American superstar Serena Williams will begin her title defense, while Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza will also start their gold medal bid in the 2016 Rio Olympics tennis women’s competition.
Williams, who is the heavy favorite to win the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics tennis competition for women, will face Daria Gavrilova of Australia in the first round. The top-seeded tennis superstar is tipped to run away with a convincing win over her Australian opponent.
Williams added an Olympic gold medal in a single’s event to her long list of achievements in 2012 in London. The 22-time Grand Slam champion defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia in a convincing fashion, losing just one game in the gold medal match. The American tennis icon is looking to repeat the feat in Rio this year.
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“Sometimes when I look at that match I don’t think I’ve ever played like that before or after,” Williams said of her win over Sharapova via The Guardian. “I’m hoping to get to that level again. Maybe it will happen here in Rio but it’s a moment I’ll never forget.”
Meanwhile, Garbine Muguruza of Spain will also see action on Centre Court on Sunday. She will be going up against a tough opponent in Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
Muguruza is having the best year of her career after winning the French Open earlier this year, defeating Williams in the final. The 22-year-old said that she is determined to bring home a medal for France. Angelique Kerber of Germany will also take court against Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia.
“I will do everything possible to give everything and get a medal for Spain,” Muguruza said via Tennis World USA.
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