Objectively, Sharapova=Venus - Great Movement...
...so why would she be expected to win? And frankly, the more I follow the Williams storyline, the more I like them. At this point, I am buying what they are putting out there:
Their losses (99/100 times) have more to do with them than with their opponents.
Injury free, they can walk into any tournament on any surface and (at the very least) threaten for the title.
Serena is one of the best ever and can win whenever she chooses. I mean, really. She held all four slams, went *through* Henin at the French to do so, and went *through* her sister (two-time defending champion of wimbledon, and who would make four *straight* finals when all was said and done)to win Wimbledon. She beats the best. When you throw in AO 05 and 07, where her preparation was ahem, lackluster, you have to show some serious respect. I do not disagree than Henin thoroughly outplayed her this year at RG though.
The point is that while Venus has a losing record to Sharapova, she must have played far below her best in those matches. Sharapova has absolutely nothing to hurt Venus with. They are like clones except Venus' movement is 5times better than Sharapova's. Venus' serve is better, she's stronger at the net. They both hit flat. The only real difference, though, is the movement. It's sort of like when Davenport played Seles in her later years. Very similar players, but Davenport moved much better.
The result is not surprising. Sharapova winning a set would have been...
I don't hate Sharapova, but I do think she's severely overrated. She really doesn't do anything special. Though, if she plays the match of her life, she can win slams..Just won't happen frequently.