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Serena Williams: Golden Slam Winner Proves She's the Best

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia to win the gold medal match of the Women's Singles Tennis on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on August 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2012

Serena Williams' lopsided victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova made her just the second woman in tennis history to achieve a Golden Slam.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Golden Slam, it consists of winning a singles Career Grand Slam plus the Olympic gold medal in singles in the same calendar year.

Steffi Graf was the first woman to ever accomplish the feat, after sweeping all four major titles and winning gold at the 1988 Olympics.

The No. 4 Williams was dominant over No. 3 Sharapova in what was the most crooked women's final in Olympic history, winning 6-0, 6-1.

It was just a month ago that Williams earned her fifth Wimbledon title at the All England Club, further cementing her status as the best of the best in women's tennis.

As Christopher Clarey of The New York Times wrote, "Williams, who has dominated many a tournament in her remarkable emotional roller coaster of a career, has perhaps never been more dominant than she was in singles at these Olympics."

Even former tennis great Billie Jean King took to Twitter to congratulate Williams, tweeting:

Congratulations @serenawilliams on capturing Gold in singles & best of luck as you & @venuseswilliams go for Gold in doubles! #Olympics

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJKing) August 4, 2012

Given her supreme victory over one of the world's best players in Sharapova, it would be hard to argue that Serena Williams isn't the best tennis player on the planet right now.

She sports 14 Grand Slam singles championships on her resume—which is the most of any active woman—and redeemed herself here at the 2012 Games after being ousted in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Games in Beijing.

If you can name a better women's tennis player in the game right now, please do, and think hard, because no one stacks up to Serena right now.

 

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