Two of America's most famous tennis players will square off for a gold medal in the women's singles final of the 2012 Olympics. Only one of them is American: Serena Williams, who eviscerated women's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the gold medal final.
Williams thrashed Azarenka on her first serve, winning 31 of 35 points, and crushed her on the return, allowing the Belarussian to win just over half of her points on first serve and breaking four times. Williams also cranked up her serve, which yielded 16 aces and four in the decisive game, including a second serve ace on match point.
Williams will meet Russia's Maria Sharapova, competing in her first Olympics, in the gold medal final. Of the two, only Sharapova has dropped a set en route to the finals.
Azarenka will meet Maria Kirilenko on Saturday in the bronze medal final.