Re: Slams that have been won by a player playing awful the whole tournamnet?
I'm guessing you didn't actually watch any of her matches other than the final. That's okay, most people didn't.
With the exception of a couple of minor, short-lived lapses, Sam played at a high level for the whole two weeks. That's why, going into the final, the tiny group of commentators who had been paying attention gave her a decent chance of pulling off the upset that she did.
I'd go as far as to say the only really poor match Sam has played at the USO in the last 3 years was the '10 QF against Kim that you already mentioned. It was an abominable match from both of them.
I think the reason commentators were giving Sam a chance was because their H2H was quite even at the time(with Sam having won something like 2 of the last 3 or 4 matches) and Sam had beaten her in a GS before....
Sidenote, I'm surprised no one has mentioned the 2010 Wimbledon where Serena's ground game was gone and she became Serve Rena after Rd 3 ( and IIFC only played 2 top 20 players in the entire event,with the highest being at #10 :/)
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