The 2012 London Olympic Games has gotten interesting in the tennis battle for the men and women’s singles gold medal. Andy Murray shut down Novak Djokovic and will face Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will do battle with Serena Williamsfor their first ever gold medal.
The battle between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2012 London Olympic Games is sure to be another big one to watch as both champions have won all four Grand Slam titles during the course of their careers, but neither have won the Olympic gold in singles. So this will be more than just a match to win, this is to be the first of the two to reach the gold first. Winning always helps, of course, but knowing you got their first always helps. They will also become only the second woman after Steffi Graf to win all four grand slams and the Olympic title in their career. So it could be another history maker for the US players after Michael Phelps broke the big one after earning 21 medals, the most ever one now.
“Whether I win or lose, that’s not the big deal,” said Williams, who defeated world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 6-2 on Friday. “The big deal for me, USA is guaranteed another medal. I’m guaranteed to just go out there tomorrow and have fun. That’s all I can do. I’m just enjoying myself,” Williams continued. “It’s just a great vibe to have the USA fans and all the other countries’ fans that come out and root really, really hard. It’s an unbelievable experience.”
Sharapova has won each major title once and completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in June. “Baby steps, I guess,” Sharapova said. “It’s been amazing to achieve what I have achieved. Obviously growing up you have big dreams and hopes of winning your certain favorite tournaments. I’ve been fortunate to win all the Grand Slams, and obviously this is my first Olympics, so I’m just thrilled to be in the final.”
Roger Federer, who has won 17 majors, also has a chance at a career Golden Slam when he plays for the gold against Andy Murray on Sunday. He beat Juan Martin del Potro in the longest best-of-three set match of the Open era, at 4 hours, 26 minutes, while Murray ousted Novak Djokovic.
“Roger, me and Maria. The odds are good,” Serena Williams said about the opportunities to get a career Golden Slam. Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from the London Olympics because of a knee injury, won all four Grand Slam titles as well as Olympic gold in different years.