I wouldn't say that the quality of play was good, let alone great, at any point; the best matches I saw were Mauresmo v Molik, Myskina v Rubin and Raymond v Williams, which speaks volumes (only one three-setter in that lot!).
The trouble is, women's tennis has stagnated; it's become stale and predictable. Previously, the top players would cruise through the early rounds but redeem the game with some cracking rivalries, but at the moment there are no meaningful rivalries at the top of the game. Davenport v Henin-Hardenne should have been a classic: a former No 1 and past champion battling for a last chance of glory against the upstart who's usurped her. Instead, it was dreadful - and predictably so. When I say that Davenport will continue to come up woefully short in the biggest matches and fail to win another Slam, I'd quite like it if she proved me wrong, but she proves me right again and again. Ditto with Capriati. And the fact that those two are still clogging up the top 5 when they are no threats whatsoever to win a Slam says it all about the rest.
It's also frustrating to see so many matches being decided on a) injuries and b) nerves. I'm sorry, but it's a professional athlete's job to keep herself healthy and mentally strong, and the fact that just ONE woman managed both at the AO is quite embarrassing.
And compare this situation to the men's game - in the past, the men's game has also suffered from a lack of rivalries (top players rarely playing each other etc), too much surface specialism and too much under-performing, but it's looking very healthy at the moment. To be honest, the women's game just feels like it's waiting around for either the Williams sisters to be healthy and commit fully (shyeah right on both counts) so they can have some proper rivalries with Justine, or for players like Sharapova and Golovin to grow up (which will take a few years yet).