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Serena Williams wins gold!

San Francisco : CA : USA | Aug 04, 2012 at 1:32 PM PDT
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Serena Williams now has an Olympic gold medal to her name. She has become only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam. She beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to win the coveted title. She has proved her mettle yet again.

Before this, Steffi Graf achieved the first Golden Slam when she won at the Olympics in 1988 after winning all four major titles.

Commenting upon her victory as the Centre Court blew the U.S. flag off its pole, Williams said, "It was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy."

"I was so focused here. 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," according to Miami Herald.

"Growing up watching her, I always liked her," Williams added. "Having a chance to be mentioned in the same name — I always thought, OK, one person I'll never be mentioned in the same name is Steffi Graf. She's done everything."

Williams was all praises for the tournament. She looked extremely excited after her victory. In fact she couldn’t contain the excitement and started jumping around with joy. Sharapova, on the other hand, clearly looked dejected on her defeat.

Williams now has a gold medal, in addition to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most held by any active woman. Also, Williams is the first player to be honored with a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles.

This is not the end of it for Williams in London. She and her sister, Venus, will be going for their third gold in doubles in the semifinals later Saturday.

Sharapova accomplished her career Grand Slam in June by being victorious in the French Open, but Williams beat her for the eighth time in a row.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won the bronze by defeating No. 14-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4. On Sunday, an equally riveting match will be played by Roger Federer, who is also aiming for a career Golden Slam. He will be playing against Andy Murray of Britain.

harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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