Gold for the Williams sisters

By Kelly J. Newson

The Williams sisters have done it again and captured gold for the Americans winning the women’s doubles title adding to the Americans three gold medals in tennis in two days. Just a day earlier Serena won gold in the women’s singles title, as did Bob and Mike Bryan who won gold in the men’s doubles title. This victory makes Serena Williams the first double gold medalist at the Olympics since her sister Venus at the 2000 Sydney games. Serena Williams also
joins Steffi Graf as the only two women to win the Olympics and four majors, a golden slam.

“Crazy, I’m always copying her. I forgot that she did it in Sydney and I do it here. We’re the same doubles team, we just split this to singles, so it’s cool,” Serena said after taking gold and beating Andrea Havackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic.

Venus and Serena Williams won the doubles final 6-4, 6-4 today and it wasn’t as easy to win as Serena’s match a day before against Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams dominated her singles match 6-0, 6-1 though today she and Venus had to play a bit tougher but never dropped a set. The Czech’s saved a few match points before Venus stepped up and closed out the match with a backhand volley to win the match.

When the match concluded and players began to exit the court, chants of “USA! USA!” were heard from the crowd. Venus and Serena Williams gave a fist pump, waved to the crowd before high fiving each other and continuing off court. The presentation of their medals was delayed due to rain delay of the bronze medal match.

“It’s great because America’s added three gold medals to our medal count just in tennis. I feel great to be a part of this U.S. team this year,” Venus said.

“We’re looking forward to Rio and trying to get some sort of medal there,” Serena said.

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