Re: A few thoughts about Dinara Safina
Is Safina truly ready to win a slam? Kim Clijsters won three tournaments and made her first GS final in 2001, losing 12-10 in the third!?!? All this at age 18. Surely this was a multi-slam winner about to blossom. But it was four years and four more GS finals before she won one. Lindsay Davenport made four GS finals and SIX other semis after winning her last slam. In other words, the distance between a GS chmap and a finalist is bigger than it seems. IMHO, Mary Jo Fernandez is still the best player never to win a slam. Three finals and five semis, but no title.
That last step to GS champ is a chasm.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.