WTA Diary: Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Published August 07, 2012 10:39
Completing The Set
The Golden Slam is a pretty special achievement. So special in fact that heading into the London Olympics only one female and two male players had achieved the feat. Now there is a fourth member of this exclusive club: Serena Williams.
And Serena, being Serena, completed her set in some style, dropping a paltry 17 games on her way to the top of the podium. Oh, and just for good measure, Serena also picked up a third doubles gold alongside her sister, Venus.
"Oh my gosh, this one is high up there, being Olympic gold champion, being golden slam champion singles and doubles, that's pretty awesome," Serena said. "I was thinking during the final, 'Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You played Wimbledon on grass. You played great on grass. Pull it together. You've got to do this.'"
Meanwhile In The Twittersphere…
Serena's fellow pros (past and present) had plenty to say about her historic achievements at SW19:
@CaroWozniacki (Caroline Wozniacki)
Have to say it's impressive the way @serenawilliams was playing the whole olympics! Congrats girl!
@Martina (Martina Navratilova)
Congrats to @serenawilliams - what an overpowering display that was. When Serena moves like that, nobody stands a chance.
@caseydellacqua (Casey Dellacqua)
Wow, how good did Serena play today. Well deserving gold medalist.
@ChrissieEvert (Chris Evert)
Congrats to @serenawilliams and @Venuseswilliams on their Gold Medals - the two most dominant champions in the last decade...well done!
After such a dominant week, Serena could be forgiven for resting on her laurels just a little. However, worryingly for her peers, the 30-year-old has no such plans.
"Lately I've just been focused only on tennis, nothing else, no distractions, no life," she said. "My life is practice in the morning, training in the afternoon. Wake up to practice in the morning, training. I've definitely been spending a lot more time on the tennis court. I have a nothing-to-lose attitude."
Serena was not the only one making history in London; Victoria Azarenka became the first player from Belarus to win a tennis medal at the Games when she defeated Maria Kirilenko for bronze. And she enjoyed it on the podium so much that 24 hours later she came back after winning gold in the mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi.
And just in case you missed out on any of the podium antics or other Olympic action, wtatennis.com captured all the best bits right here.
Across The Pond
While Serena, Maria and Vika were battling it out for medals in London, on the other side of the Atlantic, Magdalena Rybarikova was busy overcoming the Top 3 seeds, and some ridiculously hot weather, on her way to the Washington title.
Next stop-off on the WTA's pre-US Open North American tour is Montréal.