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Serena Williams: Olympic Gold Cements Her Claim as Greatest of All Time

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 Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 4, 2012

With her second victory in a matter of weeks at Wimbledon, Serena Williams cemented her claim as the greatest women's tennis player of all time.

Williams took her first ever Olympic gold singles medal in a dominating 6-0, 6-1 win against Maria Sharapova on Sunday, on the quickly receding grass at the All England Club.

The win completes the Golden Slam for Williams—a win at all four majors, The Australian, French, Wimbledon and the US Open, plus an Olympic single’s title.

Only three players in history can claim membership in this lofty group, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal.

Now, at the back-end of her career, Williams has filled the last major hole in her resume. And with its closing, the conversation of greatest women's player of all time has opened up.

Williams has dominated the women's game over the past decade. Funnily enough, she's done it in a period known for its parody outside of Williams and her sister Venus.

Serena has won five Wimbledon singles titles, five Australians and three U.S. Opens and has had only one measly victory on the red clay at the French Open. 

But her greatness doesn't stop there.

Williams has numerous doubles titles to her credit, actually 13 to be exact, all with her older sister.

Even more amazingly, she's also had success in mixed doubles at the majors. She's won at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and she's stated her goal is to fill in the gaps at the Australian and French before she's done.

Not only that, she also has an obscene amount of victories in the lower level singles tournaments.

Crazy thing is, she's not even close to retirement.

She's already stated she wants to keep playing until the games in Rio, meaning she has four more years to add to her lofty list of accomplishments.

Williams has also been a transcendent athlete off the court, too.

She's the first African American female to ever find this kind of success on tennis' highest level, and has inspired countless little girls to pick up a racket.

She may not be the most decorated singles female tennis player. She's actually not even close, as Margaret Smith Court is eight majors ahead of her, and Martina Navratilova has more than double her total in singles events.

However, considering her all-around game, her longevity and her dominance in a period of parody, she's certainly belongs in the conversation. 

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