Tournament favorites Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova go for gold and the career “Golden Slam” glory Saturday at the Olympic Tennis event at Wimbledon.
Serena has been totally week dropping only 16 games in wins over No. 1s Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki and yesterday at complete destruction of current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2.
Sharapova is playing well also. Playing her first Olympic games the Russian has lost only one set and yesterday she easily handled countrywomen Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3.
Head-to-head, Serena has dominated her Russian rival winning eight of ten meetings including their last seven. The two have split their two meetings at Wimbledon.
“Maria does everything really well,” said Serena. “She’s improved so much from week-to-week. I mean, the worst thing for her to do is lose because the next time she comes out, she wins and improves, she never looks back.
“For me, that’s going to be really important, knowing I’m playing a great player, French Open champion. I have to really do my best. I don’t have anything to lose tomorrow. She’s No. 3 in the world. I just do the best I can. Whether I win or not, it will be just a great opportunity for me to get this far.”
But with a gold and the golden slam at stake, who will best handle the occasion?
Serena and elder sister Venus are still in the gold medal women’s doubles hunt. They’ll pay in their semifinals against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. The sisters have never lost an Olympic doubles match (14-0).
Later today, the top ranked Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, seek a similar career Gold Slam and a first gold medal. The twins will play the French team of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a best-of-3 final.
Centre Court starting at 12:00
XD QF (ITF) ROBSON / MURRAY (GBR) vs (ITF) STOSUR / HEWITT (AUS)
not before 14:00
WS F (4) WILLIAMS Serena (USA) vs (3) SHARAPOVA Maria (RUS)
MD F (1) BRYAN / BRYAN (USA) vs (2) LLODRA / TSONGA (FRA)
Court No. 1 starting at 12:00
WS BM (1) AZARENKA Victoria (BLR) vs (14) KIRILENKO Maria (RUS)
not before 13:30
MD BM BENNETEAU / GASQUET (FRA) vs FERRER / LOPEZ (ESP)
XD SF Winner of: vs LISICKI / KAS (GER) vs ROBSON / MURRAY (GBR) vs STOSUR
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