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6 Women's Olympic Doubles Matches to Watch

6 Women's Olympic Doubles Matches to Watch
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1. (1) Serena Williams/Venus Williams (USA) vs. Lucie Safarova/Barbora Strycova (CZE):

The run for the Williams sisters to defend their doubles gold for the third Olympics in a row. They are on a dominating tear in 2016, and I don't see them slowing down for Rio. Although Safarova/Strycova can give the Williams sisters trouble here and there, I'm predicting an easy straight set victory for Team USA. 

2. (4) Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP) vs. Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (BRA): 

Look for the Spanish women to come out with a vengeance. With Mugu's power and CSN's finesse, this is my doubles dark horse to get far in the draw. I see them having an easy first round against the Brazilian team and winning in straight sets. 

3. Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs. Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra-Santonja (ESP):

I'm super excited to see the passionate team of BMS and CoCo take the court. Both of these ladies are highly motivated to be apart of the Team USA, and bring a lot of doubles experience to their match. I don't see them faltering in this first round, and pick them to win in straight sets. 

4. Johanna Konta/Heather Watson (GBR) vs. Jelena Jankovic/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB):

This matchup will be tricky for both teams. While the young Brits have been having stellar seasons and definitely have the talent to win a few rounds, taking down former number one in the first round won't be easy. This match will be about who wants the win more, and I think the Brits may have just enough fire to get the job done. I'm taking Konta/Watson in three sets.

5. (3) Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) vs. Irina Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU):

These Taiwanese sisters are a strong doubles team that have been flying under most people's radars. Don't be one of those people! I can see them going far in this tournament, and although their first round isn't an easy match, I see them getting through it in straight sets. 

6. (2) Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) vs. Misaki Doi/Eri Hozumi (JPN):

Team France has strong doubles teams in 2016, and this second seeded team is no different. Mladenovic has publicly said she is extremely focused on getting a gold medal, and her best chance is in doubles. They will dominate this match and take it in straight sets.
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