it in 2004 due to injuries sustained by Serena. In 2008 they had finished 1-2 at Wimbledon and were heavily favored to win this event. However, they did not play all that often so were only seeded #2, behind Russia’s [Svetlana Kuznetsova] and Dinara Safina. The Russian duo went out somewhat early, however, in a long three-set match in the quarters, losing to China’s Yan Zi / Zheng Jie, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

The Williams survived a scare in the semi-finals when they were pushed to three sets by the Ukrainian sister team of Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, but winning the third set easily, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. This set up a final against Spain’s Anabel Medina and Vivi Ruano, which turned out to be close to a walkover, as the Williams won the gold medal, 6-2, 6-0. They would return in 2012 and win the doubles gold medal for a third time. Yan and Zheng won the bronze medal over the Bondarenko’s, 6-2, 6-2.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States-2 USA Gold
2 Spain-1 ESP Silver
3 China-1 CHN Bronze
4 Ukraine-2 UKR
5T Russia-1 RUS
5T United States-1 USA
5T Italy-2 ITA
5T Russia-2 RUS
9T India IND
9T Switzerland SUI
9T Australia-1 AUS
9T Belarus-1 BLR
9T Belarus-2 BLR
9T Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Argentina ARG
9T Japan JPN
17T Italy-1 ITA
17T Greece GRE
17T Slovakia SVK
17T Ukraine-1 UKR
17T Czech Republic-1 CZE
17T Estonia EST
17T Poland-1 POL
17T Poland-2 POL
17T China-2 CHN
17T Australia-2 AUS
17T France FRA
17T Spain-2 ESP
17T Israel ISR
17T Hungary HUN
17T Czech Republic-2 CZE