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Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to claim the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games and become just the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam.
Sharapova bravely put the American into serve and Williams responded by hitting three aces and then broke the Russian to love with a forehand winner down the line.
Williams broke again for 4-0 with a huge forehand into the corner and sealed the opening set in the sixth game when she forced Sharapova into error at the net.
When Williams raced into a 3-0 second set lead it appeared Sharapova may not get on the scoreboard. However the Russian third seed held in the fourth game and created two break points on the Williams serve a game later which the American saved with two winners.
Having held for 4-1 Williams broke to 15 with a smash to lead 5-1 and clinched the title with her 9th and 10th aces before jumping around Centre Court with delight.
Williams joins Steffi Graf as the only women to have won titles at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and the Olympics. The Legendary German won all five titles in 1988.
Stat Attack – Williams
Stat Attack – Sharapova
The bronze medal in the Women’s singles went to World No.1 Victoria Azarenka who saw off Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 to claim her place on the prestigious podium.
British No.1 Andy Murray defeated World No.1 Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to take Olympic gold and win the biggest title of his career in superb style on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
Third seed Murray crucially saved two break points in the opening game to deny Federer the early initiative and did not drop serve during the match.
Murray forced Federer into error with a powerful backhand to break for 4-2 and broke again to clinch the opening set with a perfectly timed backhand passing shot up the line.
A forehand passing shot struck on the run gave Murray a 2-0 lead in the second set before he fended off six break points in a vital third game to open a 3-0 advantage.
Murray broke Federer for a fourth successive time when Federer double faulted in the fourth game. Three games later Murray had a two set leadwhen Federer went long with a backhand return.
A tighter third set saw Federer try and fight back in search of the elusive Gold medal missing from his collection but it was Murray who broke in the fifth game as a crosscourt backhand drew an error from the Swiss 30 year-old.
Serving for the match Murray struck his fourth and fifth aces to clinch a stunning victory and a glorious first gold medal in singles for Great Britain since 1908.
Stat Attack – Murray
Stat Attack – Federer
Juan Martin Del Potro won Argentina’s first Olympic tennis medal by seeing off World No.2 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in the bronze medal play-off. The Serb had won bronze in Beijing but could not hold off the power of the 2009 US Open Champion on Court 1.
Venus and Serena Williams overcame Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 to defend their Olympic doubles title.
The American sisters, who also won Gold in Sydney, are the first tennis players to win the same Olympic event three times and the first players to win four Olympic Gold medals.
Bronze went to the Russian team of Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko who came from a set down to defeat Americans Lisa Raymond and Liezel Huber 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan claimed their first Olympic title with a 6-4, 7-6(2) win over second seeds Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Meanwhile Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet ensured there would be two French teams on the podium as they saw off Spaniards David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez 7-6(4), 6-2 in the bronze medal match.
Top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi fought back to defeat Great Britain’s Laura Robson and Andy Murray 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 and win Belarus’s first gold medal in tennis.
Wimbledon champions Bob Bryan and Lisa Raymond of the USA took bronze with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 win over Germany’s Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas.
Unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova lifted her third WTA singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 upset of top seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Citi Open in Washington.
The 23 year-old Slovak did not drop a set all week in the US capital defeating the top three seeds in the process.
The Men’s title went to 2nd seed Alexandr Dolgopolov who fought back to win a rain delayed final against 4th seed Tommy Haas 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-1.
6 – Nadal
No.1 (8) Murray (Brisbane), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (Australian Open, Dubai, Monte Carlo), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose)No.2 (7) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona), Murray (Miami), Wawrinka (Oeiras)No.3 (3) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich)No.5 (5) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston)Unseeded (4) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest)Qualifier (1) Gulbis (Delray Beach)
109 - Gulbis (Delray Beach)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
17 – Djokovic
36 – Nadal
338 - Nicolas Almagro
64 – Australian Open 4th round Djokovic bt Wawrinka 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on two occasions
5 – Tsonga bt Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10)(Marseille 2nd round)1 – Tsonga bt Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Marseille F, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami Final, 1mp 5-6 third set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 1 month & 2 days
5 - S.Williams
No.1 (12) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney), Azarenka (Australian Open, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.2 (3) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice)No.3 (2) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras)No.5 (1) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)Unseeded (5) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
50 – Sharapova (Stuttgart)
24 – S.Williams
227 - S.Williams
43 – Australian Open 1st round - Cornet bt Erakovic 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 Australian Open 1st round - Muguruza bt Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 14-12
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on nine occasions
1 – Erakovic bt Beck 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Memphis 1st round, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)3 - Niculescu bt Medina Garrigues 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1(Florianopolis 1st round, 3 mps 3-6 second set tie-break)
Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar) 20 yrs, 11 months & 11 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.