These are grand times to be a Kim fan!
Yes, because Kim is now a recognized (if not always admitted) threat to Williams dominance, certain members of that fanbase have been yapping and generally trying to discredit Kim.
But why? Because she is a clear, full-time threat. And that's not easy to attain.
I (we) used to have to worry about many players. It would be a real feat for Kim to beat Lindsay, a real feat to beat Martina, etc etc. That's all gone. Kim is a serious threat to the Williams, and absolutely postively EXPECTED to beat any other player on tour.
Kim has now gone 20 consecutive matches without losing more than 4 games in a set to anyone not named Serena Williams. That's 18 non-Serena matches. Add that to an identical split in the 2 Serena matches, and that is one HELL of a run.
You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.