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Rio Olympics 2016, Tennis: Five women’s doubles teams who can win medals

  • An in-depth analysis of the women's doubles tennis event at the Rio Olympics.
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Modified 23 Jul 2016, 17:44 IST

The countdown has begun to the biggest sports show on the earth as the Rio Olympics 2016 is now less than two weeks away. The tennis event is scheduled from August 6-14 that will see some of the world’s biggest stars vying for medals in the five categories.

Who are the best bets for the medals? Here we look at five teams in the women’s doubles event, three of whom, barring upsets, can find themselves on the podium.

#1 Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic (France)

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic

Garcia rank: 3, Mladenovic rank: 4

The French girls Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic have been a revelation this year who simply blazed through the clay season. After two final losses on hardcourts, they came alive on clay where they captured titles at Charleston, Stuttgart and Madrid to top it all with the French Open title. It made them the first home team to triumph in this category at Roland Garros since 1970.

Aged 23 and 22 respectively, Garcia and Mladenovic are a young pair oozing with zeal and exuberance. Armed with attacking games and a good control at the net, they make a potent team who can wreak havoc on their opponents. What is remarkable about this young team is how well they mastered the numero uno duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis in the last few months, beating them twice.

That further vindicates their fearlessness on the court and they can certainly make the best use of this attitude to propel themselves on the podium at Rio.

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Published 23 Jul 2016, 17:04 IST
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