Quiet Confidence vs Loud Nervousness
This clearly describes the match today. From the 1st point, Maria was ready to kick, yell and scream her way to victory. On the other hand, Serena is trying to invest more and more into a calm, yet confident competitor. Sure, she's still an emotional person/player and the grunts/growls come out from time to time. But remember, this same quiet confidence was exemplified in the Justine match in Miami. And only did Serena get loud in other matches when she was badly messing up.
Sharapova, on the other hand, was waaaayyyyyyyyy too intense today. I thought it was a grand slam or something. Just toooo much.
There's an old martial arts lesson that if you enter a fight and your opponent is not saying anything but you're talking sh*t, getting loud and making threats, you better watch out because your opponent probably knows something you don't!!!