Olympics: Williams Defeats Sharapova To Complete Career Golden
Doubles – Semifinals
Williams/Williams (USA) d. (3) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS) 75 64
Mixed Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Azarenka/Mirnyi (BLR) d. (3) Raymond/M.Bryan (USA) 36 64 107 (Match TB)
Robson/Murray (GBR) d. Lisicki/Kas (GER) 61 67(7) 107 (Match TB)
Mixed Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Azarenka/Mirnyi (BLR) d. Mirza/Paes (IND) 75 76(5)
Robson/Murray (GBR) d. Stosur/Hewitt (AUS) 63 36 108 (Match TB)
- Williams wins her first Olympic gold medal in singles, becoming the second player to complete the Career Golden Grand Slam; the other was Steffi Graf, a gold medalist at Seoul in 1988.
- Williams wins the 44th title of her career, passing her sister, Venus, for most among active players and now a standalone No.10 all-time.
- Williams’ win-loss record in finals now stands at 44-15, and 6-2 in grass court finals.
- Williams dropped just 17 games en route to the gold medal, the fewest conceded by a champion since tennis was reintroduced as an Olympic sport in 1988.
- Sharapova wins her first Olympic medal on her Games debut.
- Sharapova becomes the fourth Russian to win an Olympic medal; the other three are Elena Dementieva (silver, 2000 and gold, 2008), Dinara Safina (silver, 2008) and Vera Zvonareva (bronze, 2008).
- Sharapova falls to 27-17 in singles finals, and 3-4 in grass court finals.
- Victoria Azarenka’s bronze medal was Belarus’ first ever Olympic tennis medal.
Williams: ”I got the gold. I’m just so happy. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never played better. Playing against Maria you have to be at your best. I knew that. She won the French Open, she never loses this year. She’s playing the finals of everything so I knew it was going to be tough.”
Sharapova: ”Serena was playing incredibly confident tennis today, particularly considering how windy it was. A silver medal means a lot to me. It’s always disappointing to lose in the final but it’s great to get a medal in my first Olympic Games.”