Re: safina is rising through the rankings but haters not growing in TF something wron
Well, so far she's been able to back up all the hype. The only hurdle she's fallen at yet is the Olympics, and I think everyone was so pleased for Dementieva they've forgiven Safina for losing a match she was probably supposed to win.
Plus, she's done something to appease pretty much every major group of fans: she beat Henin in her last match, satisfying the Williams fans, without truly threatening the Williams at the US Open. She beat Sharapova at the French without beating Ivanovic, satisfying the Serbians. She beat Serena in Berlin, which pleased the Sharapova fans. And she didn't beat Dementieva when it mattered in Beijing, making them happy.
There's little to fault her with; she doesn't play an undue amount of tournaments, she works hard, she's got a personality but isn't a TOTAL b-i-t-c-h on court, she's not particularly good-looking (which helps the insecure fans of the glamorous players). If anything, the only fan base that I can conceive of having issues with her are Kuznetsova fans, for replacing Sveta as the awkward looking, forehand queen of the top 5, but we're a more forgiving bunch than most, and tend to reward results more than some fan bases.
But, just wait until next season. If she doesn't win a slam next season, the hate will come out in droves. Fortunately, she's in the elite circle of players who really can win a slam. And she's young enough.
You know, Safina may prove to be her generations exception to my golden rule about slam winners. She didn't reach a slam semifinal as a teen, nor did she win a Tier I as a teen. BUT, she did have a big chunk of time interrupted when she was 17 or 18 years old with injury. So there we go. I'm pulling for her; she's a different type of game, and now she has a brain, too!