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Doubles, Women

Date12 – 17 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Aolinpike Gongyuan Wangqiuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants62 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The best doubles team in the world was the Williams’ sisters – Venus and Serena. They had won this gold medal in 2000 but could not defend it in 2004 due to injuries sustained by Serena. In 2008 they had finished 1-2 at Wimbledon and were heavily favored to win this event. However, they did not play all that often so were only seeded #2, behind Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina. The Russian duo went out somewhat early, however, in a long three-set match in the quarters, losing to China’s Yan Zi / Zheng Jie, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

The Williams survived a scare in the semi-finals when they were pushed to three sets by the Ukrainian sister team of Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, but winning the third set easily, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. This set up a final against Spain’s Anabel Medina and Vivi Ruano, which turned out to be close to a walkover, as the Williams won the gold medal, 6-2, 6-0. They would return in 2012 and win the doubles gold medal for a third time. Yan and Zheng won the bronze medal over the Bondarenko’s, 6-2, 6-2.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSAGold
2Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESPSilver
3Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHNBronze
4Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR
=5Svetlana Kuznetsova / Dinara SafinaRUS
=5Lindsay Davenport / Liezel HuberUSA
=5Flavia Pennetta / Francesca SchiavoneITA
=5Yelena Vesnina / Vera ZvonaryovaRUS
=9Sania Mirza / Sunitha RaoIND
=9Emmanuelle Gagliardi / Patty SchnyderSUI
=9Samantha Stosur / Rennae StubbsAUS
=9Vika Azarenka / Tatsiana PoutchakBLR
=9Volha Havartsova / Daria KustavaBLR
=9Chan Yung-Jan / Chuang Chia-JungTPE
=9Gisela Dulko / Betina JozamiARG
=9Ayumi Morita / Ai SugiyamaJPN
=17Mara Santangelo / Roberta VinciITA
=17Eleni Daniilidou / Anna GerasimouGRE
=17Daniela Hantuchová / Janette HusárováSVK
=17Mariya Koryttseva / Tetiana PerebyinisUKR
=17Petra Kvitová / Lucie ŠafářováCZE
=17Maret Ani / Kaia KanepiEST
=17Klaudia Jans / Alicja RosolskaPOL
=17Marta Domachowska / Agnieszka RadwańskaPOL
=17Peng Shuai / Sun TiantianCHN
=17Casey Dellacqua / Alicia MolikAUS
=17Alizé Cornet / Virginie RazzanoFRA
=17Nuria Llagostera / María MartínezESP
=17Tzipora Obziler / Shahar Pe'erISR
=17Gréta Arn / Ágnes SzávayHUN
=17Iveta Benešová / Nicole VaidišováCZE
DNSTatiana Golovin / Pauline ParmentierFRA

Round One (12 – 13 August 2008)

Winners advanced to round two.

Match #1 Svetlana Kuznetsova / Dinara SafinaRUS Mara Santangelo / Roberta VinciITA 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Match #2 Sania Mirza / Sunitha RaoIND Tatiana Golovin / Pauline ParmentierFRA walkover
Match #3 Emmanuelle Gagliardi / Patty SchnyderSUI Eleni Daniilidou / Anna GerasimouGRE 6-0, 6-4
Match #4 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Daniela Hantuchová / Janette HusárováSVK 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
Match #5 Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESP Mariya Koryttseva / Tetiana PerebyinisUKR 6-3, 6-4
Match #6 Samantha Stosur / Rennae StubbsAUS Petra Kvitová / Lucie ŠafářováCZE 6-1, 6-0
Match #7 Vika Azarenka / Tatsiana PoutchakBLR Maret Ani / Kaia KanepiEST 6-2, 6-2
Match #8 Lindsay Davenport / Liezel HuberUSA Klaudia Jans / Alicja RosolskaPOL 6-2, 6-1
Match #9 Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR Marta Domachowska / Agnieszka RadwańskaPOL 6-3, 6-2
Match #10 Volha Havartsova / Daria KustavaBLR Peng Shuai / Sun TiantianCHN 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3)
Match #11 Flavia Pennetta / Francesca SchiavoneITA Casey Dellacqua / Alicia MolikAUS 6-4, 6-4
Match #12 Chan Yung-Jan / Chuang Chia-JungTPE Alizé Cornet / Virginie RazzanoFRA 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (3-7), 7-5
Match #13 Yelena Vesnina / Vera ZvonaryovaRUS Nuria Llagostera / María MartínezESP 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Match #14 Gisela Dulko / Betina JozamiARG Tzipora Obziler / Shahar Pe'erISR 6-3, 6-2
Match #15 Ayumi Morita / Ai SugiyamaJPN Gréta Arn / Ágnes SzávayHUN 6-3, 6-3
Match #16 Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSA Iveta Benešová / Nicole VaidišováCZE 4-6, 7-5, 6-1

Round Two (13 – 15 August 2008)

Winners advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 Svetlana Kuznetsova / Dinara SafinaRUS Sania Mirza / Sunitha RaoIND 6-4, 6-4
Match #2 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Emmanuelle Gagliardi / Patty SchnyderSUI 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
Match #3 Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESP Samantha Stosur / Rennae StubbsAUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Match #4 Lindsay Davenport / Liezel HuberUSA Vika Azarenka / Tatsiana PoutchakBLR 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Match #5 Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR Volha Havartsova / Daria KustavaBLR 6-1, 6-3
Match #6 Flavia Pennetta / Francesca SchiavoneITA Chan Yung-Jan / Chuang Chia-JungTPE 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 8-6
Match #7 Yelena Vesnina / Vera ZvonaryovaRUS Gisela Dulko / Betina JozamiARG 6-2, 6-3
Match #8 Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSA Ayumi Morita / Ai SugiyamaJPN 7-5, 6-2

Quarter-Finals (15 August 2008)

Winners advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Svetlana Kuznetsova / Dinara SafinaRUS 6-3, 5-7, 10-8
Match #2 Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESP Lindsay Davenport / Liezel HuberUSA 5-7, 7-6 (–-6), 8-6
Match #3 Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR Flavia Pennetta / Francesca SchiavoneITA 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Match #4 Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSA Yelena Vesnina / Vera ZvonaryovaRUS 6-4, 6-0

Semi-Finals (16 August 2008)

Winners advanced to final round.

Match #1 Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESP Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
Match #2 Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSA Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Final Round (17 August 2008)

Match 1/2 Serena Williams / Venus WilliamsUSA Anabel Medina / Vivi RuanoESP 6-2, 6-0
Match 3/4 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Alona Bondarenko / Kateryna BondarenkoUKR 6-2, 6-2