Serena Williams of the United States serves against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Serena Williams of the United States serves against Maria Sharapova of Russia during the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Serena completes 'Golden Slam'

SERENA Williams has become only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam after winning her first singles gold medal, beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1.

The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.

"I was so focused here," she said. "I remember I was serving and I was thinking: 'Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You're at Wimbledon, you're on grass, you play great on grass, pull it together, just win this.' And that's what I thought about."

The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won at the Olympics in 1988 after sweeping all four major titles. Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.

And she's not done in London. Williams and her sister Venus, pursuing their third gold in doubles, were scheduled to play in the semifinals later Sunday.

Read more at NZ Herald.

 


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