CARACAS， Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan men's basketball team will debut on Saturday night against Serbia at the Rio Olympics after a 24-year absence since making their first ever appearance at Barcelona 1992.
In Group A， Venezuela will face Australia， China， France， the United States and Serbia while Argentina， Brazil， Croatia， Spain， Lithuania and Nigeria form Group B.
After the preliminaries， four best teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals， which will begin on Aug. 17.
The semifinals will be played on Aug. 19. The champion and bronze medal matches will take place on Aug. 21， the closing day of Rio 2016.
Venezuela's first Olympic appearance was at the 1992 Games in Barcelona when they qualified after coming in second during the qualification tournament held in Portland， United States.
Nestor Che Garcia's team is made up of Anthony Perez， David Cubillan， Gregory Echenique， Gregory Vargas， Dwight Lewis， Heisslert Guillent， John Cox， Jose Vargas， Miguel Marriaga， Miguel Ruiz， Nestor Colmenares and Windi Graterol.
Venezuela have sent 87 athletes at Rio 2016 participating in 19 sports， 22 less than the number for Beijing 2008 but 17 more than that for London 2012.
Venezuela has won a total of 12 medals in their Olympic history， including two gold， two silver and eight bronze medals with boxing being the South American country's most successful sport， taking home five medals out of it.
" Serena Williams celebrates a point against Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium during their first round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne yesterday. — AFP
SERENA Williams claims to suffer from nerves and jitters before her first-round matches at the Grand Slams.
She certainly didn’t show it Cheap Jimmy Howard Shirt , winning her first set in 21 minutes last night on the way to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck at the Australian Open.
The 18-time major winner has only once lost in the opening round at a Grand Slam tournament, and this is her 58th. One more Grand Slam title and she’ll pass Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the all-time list of champions.
“If I could get to 19 in Australia that would be amazing,” said the top-ranked Williams, who won the last of her five Australian titles in 2010.
Four-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic returned to Rod Laver Arena for the first time as a husband and father, shrugging off the effects of a cold to beat No. 116-ranked Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in his first-round match.
Djokovic won the first of his seven major titles at the 2008 Australian Open, then won here in three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013. His 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park ended in a quarterfinal loss last year to Stan Wawrinka, who went on to win the title.
Wawrinka began the defense of a major crown for the first time with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 100-ranked Marsel Ilhan, on less than 90 minutes.
“It’s great, bringing me a lot of memories from last year,” Wawrinka said of his return.
Top-ranked Djokovic had the subsequent match on center court and appeared to be tired and still recovering from illness after his match, saying he’d had a “rough two weeks health-wise but I’m getting up there.”
US Open finalist Kei Nishikori beating Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-2 and No. 8 Milos Raonic fired 30 aces in a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win against Illya Marchenko.
Among the night matches, Lleyton Hewitt started his 19th consecutive Australian Open by beating China’s Zhang Ze 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska needed only 63 minutes each for their straight-sets wins over Richel Hogenkamp and Kurumi Nara, and No. 18 Venus Williams beat Maria Teresa Torro 6-2, 6-2.
No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova, a finalist here last year, opened with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 comeback win against Kirsten Flipkens.
RIO DE JANEIRO， Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Following is the result of boxing women's middle (69-75kg) final bout at the Rio Olympic Games here on Sunday:
Claressa Maria Shields， United States， bt Nouchka Fontijn， Netherlands， 3-0， 3-3
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