Venus Williams loses opening match in Rio
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 07, 2016 09:45 AM
Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts after losing to Kirsten Flipkens, of Begium, in three sets at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Venus Williams faded as her opening match at her record fifth Olympics dragged past 3 hours and she lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to Kristen Flipkens of Belgium.
The 36-year-old American — owner of four gold medals and seven Grand Slam titles — labored at times and even showed frustration by shouting "Ridiculous!" after dropping one point Saturday night.
With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry watching, the fifth-seeded Williams was broken while serving for the victory at 5-3. She was two points from the win four times but could not close out Flipkens, who is ranked 62nd and only once reached the semifinals of a major tournament.
When the match ended, Flipkens reacted as if she'd won gold, even getting down on the ground to kiss the white five-ring Olympic logo on the green court.
Williams is the first tennis player to participate in singles at five Summer Games.