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Williams Beats Sharapova To Claim Olympic Tennis Gold

Maria Sharapova struggled to find any rhythm in her women's singles gold medal match against American Serena Williams.
American Serena Williams has won her first Olympic tennis women's singles gold medal with a 6-0, 6-1 demolition of Russia's Maria Sharapova on Wimbledon's Centre Court on August 4.

Williams' win, which took just 62 minutes, was the most one-sided women's tennis final in the history of the games.

Williams' victory surpassed Suzanne Lenglen's 6-3, 6-0 win over Dorothy Holman in the 1920 final in Antwerp, Belgium.

Williams' gold means that she became just the second woman to win all four major professional tournament as well as an Olympic championship.

The 30-year-old emulates German legend Steffi Graf, who achieved the same feat in 1988 when she won the five titles in the same year.

Earlier Belarusian tennis player and current world number one Viktoria Azarenka claimed the bronze, with a 6-3 6-4 win over Russian Maria Kirilenko.

Azizi Fails To Progress

Elsewhere, on the Olympics track, Afghan athlete Masood Azizi failed to qualify for the next round of the 100-meter men's sprint after finishing sixth in his heat.

Speaking to Radio Free Afghanistan after his race, Azizi said he enjoyed the experience, despite being unhappy with his time of 11.19 seconds, off his personal best of 11.11 seconds.

Azizi is unemployed and funded by his family, who live in Kabul.

Despite his failure, Azizi, 23, who also competed in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008, said his aim at the next Olympics was to win a medal.

After Azizi's exit, all Afghan eyes will be on the country's two taekwondo players competing at the games -- Nesar Ahmad Bahawi and Rohullah Nikpai, who won the country's first Olympic medal-- a bronze in at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.