LONDON -- Serena Williams, the newly minted gold medalist, did a little dance after almost winning at love.
That's what winning the Olympics and another Wimbledon in less than a month will do.
Williams served three aces in the opening game and rarely relented, beating an overmatched Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-0, 6-1, in the women's Olympic final Saturday, taking 62 minutes.
"I was so focused here," Williams said afterward. "I remember I was serving and I was thinking, 'Serena, this is your best chance to win a gold medal. You played Wimbledon on grass. You played great on grass. Pull it together.' I was thinking, 'I got to do this.'
"...I was like, 'I can do this. This is so your surface, so just do it.'"
Sharapova, who was playing in her first Olympics, lauded the high level of tennis displayed by Williams.
"Look, she's playing incredibly confident tennis," Sharapova said. "After winning Wimbledon, you've seen her level progress so much here over this tournament. With every match she's played, she's playing better, hitting harder, so much power on the ball. Even against the wind today, her shots were very powerful.