It will be a surprise, to say the least, if defending golf medalist Serena Williams doesn’t claim her fifth Olympic Games title. While the draw that Williams sits in isn’t the poshest of positions the Team USA top ranked player has the experience and the game management to travel deep into the Rio tournament stages.
In what is expected to be the Williams sisters final Olympic games the two will also defend their doubles gold medal they secured in London.
Olympic tennis tournament matches are competed in the best-of-three sets, save the men’s singles final, which is decided in the best-of-five sets format, with a final set tiebreak, if the situation calls for such.
There will be 64 players each in the men’s and women’s singles draws, 32 teams each in the men’s and women’s doubles draws and 16 teams in the mixed doubles.
The Olympic players are not in line receive WTA rankings points, or prize money, for participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Rio 2016 Sumer Olympic Tennis Gold Medal Dates:
Saturday, August 13: Women’s singles
Sunday, August 14: Women’s doubles
The SuperBook of Las Vegas, WestGate, has posted their Odds to Win Gold in the Women’s Tournament and Serena Williams is the overwhelming favorite to defend her title.