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Doubles, Women

Date15 – 22 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Antisfairises, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants64 from 21 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Because of injuries to Serena Williams, the Williams’ sisters were not back to defend their title. Venus Williams competed with Chanda Rubin, but they lost in the first round. The top seed was the Russian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Yelena Likhovtseva, but they won only one match before going out. The final was won by the eighth seeds, Li Ting and Sun Tiantian of China. Prior to Athens, together they had played in only one Grand Slam tournament. They defeated the second seeds, the relatively ancient pair of Conchita Martínez and Vivi Ruano of Spain, whose combined age was 63 years in Athens. Ruano was a doubles specialist, who won 38 titles and eight Grand Slams in her career, always partnering Argentina’s Paola Suárez, which was not possible at the Olympics.

PosNrPlayerNOC
1Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHNGold
2Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESPSilver
3Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARGBronze
4Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN
=5Nathalie Dechy / Sandrine TestudFRA
=5Alicia Molik / Rennae StubbsAUS
=5Martina Navratilova / Lisa RaymondUSA
=5Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN
=9Svetlana Kuznetsova / Yelena LikhovtsevaRUS
=9Akiko Morigami / Saori ObataJPN
=9Catalina Castaño / Fabiola ZuluagaCOL
=9Silvia Farina-Elia / Francesca SchiavoneITA
=9Jelena Kostanić / Karolina ŠpremCRO
=9Amélie Mauresmo / Mary PierceFRA
=9Myriam Casanova / Patty SchnyderSUI
=9Tathiana Garbin / Roberta VinciITA
=17Libuše Průšová / Barbora StrýcováCZE
=17Tina Križan / Katarina SrebotnikSLO
=17Melinda Czink / Anikó KaprosHUN
=17Anabel Medina / Arantxa Sánchez VicarioESP
=17Maret Ani / Kaia KanepiEST
=17Anne Kremer / Claudine SchaulLUX
=17Ľubomíra Kurhajcová / Martina SucháSVK
=17Chanda Rubin / Venus WilliamsUSA
=17Yelena Dementyeva / Anastasiya MyskinaRUS
=17Wynne Prakusya / Angie WidjajaINA
=17Eleni Daniilidou / Khristina ZakhariadouGRE
=17Yuliya Beihelzimer / Tetiana PerebyinisUKR
=17Daniela Hantuchová / Janette HusárováSVK
=17Maja Matevžič / Tina PisnikSLO
=17Nicole Pratt / Samantha StosurAUS
=17Petra Mandula / Kyra NagyHUN

Round One (15 – 17 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 Svetlana Kuznetsova / Yelena LikhovtsevaRUS Libuše Průšová / Barbora StrýcováCZE 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Match #2 Nathalie Dechy / Sandrine TestudFRA Tina Križan / Katarina SrebotnikSLO 7-5, 6-3
Match #3 Akiko Morigami / Saori ObataJPN Melinda Czink / Anikó KaprosHUN 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Match #4 Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARG Anabel Medina / Arantxa Sánchez VicarioESP 6-7 (8-10), 7-5, 6-2
Match #5 Alicia Molik / Rennae StubbsAUS Maret Ani / Kaia KanepiEST 6-4, 6-1
Match #6 Catalina Castaño / Fabiola ZuluagaCOL Anne Kremer / Claudine SchaulLUX 7-6 (9-7), 2-6, 9-7
Match #7 Silvia Farina-Elia / Francesca SchiavoneITA Ľubomíra Kurhajcová / Martina SucháSVK 6-2, 6-4
Match #8 Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHN Chanda Rubin / Venus WilliamsUSA 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
Match #9 Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN Yelena Dementyeva / Anastasiya MyskinaRUS 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Match #10 Jelena Kostanić / Karolina ŠpremCRO Wynne Prakusya / Angie WidjajaINA 6-3, 6-2
Match #11 Amélie Mauresmo / Mary PierceFRA Eleni Daniilidou / Khristina ZakhariadouGRE 7-5, 6-1
Match #12 Martina Navratilova / Lisa RaymondUSA Yuliya Beihelzimer / Tetiana PerebyinisUKR 6-0, 6-2
Match #13 Myriam Casanova / Patty SchnyderSUI Daniela Hantuchová / Janette HusárováSVK 6-3, 6-4
Match #14 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Maja Matevžič / Tina PisnikSLO 6-2, 6-1
Match #15 Tathiana Garbin / Roberta VinciITA Nicole Pratt / Samantha StosurAUS 6-0, 6-1
Match #16 Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESP Petra Mandula / Kyra NagyHUN 6-4, 6-0

Round Two (18 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Nathalie Dechy / Sandrine TestudFRA Svetlana Kuznetsova / Yelena LikhovtsevaRUS 2-6, 7-6 (–-5), 6-3
Match #2 Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARG Akiko Morigami / Saori ObataJPN 6-4, 6-2
Match #3 Alicia Molik / Rennae StubbsAUS Catalina Castaño / Fabiola ZuluagaCOL 6-4, 6-2
Match #4 Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHN Silvia Farina-Elia / Francesca SchiavoneITA 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)
Match #5 Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN Jelena Kostanić / Karolina ŠpremCRO 6-3, 7-5
Match #6 Martina Navratilova / Lisa RaymondUSA Amélie Mauresmo / Mary PierceFRA walkover
Match #7 Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN Myriam Casanova / Patty SchnyderSUI 6-3, 6-3
Match #8 Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESP Tathiana Garbin / Roberta VinciITA 6-3, 6-3

Quarter-Finals (19 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARG Nathalie Dechy / Sandrine TestudFRA 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Match #2 Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHN Alicia Molik / Rennae StubbsAUS 6-3, 6-2
Match #3 Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN Martina Navratilova / Lisa RaymondUSA 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Match #4 Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESP Yan Zi / Zheng JieCHN 6-1, 6-1

Semi-Finals (20 August 2004)

Winner of each match advanced to the final round.

Match #1 Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHN Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARG 6-2, 2-6, 9-7
Match #2 Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESP Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN 6-3, 6-0

Final Round (21 – 22 August 2004)

Match 1/2 Li Ting / Sun TiantianCHN Conchita Martínez / Vivi RuanoESP 6-3, 6-3
Match 3/4 Paola Suárez / Patricia TarabiniARG Shinobu Asagoe / Ai SugiyamaJPN 6-3, 6-3