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Serena and Venus Williams stunned in Rio Olympic doubles

James Masters | 8/8/2016, 1 p.m.
They were one of the biggest favorites for gold -- but Serena and Venus Williams won't be topping the podium ...
Serena Williams (Photo: CNN)

— They were one of the biggest favorites for gold -- but Serena and Venus Williams won't be topping the podium together at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The sisters, who won the women's doubles title in 2000, 2008 and 2012, were stunned in the first round by the Czech pairing of Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova.

Seeded first at the tournament, the Americans were beaten 6-3 6-4 in 93 minutes.

This defeat capped a couple of miserable days for older sibling Venus, who was dumped out of the singles draw in the first round by Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.

Earlier Sunday, Serena started the defense of her singles title with a 6-4 6-2 win over Australia's Daria Gavrilova.

She will play Alize Cornet in the second round after the French player overcame Sweden's Johanna Larsson.

No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany also progressed after defeating Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino.