CBS SPORTS – There was a point, early on in the women’s singles gold medal match, that announcer Mary Carillo remarked that it was nearly impossible for Serena Williams not to win Saturday.
The comment could have been made during Williams’ first match however, as the American was locked in on winning the tournament and destroyed Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the final to capture gold for the first time in singles at the Olympics.
“I didn’t expect this,” a clearly emotional Williams said on NBC. “I have a gold medal in singles! I never thought (I’d do) this.
“You play for yourself and it’s awesome, winning Wimbledon is I think the best feeling in the world. Now to win the gold medal, I didn’t think it could get better than winning Wimbledon but you see how happy I am. I just don’t know what to do.”
The Olympics are an athletic competition that rewards peak performance and it was clear from the get-go that Williams was locked in and focused. Against world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and Sharapova, Williams dropped just four games total in the final two matches. She lost just 17 games during the entire tournament. Dominance may be too tame of an adjective to describe the American’s run in London the past month.