Makarova and Vesnina win women's doubles gold

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Swiss duo Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-4. Meanwhile, in the All-American final of the mixed doubles Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands got the better of the much fancied duo of Rajeev Ram and Venus Williams 6-7, 6-1, 10-7.

Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina's victory gave Russia its seventh gold medal of the Rio Games and first in tennis.   -  Reuters

Gold medalists Bethanie Mattek-Sands, of the United States, and partner Jack Sock, pose with their mixed doubles gold medals.   -  AP

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Swiss duo Martina Hingis and Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-4 to win Olympic gold in the women's doubles on Sunday.

The victory in a sparsely attended final gave Russia its seventh gold medal of the Rio Games and first in tennis.

Former world number one and five-time grand slam singles title winner Hingis came out of retirement to become one of the world's top doubles players, winning several titles including this year's Australian Open with partner Sania Mirza.

However, the Russian pair, who have played together consistently since 2012 and won two grand slam tournaments, outmatched Hingis and Bacsinszky with deft serve-and-volley play in two quick sets.

Mixed doubles

Meanwhile, in the All-American final of the mixed doubles Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands got the better of the much fancied duo of Rajeev Ram and Venus Williams 6-7, 6-1, 10-7.