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Serena Williams demolished Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 en route to winning the Olympic gold medal and securing a career golden slam.
Williams stamped her authority on the competition from the outset and lost just 17 games through the course of the competition. The impressive gold medal match victory leaves her on a 17 match-winning streak since her shocking first round exit at the French Open.
The 63 minute final saw the American drop just one game against Sharapova, and was the most comprehensive Olympic women’s single win.
She joins Germany’s Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi of the United States and Spain’s Rafael Nadal as the only players to have won all four Grand Slams and Olympic gold in singles.
“Oh my gosh, I got the gold. I’ve never played better. Playing against someone like Maria you have to be at your best. I knew that, so it was like I had nothing to lose,” said Williams.
“I never expected gold in singles. I was so happy with my doubles golds [in Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008].
“I thought, ‘If my career’s over I have my gold medal and now I have everything.’
“I have singles, doubles, actually everything there is to win in tennis. Where do I go from here?”
Silver medal winner, Sharapova said: “Serena played some incredible tennis, with the form she was in during Wimbledon and afterwards.
“With every match she has played she has played great, she has improved and become better, and that showed today.”
Williams teamed up with sister Venus to win the doubles gold medal in a similar fashion, with the pair not dropping a set in the concurrent competition.
She hopes to continue her form into the final part of the season as she attempts to win her 15th grand slam singles title at the US Open in a few weeks time.
In the bronze medal match, Victoria Azerenka beat Maria Kirilenko to secure her first Olympic medal.
Azerenka went on to win the mixed gold with partner Max Mirnyi leaving her and Williams with two medals each.