Safina's rise just a matter of time

Updated: June 3, 2009, 2:08 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Dinara Safina has the look of a Grand Slam champion every which way but on paper.

Long confined by her own fragile psyche, lost in the WTA's swarm of Russian queen bees and pigeonholed as the little sister of an iconic ATP star, Safina has gone to work at Roland Garros like a type A chief executive. Her profit report through the round of 16: Eight sets won, none lost; four sets won at love; a total of five games dropped; an average match time of 59 minutes.

But ...

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