Serena Beats Sharapova for Gold

    Serena Williams  of the US  hits a return to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their final tennis match as part of the  2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on August 3, 2012.    AFP PHOTO / LUIS ACOSTA        (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    It all happened so fast. Tennis star Serena Williams took Olympic singles gold on Saturday in a match that hardly gave the capacity crowd time to get comfortable in their seats. In a little over one hour, Williams seemed nothing less than a force of nature as she won 6-0, 6-1. Both players had Golden Slams on the line—a rare opportunity to cap their four grand-slam titles with an Olympic gold medal. “Whether I win or lose, that’s not the big deal,” Williams said Friday of her impending match against the Russian pro. “The big deal for me, USA is guaranteed another medal.”

    In lightning match.
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