Tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams had never lost a doubles match in their Olympic history, taking home gold medals at London in 2012, Beijing in 2008, and Sydney in 2000.
But that all changed yesterday in Rio, when the Williams sisters suffered a shocking upset at the hands of Czech doubles team Barbora Strýcová and Lucie Šafářová.
Strýcová and Šafářová handily beat the US team 6-3, 6-4 in two sets.
Afterwards, Venus called the Czechs “too good.”
“I enjoyed it from beginning to end,” Šafářová said. “The Brazilians chanted ‘Češi, Češi!’”
News of surprise defeat quickly spread through mainstream and social media.
“Venus and Serena Stunned in Rio,” reads a CNN headline.
Hours after the Williams sisters were topped by the Czech team, #1 ranked Novak Djokovic also suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, who had spent forty minutes stuck inside an Olympic Village elevator earlier in the day.
In female singles action, Czech star Petra Kvitová cruised past Hungary’s Tímea Babos 6-1, 6-2 earlier in the day.
Up next, Strýcová and Šafářová will face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Gabriela Dabrowski.