Wow, what a great day for American tennis at the Olympics.
Today Serena Williams won her first singles gold medal and completed the career Golden Slam in singles. She’s only the second woman to ever pull this off, through Steffi Graf did one better by winning all of this hardware in a single year. Not to be outdone, Serena’s victory makes her the only player to complete the career golden slam in both singles and doubles. Speaking of slams, Serena socked her opponent, Maria Sharapova, good with a crushing 6-0, 6-1 scoreline in the gold medal match. At least at the Olympics, Maria gets silver for her pains. Victoria Azarenka, another victim of Serena’s awesomeness, beat out Maria Kirilenko for the bronze.
There was a funny moment during the medal ceremony when the American flag made a run for the exit.
Serena explained it later (via USA Today):
“All these gusts of wind you then see the flag flying and oohhh it was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy, it didn’t quite make it but almost,” she said, laughing. “It was fluttering towards me trying to wrap its fabric around me.
Serena mentioned earlier this week that she likes gravy, and she’ll get to overindulge tomorrow when she and sister Venus defend their doubles gold vs. the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. The sisters beat the Russian team of Kirilenko/Petrova later this afternoon in the semis.
If the Williams sisters win tomorrow, they will be the second pair of American siblings to win “Wimbledon Gold” in two days! Mike and Bob Bryan scored the first Gold medal of their career – completing their own Golden Slam in the process – with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) over Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra. General Mills, it’s time to start producing a double wide Wheaties Box!
BOB BRYAN: We’ve won a lot of Slams. Slams are awesome. I can tell you there’s no better feeling than this right now. Winning for each other, for our team, but for our country. It brought a different level of intensity to our tennis this week. We were scraping and clawing on every point. To hear the national anthem and stand on top of the podium, we could shut our careers down today and be happy for the rest of our lives.
Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet joined their countrymen on the medal platform, winning doubles bronze over David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez. No matter how you look at it, a good day for red, white and blue.
Andy Murray has guaranteed himself two medals on Sunday, as the singles gold medal contender and his partner Laura Robson made it to the mixed doubles final, where they will face Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi. Americans Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond will play Germans Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas for bronze.