London 2012: Serena Williams wins Olympic gold medal, beats Maria Sharapova, completes Golden Slam

By on Aug 5, 2012 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Updated: August 5, 2012 10:20 p.m.

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Serena Williams won a gold medal on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in the London Olympics women’s tennis finals, after beating Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-0, 6-1. She now has completed a career Golden Slam in singles, and only the second woman to do so, after Steffi Graf achieved it during the 1988 Olympics.

Serena Williams, celebrating after winning
her Olympic gold medal in London

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As noted at the official website of the London Olympics that day, Serena Williams, who lost only 17 games in the entire tournament, beat Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon‘s Centre Court and dominated both rounds of their match. Sharapova won the silver medal, while Victoria Azarenka of Belarus grabbed the bronze medal.

According to the report, the 30-year-old American tennis player finished the match with two aces that assured her victory, with her latest winning matching her performance in the third round, where she beat another Russian tennis player, Vera Zvonareva, 6-1, 6-0.

Apparently, Serena was seen jumping up and down with joy after she won, with the game reportedly taking only 62 minutes to be completed. The windy condition did not serve as a hindrance for her to beat Sharapova, who is a former world’s No. 1 and was seeded third at the Olympics 2012.

On the other hand, Sharapova, 25, who was competing in her first Olympic Games, received enthusiastic support from the crowd and praises from Serena after the match, giving her credit for playing hard, with Williams now adding the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships.

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