Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Tennis Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
Because of injuries to [Serena Williams], the Williams' sisters were not back to defend their title. [Venus Williams] competed with [Chanda Rubin], but they lost in the first round. The top seed was the Russian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and [Yelena Likhovtseva], but they won only one match before going out. The final was won by the eighth seeds, [Li Ting] and [Sun Tiantian] of China. Prior to Athens, together they had played in only one Grand Slam tournament. They defeated the second seeds, the relatively ancient pair of [Conchita MartÃnez] and [Vivi Ruano] of Spain, whose combined age was 63 years in Athens. Ruano was a doubles specialist, who won 38 titles and eight Grand Slams in her career, always partnering Argentina's [Paola SuÃ¡rez], which was not possible at the Olympics.