Venus and Serena Williams won the gold medal in doubles on Sunday vs. the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4. This is the record-setting fourth gold medal for both sisters – the most ever for any tennis players. Serena became the second tennis player to win double gold in a single Games since her sister did it in Sydney in 2000.
And Andy Murray may soon become the third, still having the mixed doubles gold to contend with partner Laura Robson after taking the singles gold vs. Roger Federer in a dominant, shockingly drama-free scoreline: 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 . Andy played solid, confident tennis, freeing up in front of the adoring crowd and playing an impressive mix of defense, offense and confidence tennis. As for Roger, he had unconverted break chances up the wazoo – including two in the first game alone and six in the second set – yet appeared completely lost on what’s supposed to be his home turf. It says a lot about the occasion that someone as decorated as Roger Federer may have found himself overwhelmed by it. And is it any wonder that Andy Murray, who has endured years at the throbbing, tormented center of Great Britain’s hopes and fears at Wimbledon, was ready to handle the moment with aplomb? (“I didn’t feel nervous,” Andy Murray confessed to John McEnroe afterwards.) It was nice to see all of that unfulfilled yearning finally come to a satisfying halt.
As for Roger’s unfulfilled yearning. . .not to mention his fans. . .sigh. . .well, he finally has that medal in singles and silver ain’t bad. There’s always Rio 2016! (Come on Roger, we’ve got this!)
Speaking of consolation, Juan Martin del Potro survived the heartbreak of his marathon semifinal vs. Roger to take the bronze medal 7-5. 6-4 over Novak Djokovic. It was nice to see the tall Argentine’s body wracked with joy instead of disappointment at the end of the match, as he fell to the grass in tears.