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Williams won another blowout Friday, this time against the world’s No. 1-ranked player, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. Williams clinched the first singles medal of her career, and she’ll play first-time OlympianMaria Sharapova in the final Saturday.
“I’m just enjoying myself,” Williams said. “It’s just a great vibe to have the USA fans and all the other countries’ fans that come out and root really, really hard. It’s an unbelievable experience.”
“When you’re playing the best player in the world, you’ve got to play well,” Williams said. “I felt like I had nothing to lose — just going for it.”
Sharapova, seeded No. 3, won an all-Russian semifinal against No. 14 Maria Kirilenko, 6-2, 6-3. Sharapova had a 35-7 advantage in winners but still had to rally in the second set, sweeping the final four games.
“Obviously it’s tough to play a Russian on the other side of the net, but I’m happy that one of us can go for gold,” Sharapova said. “It’s incredible, not only to be a part of this event and be an Olympian, but to put yourself in with an opportunity to go for gold. It’s a really nice feeling.”
Sharapova has won each major title once and completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in June.
“Baby steps, I guess,” Sharapova said. “It’s been amazing to achieve what I have achieved. Obviously growing up you have big dreams and hopes of winning your certain favorite tournaments. I’ve been fortunate to win all the Grand Slams, and obviously this is my first Olympics, so I’m just thrilled to be in the final.”
If Sharapova wins, she’ll regain the No. 1 ranking from Azarenka.
“I’m way more relaxed this time around,” she said. “Something about this tournament is just making me play well, maybe because it’s not what I worked for my whole life, like to get a Grand Slam. I’m not, like, stressed out — ‘This could be it, No. 14 or No. 15.’ I feel like whether I get a medal or not, I’m happy.”
Williams seeks her third gold medal. She teamed with her sister Venus to win the gold in doubles in 2000 and 2008. They play in the semifinals Saturday.
In singles, Serena has won 33 of her past 34 matches, and she has won 12 in a row against top-five players. She’s 8-2 against Sharapova, including wins in their past seven meetings.
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