Serena Williams thoroughly thumped Maria Sharapova in the women’s singles gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning 6-0, 6-1 in a match that lasted barely over an hour. And the score didn’t even really reflect how dominant Williams was.
It wasn’t a huge surprise, though. Historically, Williams has generally had Sharapova’s number. They’ve met 11 times now and Sharapova has only won twice, both back in 2004. This is 31-year-old Serena’s first women’s singles gold medal. She previously won gold in women’s doubles with her sister Venus in 2000 and 2008. They will try to three-peat later in London.
With this win, Serena becomes the first woman in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon) and Olympic gold in both singles and doubles.
In her post-match interview, Serena says of the win, “I have a gold medal in singles! I never thought. Oh my gosh.”
When asked why she seems to play some of her best tennis against Sharapova, Serena praises her opponent.
“I don’t think it’s her. I just think today I played well. She fought so hard and I love that about her,” says Serena.
She also says it’s a different feeling to play and win for your country.
“It’s just different. You play for yourself, it’s awesome. Winning Wimbledon is the best feeling in the world. But now to win the gold, I didn’t think it could get better than winning Wimbledon,” gushes Serena.
Previous gold medal singles winners from the U.S. include Venus in 2000, Lindsay Davenport in 1996 and Jennifer Capriati in 1992.