The only thing that seems to stop Venus Williams is rain.
A shower delayed the start of play for 3½ hours, but Williams then clinched her second Olympic medal today, teaming with sister Serena for a semifinal victory in doubles.
The Williamses won 11 of the final 13 games to beat Els Callens and Dominique Van Roost of Belgium 6-4, 6-1.
The sisters said the delay didn’t faze them.
“We would have liked to have gotten out of here earlier, but it wasn’t meant to be,” Venus said.
Their opponents in the final Thursday (Wednesday night ET) will be Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands.
“Winning a gold medal would be a fantastic thing for sure,” Serena said.
Seles Beats Dokic
Venus Williams, seeded second, will play for the gold in singles Wednesday against No. 10 Elena Dementieva of Russia
Monica Seles outslugged Australian Jelena Dokic 6-1, 6-4 for the bronze medal in women’s tennis at the Olympics. Seles started quickly and hit more consistently in the baseline battle.
The medal is the first for Seles, who also played at the Atlanta Games. (See sidebar.)
No. 5 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia and unseeded Tommy Haas of Germany will meet in the men’s final Thursday (Wednesday night ET). Kafelnikov beat Arnaud Di Pasquale of France 6-4, 6-4, while Haas defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2.
Come From Behind to Win
The tournament is just the third the Williams sisters have played together this year, but they’ve won 32 of their past 33 matches together, and three of the past four Grand Slam tournaments they’ve played.
The sisters fell behind the Belgian team 1-3, and there was concern on the U.S. side when Venus received a shoulder rub from Serena during a changeover at 2-1 in the second set. But Venus appeared fine as she served out the victory, finishing with a perfect backhand lob for a winner on match point.
Haas, 22, is a former top-10 player with just one career title. He is ranked 48th and was runnerup at Munich in his best finish this year.
Haas’ half of the draw had just one seeded player left after the first round. He upset No. 8 Alex Correjta in the third round.