Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams both advanced to the final of the 2012 London Olympics with straight-set victories and are both looking for an upgrade of an already awe-inspiring Career Grand Slam to a Career Golden Grand Slam. Only Steffi Graf has completed a Career Golden Grand Slam so far, winning the gold medal in Seoul in 1988.
Playing her first Olympics, Sharapova was the first to advance to the final, beating compatriot Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-3. Sharapova hit 35 winners to Kirilenko’s 7 and won four games in a row to finish the match after Kirilenko broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set.
Serena joined Sharapova in the final after beating world No.1 Victoria Azarenka 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour. Serena hit 16 aces, contributing to the total number of 33 winners, while making only five unforced errors. Serena has now defeated a top-ranked player for the 14th time in her career, while she’s been victorious in straight sets in 11 of 12 successive wins over Top 5 players.
The last seven meetings between Serena and Sharapova were won by Serena, who leads their head-to-head 8-2.