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2ND LEAD Nadal, Williams carry on tennis upsets in Rio, first medal for Hingis By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, dpa

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The wave of tennis upsets continued at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, with Venus Williams missing her last chance at a gold medal in the mixed doubles and Rafael Nadal not managing to take bronze in the men‘s singles tournament.

Swiss tennis veteran Martina Hingis, meanwhile, secured her first Olympic medal after two decades in the sport, but had to settle for silver after a women‘s doubles loss to Russia.

Hingis and her partner Timea Bacsinszky lost 6-4, 6-4 against Russian gold winners Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, in an hour-and-a-half-long match under a hot sun in Rio de Janeiro.

But Hingis still described the Games as "an incredible journey."

"Being able to play for gold, it‘s unbelievable," the 35-year-old told journalists after the match. "Of course at some point you‘re disappointed, but ... I‘m very proud of what we achieved this week."

It was the second Olympics for Hingis, two decades after she first played in the Atlanta Games at the age of 15.

As a teenager, the Swiss prodigy won five majors before retiring in early 2003 with foot and ankle problems. She returned to the court in 2006, playing until late 2007 when she tested positive for traces of cocaine. Her second comeback came in 2013 to the doubles court.

The women‘s doubles bronze medal went to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

In the all-American mixed doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock won 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 10-7 against Williams and her partner Rajeev Ram, who took silver.

Williams had crashed out of the women‘s singles and women‘s doubles earlier at the Rio Games. Her sister Serena made it nowhere near the medals podium.

But the silver mixed doubles medal allowed the elder Williams sister to match the five-medal Olympic record in tennis, held by Britain‘s Kitty McKane.

Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic took bronze in the event.

World number five Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, was beaten by Japan‘s Kei Nishikori in the men‘s singles match for bronze. Nishikori, who is ranked seventh in the world, won the nearly three-hour-long match in Rio de Janeiro 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 6-3.

Spain‘s Nadal had won gold in the men‘s singles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and had aimed in Brazil to become the first male tennis player to win two gold medals in the event.

That honour may now go to British player Andy Murray, who was playing in the final Sunday against Rio surprise Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, in front of a raucous crowd of spectators.

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