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2012 London Olympics: Serena Williams Destroys Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 To Capture Gold Medal

It's safe to say that Serena Williams has had a pretty good summer on Wimbledon's Centre Court. A month after capturing the women's 2012 Wimbledon title, Williams manhandled Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to capture her first Olympic tennis singles gold medal.

Serena, the fourth seed at the Olympics, won the first nine games off Sharapova, and has now won eight consecutive matches against her. Williams joins Steffi Graf as the only women to capture a career Grand Slam and an Olympic gold medal, an accomplishment dubbed the Golden Slam.

Serena will play again on Saturday, this time with sister Venus in a doubles women's semifinal match. The Williams sisters took Olympic doubles gold at the 2000 and 2008 games.

For a complete schedule of events and dates medals will be awarded, visit NBC Sports' official Olympic website. For complete coverage from the 2012 London Olympics, keep checking this StoryStream and visit SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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