(WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND) — Serena Williams won Olympic gold and made some history in the process.
Williams Saturday became the second woman to pull off a career Golden Slam by defeating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the Women’s Singles Olympic Final.
The most one-sided women’s final in Olympic history secured William’s first individual gold medal.
Steffi Graff completed the first career Golden Slam in 1988 when she took home the gold to add to her Grand Slam titles.
“Growing up watching her, I always liked her,” Williams said. “Having a chance to be mentioned in the same name — I always thought, OK, one person I’ll never be mentioned in the same name is Steffi Graf. She’s done everything.”
Williams overwhelmed her Russian opponent by powering 10 aces and committing only seven unforced errors. It took 45 minutes for Sharapova to win her first game of the match.
This marks the second time this year Williams has come out on top on Centre Court as she won her fifth Wimbledon title last month.
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