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Five things to look out for on finals Saturday

Serena Williams hits a practice serve ahead before an Olympic backdrop.
by Mark Hodgkinson
Saturday 4 August 2012

- By nightfall, Serena Williams could be eating a fish burger - she has suggested she would celebrate a singles gold by popping into a fast-food restaurant - while thinking of names for what would be a first for tennis. What would you call it? Both Williams and Maria Sharapova will today be trying to turn a singles career grand slam into a career golden slam (it was just a couple of months ago that the Siberian completed her set of majors by winning the French Open). The only other female player to have won the four majors and a gold medal is Steffi Graf, so today's Olympic champion would be in an exclusive club. If Serena wins, however, she would also start a new club of her own. She would become the first player to have a golden slam for both singles and doubles, having already won all the majors and the Olympics with her sister Venus. 

- Be prepared, should Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Bob and Mike Bryan in the men's doubles gold medal, for a fun celebration. To honour their semi-final victory, they fell on the grass and kissed each other. Llodra has been known to celebrate doubles titles by removing items of clothing.  

- Regulars at the All England Club trying to decide what they make of the bronze medal match. At the Wimbledon Championships, beaten semi-finalists can slope away from the grounds, there is no need for them to return for another match. At the Olympics, though, the format requires those who lost in the semi-finals to play again, as there is a bronze on the line. For the first time at Wimbledon, players can lose twice at the same tournament. The day also brings the men's doubles bronze medal match with France's Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet to play Spaniards DavidFerrer and Feliciano Lopez. 

- Andy Murray smiling some more, and giving his all on the mixed doubles court, even though he has a gold medal singles match to prepare for. Because of the way the schedule has backed up - a combination of the weather, and Roger Federertaking almost four and a half hours to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final - Murray and Laura Robson could play twice today. Should the British pairing beat Australia's Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt, they will also play a semi-final. Federer, by contrast, has the day off. In all likelihood, Murray won't think that it was a mistake to have entered the mixed doubles competition. 

- Olympians in the crowd. Athletes who have finished their competition, or have the day off, have been spotted at the Club. Kobe Bryant was on Centre Court to watchFederer defeat Del Potro.

The London 2012 Olympic tennis is taking place at Wimbledon. Visit the ITF Olympics site for full scores, draws and the London 2012 site for video content, venue and schedule information.


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