August 5, 2012 12:01 AM

Serena Williams earns first singles Olympic gold with lopsided win over Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams had just blown Maria Sharapova off Center Court 6-0, 6-1 on a blustery Saturday to win her first Olympic singles gold medal, and was singing the “Star Spangled Banner’’ on the medal podium when a gust of wind blew the American flag off its display rod. It went fluttering down, landing near the Royal Box, as the audience gasped.

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