August 4, 2012
Serena Williams grabs gold in women's tennis
By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency
LONDON - The rematch of the 2004 Wimbledon championship was not the classic that tennis fans were hoping for as American Serena Williams handily defeated Russian Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win Olympic gold.
Sharapova upset Williams in 2004, but the American has won eight matches since and holds a 9-2 all-time advantage. Williams also won the 2012 Wimbledon title on July 7 and is seeking her second doubles Olympic gold medal with sister, Venus.
Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion and joins Germany’s Steffi Graf, American Andre Agassi and Spain’s Rafael Nadal as members of an elite club of “golden slammers” who have won grand slams on the pro circuit and an Olympic gold in single.
“I just never expected gold in singles,” Williams said. “I was so happy with my doubles (golds, Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008),” Serena Williams said. “I thought if my career’s over I have my gold medal and now I have everything, literally. I have singles, doubles, actually everything there is to win in tennis. Where do I go from here?”
Sharapova’s silver means Russia has won five of the 12 women’s singles medals since Sydney 2000.
“She has such great form, she was just too stubborn, too strong for me today,” Sharapova said. “Obviously Serena played some incredible tennis, with the form she was in during Wimbledon and afterwards. With every match she has played she has played great, she has improved and become better, and that showed today.”
The tennis tournament climaxes Sunday with a rematch of the 2012 Wimbledon men’s final. Great Britain’s Andy Murray, the runner-up last month, will seek revenge against Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the gold medal match.