Re: Which was Serena's easiest road to a Slam title?
Originally Posted by L'Enfant Sauvage
For what it's worth USO 2012 is Serena's weakest draw en route to a slam win(not in terms of level of play, but then again anyone can play well when playing 6 of the 7 players she had to face there.) Even so, it edges out Sharapova's epic RG2012 where she played no one of note. Errani was a cakewalk for both, and regardless of the surface she was never going to take a set off of Serena or Sharapova. So what it really comes down to is Azarenka on outdoor hardcourts(which Maria is 0-4 against in 2012 IIRC), or Kvitova on red clay
the problem is that Razzano would have been considered a cakewalk for Sharapova if she had been in her 1R draw , because would have been beaten 6-1 6-3 by Pova. Errani is definitely a cakewalk , just because Pova beat her , but for Ivanovic, Kuzzy , Sam and Kerber this cake was too tough....
There were probably 2 players capable of beating Sharapova on red clay - Serena and Li Na, both were in Masha's half/quarter.... It's not Masha's problem that they sucked
Serena's draw at USO is different, because her half of draw was the weakest possible, nobody was even in delusional fantasies competitive vs Serena, while Masha's/Vika's half packed with all the contenders
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