I don't disagree she needs to clean up the unforced errors. However, with certain players Serena just...has their number. Sharapova is one. Halep's another. Halep is certainly in better form than the last time they played. But if Serena served like she served Tuesday, and returns like she returned today (or frankly, even one or the other), Halep doesn't have a chance. One of Halep's main strengths is not making a ton of errors, so Serena absolutely needs to keep hers down. But if she can manage a good ratio of winners to unforced, Serena is very likely to take it. It wouldn't be any sort of giant upset shock if Halep wins, by no means, but I'm still not really expecting her to.
I realized around the time Serena tied Steffi that I'm extremely emotionally invested in her breaking Court's record. I want Court off the screen when they show the top anybodies (and I think they only bring up her "not in the Open Era" records because Serena is so close to it). Court is a hateful, horrible person and it bothers me to hear her lauded. (It also bothers me the arena is named after her in Aus) She was a good tennis player, but she's a bad human. To me, while Serena absolutely had some horrific meltdowns, I don't think Serena is a bad person. I do draw a line between a bad person (who maybe sometimes does good things) and a generally good person who has done some bad things. I think Serena is the latter. In general, people seem to like her. She's known as someone who is kind to younger players. She obviously has a temper and I'm not excusing that, but it seems like most of the time she's not a jerk. She doesn't generally smack talk people. If goaded to she usually avoids the question. When she has a bad day, she's reallllllllllllly bad. But I think I'd take someone who once every 2-3 years loses her shit to an 11 over someone who is basically always a level 5-6 asshole (Hello Kyrgios and Benoit Paire). Is Serena the best human ever? No. Is she the best female tennis player? Almost certainly. I think she's a better person, a better role model, and a better tennis player than Margaret Court. And nobody else is even close at this point. I think of active players Venus is next behind Serena, but I doubt Venus will even play another 15 slams let alone win them. So it's Serena or waiting probably 20 years at least for someone else to come even close. Which means I want Serena to win this. And the US Open.