Ugh, you're back. Look, if you didn't see anything different yesterday from Maria then I'm sorry, that's your problem. But it's clear to all rational people that she's monumentally closer to beating Serena these days than she has been the past couple years.
I am one of those who saw something different form Maria, she definitely had more to offer and seem to have more beliefs.
But I would not go as far as saying she was close to beating Serena.
What I can say w/o hesitation is that Maria made yesterday's match much more competitive than their recent encounters spanning 2 years now.
It is a shame that she lost the final set to love, and that contributed to erasing some of the credit she built in the first 2 sets, in the mind of several posters who disagree with us.
The case they are making is as follows
If and when Serena raises her level, Maria is no competition. And the 6-0 makes a good case for that.
They even added Serena had room to raise her level even more, but she did not need to.
So, to recap, yes, Maria had a very respectful effort yesterday, but I am not prepared to say she is any close to winning against Serena.