Rio 2016: Safarova and Strycova sail to doubles bronze


Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova cruised to victory over Czech Republic compatriots Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles to claim bronze at Rio 2016. 

Safarova and Strycova produced a stunning first-round upset of the Williams sisters but saw their wonderful run come to an end at the hands of Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

But they bounced back from that disappointment in fine fashion to ease to victory against their Czech countrywomen, claiming a 7-5 6-1 success.

Hlavackova - who suffered an orbital fracture when struck by a Martina Hingis shot in the semi-final - and Hradecka moved into a 3-1 lead as they held in a service game that went to deuce 13 times after the first three games had ended in breaks.

They then had set points at 5-4 but saw them go begging as Safarova and Strycova levelled matters before taking the next two games and the opening set.

And there proved to be no reversing the momentum Safarova and Strycova gained as they twice broke to love to surge into a 5-1 lead and closing out a routine triumph.