Kim took it to a distant, struggling Venus today, 2 and 1. There are days where Venus struggles, and there are days when she really struggles. She really seems to lose focus sometimes, especially in 3 setters, and today it was like she never really could focus in.
And of course, when things are going well for Kim, they really go well. Being one of the best at getting into rhythms (for better or worse) it never really was a match. And Kim was able to just push Venus around and drive her into the ground.
Solid, solid tournament for Kim, who really only had problems with Justine. The win cracks her into the top 10.
As for Venus, she had a Serena like wrap on her right leg and a knee brace thing on the left, which might have had something to do with it. In fact, it wasn’t a whole lot unlike last year’s final with Vika and Serena, though maybe a little less hobbling. Venus wasn’t one to make excuses, though:
Q. Physically today how far off from 100% were you?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Today wasn’t my best day physically. To fight errors and not feel your best, it’s a really mental battle.
But, um, mentally and physically you have to fight out there at all times.
Mad props Vee, you rule.