When I first saw this thread, I thought no way will Maria ever take this title. Then I watched her beat Venus last night. It was part Venus not playing well and part Maria not letting her play well. She was scary good. I've never seen this Maria! Now I understand the hype. If she plays like that against Vika or Serena, she very well could take the title. I hope she doesn't, of course. I hope she plays at this level and Serena plays just a little better for an epic quality final. I'm going to start visualizing it now.
Negative. If Sharapova plays twice as well as she did against Venus, she will still not win a game off Serena - even if Serena is having an off day.