The best tennis players in the world will kick off their pursuit for gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Team USA Olympics 2016 bets Venus Williams and Madison Keys will see action along with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in Day 1.
Venus Williams will begin her campaign in what could be her final Olympic appearance. The American tennis icon will face Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the first round. Williams will be a heavy favorite over her 30-year-old opponent, who has ranked as high as No. 13 in the world three years ago.
Williams is no stranger to winning in the biggest sporting event in the world. The 36-year-old star won the gold medal in the women’s singles competition in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She also won the women’s doubles gold in 2000, 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London.
Meanwhile, Madison Keys will also begin her chase for her first Olympic gold medal. She will be facing 21-year-old Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in the first round of the tournament.
Keys told QC Online that she is excited to start her campaign in the Rio Games, which will be her first Olympic stint. While she is aware the competition will be tough, the 21-year-old and ninth-seeded player in the tournament said she determined to make her country proud.
“I love representing the USA,” Keys said. “I want to make the country proud.”
Meanwhile, lone Canadian single’s bet Eugenie Bouchard will also see action on Saturday. She will be going up against another American Sloane Stephens.
Bouchard and Stephens know each other very well, having trained and competed against each other since they were 12 years old. Bouchard said that she has no room for complacency, citing Stephens’ recent performances.
“I know Sloane well, as I’ve known her since we were 12,” Bouchard told Sportsnet Canada. “She’s playing really well right now so I will just try to play good tennis. It will be a battle for sure. I just want to go out and do as well as I can here.”