Four-time gold medallist, Venus Williams yesterday crashed out of the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio, losing to Belgiumâ€™s Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in a three-hour centre court marathon.
â€œShe had been ill for a few days with a bad virus. She had an upset stomach and she was coughing up a lot, you could see she was really struggling,â€™ said US captain Mary Jo Fernandez, who faced the media in Williamsâ€™ place.
This is the first time in her career that Venus will lose in the opening round. Sheâ€™s said to be suffering with a virus and was heard coughing during the match. She will now play in the doubles with Serena.