That's the only loss that surprised me. Otherwise, the complete annihilation of Maria S in the Olympic gold final was a surprise. I thought Sharapova would have a little more to give for gold. "Not today, baby," said Serena, to quote Rennae Stubbs in the commentary booth.
Serena was injured at AO,and Makarova was on fire. So, great win for her, and no shock.
Her game is suited for clay, and maybe slow HC, so it is shocking to see her winning on the supposedly fastest surface... Actually Shvedova did a great job in that 3rd round match showing how to play on grass, with beautiful serving, volleys and agressive gameplay. Honestly I was shocked it was not easier for Shvedova.
A golden set wasn't good enough?
Speaking of it, the Golden set was a shock. A Wild Card in Shvedova winning the Golden set against a top 10 player who was in good form.
I still don't understand what happened after that second set TB. Serena was sobbing at the change of ends and then practically gave up until 05 at which point she had already dug herself a grave too big to get out of.
Any loss by the legendary Serena "Lordrena" Jamekus Christ is a shocking loss.
Imperious in victory. Never conceiving the possibility of defeat. The greatest of her era. The self-belief, that smile, backhand, muscles, serve, personality, all larger than life. There's no greater sight in women's tennis than watching Serena J. Williams go to work.