Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Serena Williams is golden.
The American superstar added Olympic singles gold to her 14 Grand Slam titles
on Saturday with a straight-set pounding of Russia's Maria Sharapova in the
women's tennis final at the London Games.
Williams completed a dominant week at Wimbledon with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over
Sharapova in what was expected to be a blockbuster women's final at the
Olympic tennis tournament.
Instead, it was completely one-sided at the venerable All England Club, where
both women had already tasted success. Williams won her fifth Wimbledon
singles crown last month, while Sharapova won the first of her four Grand Slam
titles on the famed lawns of the London suburb in 2004.
Sharapova, as a 17-year-old eight years ago, beat Williams in that Wimbledon
final. The 6-1, 6-4 triumph denied Williams a Wimbledon three-peat. There was
no denying the American great on this particular Saturday.
Williams won the first nine games of the match, completing the first set in a
mere 30 minutes by winning 28 of the 40 points played. Sharapova finally got
on the board in the fourth game of the second set. She then had a pair of
break-point chances in the next game, but failed to convert either and
Williams re-established control.
After holding serve for 4-1, she broke quickly again in the next game and
finished it off in just over an hour with her 10th ace on her first match
Williams, who won Olympic doubles gold with sister Venus in 2000 and 2008,
dropped a mere 17 games during her six matches this week. Saturday marked the
third time she won a set without losing a game and no one managed to take more
than three games in any set from her.
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