Well, I can't say I've ever been a fan of hers, but I was rooting for her to win not just for the upset but also because she was playing so well. It was such a pleasant surprise considering that one of the commentators said right at the start that Raymond suffered from lack of self-belief and would probably go down in straight sets - instead, after surviving that sticky patch towards the end of the first set she got stronger at the business end of the second. Interesting to note that there was little serve-volleying (mostly unsuccessful when she tried), but judicious use of down the line slices followed by flat forehands into the corner.
In a way it's not that much of a surprise that she lost, and it was a reminder to some Williams fans confident in her ability to sweep through the draw that after six months out of the game Venus could still be vulnerable to a player of Top 30 quality who used smart tactics. Undoubtedly her errors contributed heavily to her defeat, but she still hit an amazing 12 aces in the second set and fought hard, and Raymond had to come up with some great aggressive play to get the crucial mini-break in the tiebreaker.
Say it Quietly, I'm White but I'm Really Rather Contrite