Team USA has a chance to sweep the tennis gold medals in women’s singles and doubles play, with the world’s top men’s doubles team also going for gold and the men’s singles final featuring a match-up of international intrigue.
Serena Williams is in the women’s singles gold medal match tomorrow against Maria Sharapova, after Serena beat world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in straight sets and Sharapova defeated her countrywoman Maria Kirilenko. Serena dominated Azarenka, 6-1, 6-2. Sharapova, serving as Russia’s flag-bearer in her first Olympics, won in straight sets as well, 6-2, 6-3.
Roger Federer will meet Britain’s favorite son, Andy Murray, Sunday in the men’s singles final. Federer went deep into to the decisive third set with Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, with neither men able to break the other’s serve until Federer took the 18th game, then held serve in the 19th to advance. Federer had come back to win the final two sets, 3-6, 7-6, 19-17. Murray won his semifinal match with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.
Federer had eliminated the last American men’s singles hope, John Isner, in the quarterfinals.
Bob and Mike Bryan also advanced to the men’s doubles finals tomorrow where they will take on Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra after beating the other French pair today in straight sets. The Bryans took down Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, 6-4, 6-4. Tsonga and Llodra went to the third set against Spain’s David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 4-6, 18-16 and winning an epic third set.
The Williams sisters have yet to play their semifinal match against Russia’s Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova after it was postponed due to rain. Team USA’s other women’s doubles pair – Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond – lost their semifinal match with Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova, 1-6, 6-7. They will meet the loser of the other semifinal in the bronze medal match.
In mixed doubles, Raymond and Mike Bryan have advanced to the semifinals after defeating a tired del Potro and fellow Argentine Gisela Dulko in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. They await the winner of a quarterfinal match between India and Belarus on Saturday.