Closer than I expected, especially after an easy first set, but the only reason Serena put herself in that position was from a mental letdown. Svetlana wasn't playing that great and it was inevitable that Serena would wake up and Kuznetsova would crumble, like she usually does.
Good result for Serena. All players need that one scare if they are to win a major title and Serena got hers today. It's a relief this didn't turn into the Australian Open where she gets unexpectedly dumped, making the path easier for the disgusting Vika.
As long as she's still slithering around, Serena needs to keep winning in case the worst case scenario of a final between the two happens. I can't accept a tennis world that lets someone like Vika win 2 majors in a row, especially when one of them is clay.
The only positive thing from this win of Serena is that we can guarantee Vika will not win this slam, in case she beats Maria in the semi and goes to the final I like Vika but she doesn't deserve to win 2 slams in 1 year and get closer to Maria's amount of slams this fast.
__________________ Maria Sharapova | Novak Djokovic