Not only did Serena channel the the Glitter Queen with the splits, she also channeled her game. Serena was on the ropes against her big sister, facing multiple set points in each set. But she scrambled like heck, won the big points when it counted, and somehow escaped with the win.
Boy, these Sister matches aren't all that exciting from a cheering fan perspective, but they have become ridiculous displays of remarkable women's tennis. Power hitting, big serving, speedy scrambling, and clutch volleying. They are simply a joy to watch if you're a tennis fan.
At this point, Serena and Venus have to be able to look at each other just shrug. Serena should have won at Wimbledon and Venus should have won here (she had 10 set points in the match!) given their respective levels of play. I have very little doubt that Serena is going to take this title (there, I jinxed her). So what's nice, at least from a fan's perspective, is that both Serena and Venus had to go through each other to win their titles. Something about that seems very just to me.
It's a shame Venus had to go out at this stage, especially when she's trying to get her ranking up. She'll actually lose points here because she made the semifinals last year. She was playing so well and had she been put on the other side of the draw, she would have at least made the semis, possibly the final. But I guess that's how the Oreo cookie crumbles.
So we have some juicy semifinals now set: Dinara vs. Serena and Elena vs. JJ. I'm still going to predict a Serena/Elena final with the winner to become the new #1. That's a lot of marbles, people. A lot.