It is a sad thing, really - she's not got a game I like much, it's very artificially constructed, not much feel there, but watching her struggle through a complete lack of confidence and the fact that you can see it all so clearly on her face and in her eyes how much it all hurts her, it's hard to see - watching her at times last year and at the end of 09 was horrible, seeing how fraught and how almost hysterical the whole situation was making her.
I remember the year my brother visited me at IW we were watching from the first row Safina run back and forth and back and forth on the baseline. Her face was completely red and she was gasping for breath, but still running running. My brother just looked at me like "is this really happening?"
I think she worked very hard indeed, Even though as you say her game was not particularly appealing, she did quite a bit with what she had. I wonder what it would have been if her brother had worked so hard.
Lots of baggage for Dinara to carry with her too. More than most girls have, I think. Anyway, I've always had a soft spot for her.