The Latest: Williams sisters will play doubles after all

The Latest: Williams sisters will play doubles after all

Venus and Serena Williams at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Venus Williams will play doubles with her sister at the Olympics, after all.

U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Tom LaDue tells The Associated Press that Williams will be available for her doubles match Sunday despite being sick.

LaDue says Williams is feeling better, a day after U.S. women’s tennis coach Mary Joe Fernandez said the four-time gold medalist and seven-time Grand Slam champion had cramping, dehydration and an upset stomach following a first-round loss in singles.

After that match Saturday night, Williams did not speak to reporters. Fernandez did, and she said Williams was still hoping to play doubles but had been ill since before arriving in Brazil.

Williams and her younger sister Serena have won three golds in doubles — at the 2000, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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