U.S. Tennis sensation Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova in the Olympic final on Saturday afternoon, winning her first singles gold medal and becoming only the second woman to achieve a Golden Slam – victories in all four major tennis tournaments and the Olympic singles gold. The UMass Amherst UWW student has dominated a number of tournaments, but none quite like this, according to the NY Times. “I honestly don’t think I have ever played better from start to finish,” said Williams. Jay Berger, coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic tennis team was in agreement. “She just showed she’s the best player in the world right now,” he said of her performance in London. Williams credited the 6-0, 6-1 blowout to her fierce concentration. “I was really focused today. I really wanted to go out and do well when you’re playing a great tennis player like Maria,” she said in a USA Today article.
Since losing against Sharapova in the 2004 Wimbledon final, Williams hasn’t surrendered another win to the Russian tennis star, as noted in the Washington Post. “Look, she’s playing incredibly confident tennis,” said Sharapova. “After winning Wimbledon, you’ve seen her level progress so much over here this tournament. With every match she’s played, she’s playing better, hitting harder, so much power on the ball.”
Williams carried that incredible confidence over to the women's doubles on Sunday. Serena and her sister Venus defeated the Czech Republic at Wimbledon, claiming their third women’s doubles Olympic gold medal.
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