Serena Williams Wins Gold in Women's Singles Tennis
In a mere 62 minutes, Serena Williams handily won her match against Russian and fellow pro tennis player Maria Sharapova in a game that could only be described as pure domination. Williams won the Olympic gold medal once in the Sydney 2000 games, but that was in the doubles with her sister. This Olympics, though, was hers, and she made it clear she was out to win it all on her own.
Last month, she won her fifth Wimbledon championship at Centre Court, and returned to it again to wage a mighty battle for the gold. She was seeded fourth, while Sharapova was seeded third, but Serena won the first nine games against her, serving three aces in the opening game and putting a damper on Maria's service in the second game. Williams won 6-1, 6-0 assuring her place as not only a Wimbledon champion, but also best Olympic singles tennis player in the world. She lost only 16 games in five matches on her way to the podium—an impressive feat.
It seems as though ever since Williams lost to Sharapova back in the 2004 Olympics, she has been on a mission to crush her. Perhaps that isn't the case, but it is how it's turned out, because she has defeated the Russian star eight straight times since then. Toward the end of the match, it was evident that Sharapova was beaten, both in spirit and physically. Her countenance held pure defeat. There was no fight left in her, and she seemed to know it was hopeless to even try. The last serve that Williams hit landed in the middle, while Sharapova was still glued to the grass.
It is almost like Serena Williams is saying, "Hey, remember that time you beat me? Yeah, me neither! Ha"
Williams' accomplishments don't end with the Olympics. She is also the first woman to win all four Grand Slams and a gold medal in both singles and doubles. So, all around, she is the most talented and successful tennis player alive today.
After the match was over and Williams won, she jumped for joy and danced a little jig as her sister, Venus, watched on with pride, taking photos on her phone.
Venus and Serena will now play for a gold medal in doubles later on Saturday.