Serena is always gracious?!? She referred to her performance in the Wimbledon final as terrible and always says that she played like crap when she loses. She may be RIGHT, but that's still not being gracious. Just as Maria may not have been too gracious in playing to win a big title when Serena was hurt. In interviews I would say that Maria is MORE gracious than Serena, and she her on-court intensity has nothing to do with Serena just as Serena's intensity has nothing to do with Maria. They're just two fantastic competitors and champions.
That is why I am a fan of both players, although I root for Serena a bit more because I've followed her for so many years she doesn't have as many years left.