KHARKIV: Serena Williams’ bid to win a first Olympic Games gold medal in singles has brought her to this European outpost of world tennis for her first Fed Cup assignment on foreign soil in 13 years. She already owns doubles gold achieved with sister Venus at the 2000 Sydney Games and 2008 in Beijing. A singles title has eluded her and left her with a sense of unfinished business since losing to eventual Olympic champion Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals. In normal circumstances, Williams would be an automatic selection for the London Olympics, but rules state that a player must make themselves available for at least two Fed Cup ties in a four-year spell to be eligible.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2012.
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