More 2012 London Olympic games history was made as Venus and Serena Williams became the first players to win four Olympic Games Tennis titles after being crowned women’s Doubles champions at London 2012.
Venus and Serena Williams continued their historic 2012 London Olympic Games run when they defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4 for the Women’s Doubles tennis gold medal.
Less than 24 hours after Serena joined older sister Venus as a three-time gold medallist with a victory in the women’s Singles – completing the career golden slam in the process – the USA pair saw off Czech Republic duo Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4 6-4.
Today’s match was a repeat of last month’s Wimbledon final, which the Williams sisters also won in straight sets on Centre Court. The USA duo broke serve in the very first game under a closed roof this time and although they were forced to save more than one break-back point, they held on to take the opening set.
Hlavackova and Hradecka had chances to break early in the second set before dropping serve themselves in game five and the Williams sisters never looked back.
Venus said: ‘For us it’s so exciting winning the gold together. For me it was amazing to watch Serena from the stands and see her complete the golden slam. So it’s been amazing for us.We’ve been winning this title since 2000, but it’s easier said than done. We come in as the favourites. But it’s not a given. We fought hard. Our opponents played well. They’re very talented. We’re glad to keep the medal for us. It was great.’
The doubles gold for the Williams sisters was their third, beginning with Sydney in 2000, when Venus won her singles gold medal. They won again in Beijing in 2008.
“In our house,” Venus Williams said, “when there’s a party, whenever we’re at home, times get down, we go down and look at our golds and we’re right back up.”
Serena Williams had a more humorous comment, “I love bling-bling but this is like the ultimate,” she said, fingering her gold medal.
Roger Federer came close to catching up with Serena Williams’ medal achievements, but Andy Murray stopped that. Federer has gotten the Olympic doubles gold in men’s tennis but the gold in mens single’s tennis has eluded him. Not so for Serena Williams as she made history on Saturday and continued on with her sister the following day.