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Serena Williams beats Sharapova for Olympic gold

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Aug. 4, 2012, 5:35 p.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

United States' Serena Williams returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia in the women's singles gold medal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, in London, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
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WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal Saturday, beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1.

The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.

The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won the Olympics in 1988 after winning all four major titles. Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.

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