LONDON: Wimbledon champion Serena Williams swept into the Olympic quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Russia’s Vera Zvonareva. Williams is bidding to win a singles gold medal for the first time and the American fourth seed remained on course to achieve her aim after a third successive demolition job at the All England Club. The 30-year-old had lost just nine games in her first two matches and she needed only 51 minutes to crush Zvonareva in an almost perfect display under the Wimbledon Centre Court roof. Williams thrashed Zvonareva in the 2010 Wimbledon final and this match was even more one-sided.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2012.