WTA Odds N' Ends... Serena Puts On Show
Published August 06, 2012 08:51
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Spectacular Week For Serena
Serena Williams' return to the All-England Club just a few weeks after securing her fifth Wimbledon title there could not have gone better. She became the second player to complete the career Golden Grand Slam after Steffi Graf and lost just 17 games in the process - the fewest ever by an Olympic champ.
1r vs. Jankovic: 4 games
2r vs. U.Radwanska: 5 games
3r vs. Zvonareva: 1 game
QF vs. Wozniacki: 3 games
SF vs. Azarenka: 3 games
F vs. Sharapova: 1 game (most lopsided Olympic final ever)
The Olympics was Williams' 44th title, giving her one more than sister Venus for most amongst active players and putting her in 10th place in the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 167
2. Chris Evert: 154
3. Steffi Graf: 107
4. Margaret Court: 92
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: 68
6. Billie Jean King: 67
7t. Virginia Wade: 55
7t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
9. Monica Seles: 53
10. Serena Williams: 44
As if that were not enough, Serena and Venus did not drop a set en route to their third Olympic doubles title after Sydney in 2008 and Beijing in 2008 - making them 15-0 all-time in the event. With their singles medals, they are the only two tennis players, male or female, to own four Olympic golds.
In her Olympics debut, Maria Sharapova was a silver medalist in singles. Meanwhile, Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova were bronze medalists in doubles. Russia now has six Olympic women's tennis medals:
Elena Dementieva: silver in 2000 singles, gold in 2008 singles
Dinara Safina: silver in 2008 singles
Vera Zvonareva: bronze in 2008 singles
Maria Sharapova: silver in 2012 singles
Maria Kirilenko & Nadia Petrova: bronze in 2012 doubles
Good Games For Vika
Though she fell short of a singles gold medal, Victoria Azarenka collected some hardware. She netted a bronze medal in singles for Belarus' first-ever tennis medal. And she teamed with Max Mirnyi to take the gold at the first staging of Olympic mixed doubles.
Washington DC Wrap
The Citi Open singles and doubles champions earned their titles without dropping a set. Magdalena Raybarikova beat the Top 3 seeds, including No.1 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final, en route to her third career title after Birmingham in 2009 and Memphis in 2011. Shuko Aoyama and Chang Kai-Chen were victorious in their first outing together. It was Aoyama's first WTA doubles title and Chang's third.
- Citi Open champion Magdalena Rybarikova had the Top 100's greatest ascension in jumping from No.102 to No.67.
- Olympic silver medalist Maria Sharapova went up a spot to No.2 and within 100 points of World No.1 Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova and No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska both have a chance to supplant Azarenka after this week's Rogers Cup in Montréal.