When the women's double draw was revealed at the French Open, there was no further doubt that Serena, 34, and her older sister Venus, 36, were about to start their preparation for the Summer Olympics. The US pair has a long successful history regarding the Olympics. The Williams duet won the women double contest on three edition, namely Sydney in 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. Both Tennis players represent a major page in tennis history.

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For those nostalgics, the early 2000's is a great example. Back then, Williams sisters used to keep in the headlines in the WTA circuit, by dominating both the single and doubles contests. At the present time, Serena Williams might outshine her sister, but Venus had her share of fame.

Preparing for Rio.

In order to compete in Rio, a tennis player must pass some eligibility points. According to the WTA official site, firstly, a player should be part of the Fed Cup team.

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Regarding the doubles contest, the pair also must play several matches. In 2016, the Williams sisters played together in two WTA events gathering a total of four matches - losing two and winning two of them. The French Open was the point where things have become clearer. They are also going to compete in the women`s doubles at Wimbledon. With merely a month left until it begins, It`ll be probably the last rehearsal prior to Rio.

One of the best team in women`s tennis ever.

The Williams sisters` success is best highlighted by the quoting some figures. As a team, the Williams sisters have won 13 Grand Slam tournaments and three gold medals at the Olympics. More specifically:

  • Australian Open 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010
  • Roland Garros 1999, 2010
  • Wimbledon Championships 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012
  • US Open 1999, 2009
  • Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney (2000), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).

As it stands, the figures are quite overwhelming.

There is no another pair that has ever produced such results. Moreover, the time-lapse between their first major result and the last one is impressive - 13 years to battle at that level is not for ordinary people. And that time-lapse might increase by another four years if the Williams sisters prevail once more in Rio.

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