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Serena Williams says it's 'sad' athletes will skip Rio


Nick McCarvel, Special for USA TODAY Sports
11:09 p.m. EDT June 28, 2016

WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams says she thinks it’s “sad” that other athletes are opting out of this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio because of worries over the Zika virus.

“It’s probably one thing I have that I love the most,” Williams said of her Olympic medals. “For me, I look at the Olympics as a bonus opportunity.”

Williams was told of world No. 1 golfer Jason Day’s announcement Tuesday that he would not compete this summer at the Games. Golf is set to make its return to the Olympic program for the first time in more than 100 years. Williams is defending Olympic champion in both singles and doubles.

She won doubles gold alongside sister Venus in 2000 and 2008, as well.

“I think for me, the most important thing is knowledge and protection, to know what I’m going into,” said the world’s No. 1 female tennis player. “It is really one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had. It’s difficult for someone that is in…

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