Well, I never liked Monica or Steffi so, I also don't like Capriati, Davenport or Mary.
As I said before I like finesse, touch, orthodox tennis, what for me is aesthetic.
The main point is to win the game, yes, but for the players, not the fans, if result was the only thing that matters then we could just look at the result on the internet, but we want to watch the matches, and I like to watch something I enjoy watching, I couldn't care less if Venus or Serena's style are effective (they are), I simply don't enjoy watching them and they can win 1000 GSs and it will still be the same.
Also, you are confusing finesse players with counterpunchers, there is a big difference and I don't like counterpunchers, as an extreme example, Novotna was a finesse player, but she hardly was a counterpuncher was she?
Of course I want my favourites to win, but if the prize is to play like the Williams, or Lindsay I prefer them to lose, or, I would look for other favourites.
I have no idea if Venus gives effort or not as I didn't see the match.
I have no comments on the rest, it's not something that bothers me.