American Serena Williams won her first Olympic singles gold medal after an astonishing performance against Russia’s Maria Sharapova in Saturday’s final of the 2012 London Olympic games.
Williams, playing possibly her best tennis of this year, didn’t allow Sharapova hardly anything on her way to a breathtaking 6-0 6-1 victory.
The American has become only the second woman in history to achieve a career Golded Slam (only Steffi Graf has managed to win all Grand Slam tournaments and an Olympic gold medal before her).
Sharapova never got into the rhythm, mainly because Williams’ utter dominance on court was unbelievable, hitting 10 aces and 24 winners alltoghether and dropping the first game only after 45 minutes of play. After the Russian failed to convert the break opportunity she had when trailing 6-0 3-1, it was all over for her.
This was the most one-sided women’s final in the history of Olympic games. With this win, Williams improved her head to head record against Sharapova to 9-2, having beaten her for the eighth consecutive time.
“Oh my gosh, I got the gold. Wow. I’ve never played better. Playing against someone like Maria you have to be at your best. I knew that, so it was like I had nothing to lose. I never expected gold in singles. If my career’s over I have my gold medal and now I have everything.” said Williams after the match.
Victoria Azarenka earned herself the bronze medal after defeating Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4.
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