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.
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.
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.
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.