Venus Williams

VENUS RAKES IN THE GOLD

By Craig Gabriel

OLYMPIC TENNIS, WIMBLEDON: Serena and Venus Williams have created another slice of Olympic history. They won the doubles gold medal defeating Czechs AndreaHlavackova and Lucie Hradecka the fourth seeds 6-4, 6-4. Serena was coming off winning the singles gold medal the day before.

The result took their tally to four gold medals each (both have one singles and three doubles) which is more gold medals than any other tennis player. Their medals came in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and now London.

“Well, for us it’s so exciting in this Olympics winning the gold together,” Venus said. “For me it was amazing to watch Serena from the stands and see her, you know, complete the golden slam.  So it’s been amazing for us.

“We’ve been winning this title since 2000, but it’s easier said than done.  We come in as the favorites.  But it’s not a given.  We fought hard.  Our opponents played well.  They’re very talented.

“We’re glad to keep the medal for us.  It was great.”

Serena was asked what she can attribute the amazing tennis she is playing to “I don’t know,” she said. “I just always give all the glory to God.  You know, lately I’ve just been focused only on tennis, nothing else, no distractions, no life (smiling).

“My life is practice in the morning, training in the afternoon.  Wake up to practice in the morning, training.  Definitely been spending a lot more time maybe on the tennis court.  I have a nothingtolose attitude.

“I think we love it more than anything.  We don’t do it for any other reason outside of pure joy.  It’s a great opportunity to do something that you love every day.  You know, not everyone gets to do that.  So we really enjoy those moments.”