… As US flag blown down
LONDON (AFP) – As the newly-crowned Olympic singles gold medallist, Serena Williams was watching proudly as the American flag was raised to the roof of Centre Court on Saturday.
Then mother nature took a hand to lend a bizarre twist to the prize-giving ceremony at Wimbledon.
Williams, who crushed Russia’s Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the women’s final on Saturday, dissolved into giggles on the medal podium as a strong gust of wind blew the famous stars and stripes flag off its metal pole and into the crowd below.
With the flags of Sharapova’s Russia and Belarus — for bronze medallist Victoria Azarenka — still flying proudly, Serena turned to joke with Sharapova as the American national anthem played on in the background.
A member of staff retrieved the flag, while another carried it around with Serena as she, Sharapova and Azarenka posed for photo