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Two hours after Williams completed her Golden Slam, twins Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States achieved the same feat, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of France to win the gold in doubles, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Williams took charge of her final from the start, sweeping the first eight points. The crowd wanted to see a contest and saved its biggest cheers for the rare occasions when Sharapova won a point.

Mostly she was lunging or whiffing as the ball whizzed past, or caught off-balance trying to block back shots at her feet. Williams finished with 10 aces, 24 winners and only seven unforced errors.

“She’s playing incredibly confident tennis,” Sharapova said. “Her shots were very powerful.”

There was no giving up by the Russian, one of the most dogged players on the women’s tour, but there was no letup from Williams.

“Against Maria, if you give her any hope, she’s trying to come back,” Williams said. “She won that one game and I could see her pumping her fist, and I was like, ‘Oh boy, here she comes.’ It was really important for me to almost go out there and just do everything.”

When Williams ripped a return winner for a 2-0 lead in the second set, she screamed “Come on!” as if trying to jump-start her game.

She had a similar outburst two games later after whacking a winner to erase a break point, one of only two she faced. She was broken just once in the tournament.

At 15-15 in the final game, a spectator shouted, “Don’t give up, Maria.”

One point later, someone else hollered, “Maria, I still want to marry you.”

Soon Williams closed out the victory with her 60th ace of the tournament, then let out a long scream. After shaking hands with Sharapova, Williams hopped a dozen times on the grass she loves, waved and then hopped some more.

Williams was still hopping as she put on her Team USA jacket for the medal ceremony. Then she began to dance.

“I don’t think I’ve ever danced like that,” she said. “I don’t even know where the dance came from.”

These days, no one can match her moves.