Essentially, a solid analysis of what really happened on court.
Yes, the crowd was hostile, but it wasn't that hostile. In fact, the ESPN commentators at the end of the first set(I think) remarked that the Belgian fans in all the funny hats were keeping pretty quiet because they thought that's what was in Justine's best interests.
Things really didn't get that noisey until the third set and it was nothing compared to what Hingis went through in '99.
Serena, for some strange reason, just didn't seem to have it. Yet she did have her chances and for the most part, she didn't capitilize on them.
Pardon me for saying this, but I have always felt that what differentiates both Williams sisters from the pack is their serve and while we know Venus' serve sometimes deserts her, this time it was Serena who had a less than effective serve. But know what? Most of the time when she loses these days, it is because her serve lets her down. She only served at something like 56 percent yesterday.
This is a hard pill for some to swallow, but big serving is what often pulls the big girls out of trouble in tough matches. That ability to fend off break points with an ace or a very good first serve that puts the receiver on the defensive is the difference quite often and yesterday, Serena just didn't do that.
And since she didn't do it in the first set, either, the problem was not with the crowd. Justine may have already gotten into Serena's head.
That may be one of the perils of telling yourself that every match rests in your hands and your hands alone. Its an interesting belief system, but what happens when you find out you are wrong?