Williams sisters win gold in doubles|
Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Newly-crowned singles gold medalist
Serena Williams and her sister Venus posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the
fourth-seeded Czech tandem of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka on Centre
Court to capture the gold medal in the women's doubles final.
Sunday's clash was a rematch of last month's Wimbledon doubles final, which
the Americans also won in straight sets.
The Williams sisters totaled six aces and 35 winners on their way to a third
Olympic gold medal in doubles. They also captured the title at the Sydney
Games in 2000 and again four years ago in Beijing.
Serena, who lost only one game to Russia's Maria Sharapova in the singles gold
medal match on Saturday, and Venus became the first two tennis players, male
or female, in history to win four Olympic gold medals. Venus also won singles
gold in Sydney.
With the victory, Serena became the first woman in history to win the career
golden slam in both singles and doubles.
"Well, for us it's so exciting in this Olympics winning the gold together. For
me it was amazing to watch Serena from the stands and see her complete the
golden slam," Venus said. "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
favorites, 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."
Hlavackova and Hradecka went 0-for-4 on their break-point chances.
The third-seeded Russian tandem of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova won the
bronze by rallying for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over the top-seeded American duo of
Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.
08/05 18:02:50 ET