Each week, Baseline will take a look at a player who has thrived at one of the stops on the ATP and WTA tours during their career.
From Sydney to Rio, Venus and Serena Williams have made their mark on the Summer Olympics, fighting their way to the podium at nearly every edition of the Games since 2000.
Having proven themselves as Grand Slam champions in 1999 when Serena first won the US Open and Venus succeeding her as champion in New York, after her maiden Wimbledon triumph, the sisters ventured to Sydney, Australia, in the fall of 2000. Seeded second, Venus battled through the later stages of the draw to win her first gold medal, beating Elena Dementieva in the singles final. Serena wasn’t in the singles draw, but the sisters partnered together for doubles and dominated the field. Unseeded, they only dropped one set on their way to victory, knocking off Dutchwomen Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans in the final.