Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Tennis Center, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 14, 2016
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
For the doubles qualification, the world ranking list was used with a maximum of two pairs per nation. The 24 best players qualified for Rio with eight more places being awarded by the International Tennis Federation. No two players from the same country started within the same section of the draw, which consisted of four sections of eight pairs, thus making it impossible for them to meet until the semi-finals.
Sisters [Serena] and [Venus Williams] came to Rio having won 15 consecutive Olympic doubles matches playing together, but that came to a halt when they lost their first round match to the Czech pair [Lucie Å afÃ¡ÅovÃ¡] and [Barbora StrÃ½covÃ¡]. The Russian duo [Yekaterina Makarova] and [Yelena Vesnina] won the gold medal, defeating [Timea Bacsinszky] and [Martina Hingis] from Switzerland in the final 6-4, 6-4. The loss meant Hingis failed to win her career Golden Slam.