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Svetlana Kuznetsova’s countrywoman Maria Sharapova has been defeated by Serena Williams in the final of women’s tennis singles tournament of London Olympics. With this victory, Serena has won her first gold medal in the Olympic tennis singles event. Serena absolutely thrashed Sharapova. The Russian player was able to win only one game in the whole match. Serena won the match in the straight sets by 6-0, 6-1.

Serena played 6 matches in the competition and she won all the matches in the straight sets. It proved to be very difficult for any other player to give a tough fight to Serena. She dominated every opponent with his power game. She didn’t lose any set in the whole competition and continued her dream run at the Wimbledon court. With this victory, Serena has completed the Golden Slam. Serena was overjoyed after winning the gold medal in the singles event for the first time. She said that she has never been more happy than today. It is the biggest win of her career and she would never forget this day. She has been waiting for this day for so long and finally, she has done that.

After losing the match, Sharapova said that it was very hard to control the powerful shots of Serena. She was serving really well and she played some amazing groundstrokes. Meanwhile, Serena Williams has also won the gold medal in the doubles competition by playing with her sister Venus Williams. The Williams sisters defeated the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the final match. The Williams sisters won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 6-4. This is the third gold medal for the Williams sisters in the doubles event. They had also won the gold medal in the Sydney Olympics of 2000 and Beijing Olympics of 2008.

Svetlana out of Olympics

Russian tennis player and former French open champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova, has said that she is shocked to hear that she is out of the Russian squad for the London Olympics.

The president of the Tennis Federation of Russia, Shamil Tarpishchev, has announced the Russian squad for the London Olympics. There are six members in the squad. Maria Sharapova will be leading the side. The other members of the squad are Ekaterina Makarova, Nadya Petrova, Maria Kirilenko, Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina. However, Mr. Tarpishchev said that Svetlana Kuznetsova would be the reserved player for the London Olympics.

On being asked about her being selected as the reserved player for the Olympics, Kuznetsova answered that it is quite hard to believe that she has not been included in the main squad. As per Kuznetsova, this news had disturbed her a lot. Kuznetsova had represented Russia in the last two Olympics of 2004 and 2008 which were held in Athens and Beijing respectively. She performed quite well in 2004 and went to the quarter finals. However, she had to suffer a defeat in the quarterfinals. But, the Beijing Olympics was a nightmare for her. She got defeated in the very first round by Li Na of China.

Meanwhile, Kuznetsova has clearly said that she would not be going to London as a reserved player. She said that it would be better to play in some American Tournaments rather than visiting London as a reserved player. The current world ranking of Kuznetsova is 35 which is better than the rankings of the two members of the Russian Olympic squad i.e. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Also, Kuznetsova has a decent record at Wimbledon, where the Olympic matches are going to be played. So, the omission of Kuznetsova from the main squad is quite surprising.

Kuznetsova not going to London as a Reserve

Russian tennis ace Svetlana Kuznetsova has made it clear that she will not travel to London as part of the tennis contingent of Russia as reserve player, in spite of her selection for that role.

The President of the Russian Tennis Federation had made it clear that the 27 year old would be a reserve player for the 6 member tennis contingent for the London Olympic Games, expected to be led by Maria Sharapova, the third ranked female tennis player in the world. Read more »