There is nothing more universal right than the love among tennis fans for Dinara Safina. What's not to love? She's the only woman on the tour since Justine's retirement who is consistently bringing it week in and week out. And while Ana, Maria, JJ, and Serena are off gallivanting around the world on their post-Wimbledon vacations, Dinara has continued to work. That little bubble belly she had at Roland Garros is almost gone at this point. She's chiseled herself into a model of fitness. It's really impressive and I'm so happy for her. Now that Maria is out, Dinara is my #1 Russian.
But come on, there's no way she can keep this up. Mentally and physically this is going to take its toll and I don't want to see Dinara flame out. I genuinely believe she has a shot of competing for the #1 ranking by Indian Wells or Miami 2009. I think she'd be a worthy #1 (if she can show she can beat Ana) and I just don't want her to work herself back into a funk.