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nisha
08-22-2008, 09:11 AM
coach?

yarina
08-22-2008, 09:38 AM
coach?

Yes, it's her coach, Željko Krajan.

luxsword
08-22-2008, 09:59 AM
Who's the shirtless guy in the red shorts, too ? :lol:

bhargs30
08-22-2008, 01:55 PM
Yes, it's her coach, Željko Krajan.
thanks :)

coolness
08-24-2008, 06:46 AM
In their Beijing quarters.

Youzhny looks like Gumy, the coach. Dima must have been blogging and once again, a Safin with their celfone :devil:

http://i38.tinypic.com/10xzoua.jpg

coolness
08-24-2008, 07:12 AM
From WTA Forum:

" ...Ana(ivanovic) signed for more people before she left the court, but we thought it was VERY interesting that she and Dinara Safina did not acknowledge each other at all. No hello, no talking. Dinara clearly wasted no time flying into New York from Beijing, and my god is she a practice whore. Dinara is always hitting tennis balls, pretty much nonstop all day. Safina smiled a bit during practice but seemed grumpy for the most part...

....No one I hadn’t already seen on the stadiums in the morning, so I went to the practice courts early. Dinara Safina FINALLY signed for fans (my friend and I had been snubbed by her on Tuesday)...

...Next I watched some crabby Dinara practicing on one of the stadiums. Her attitude is becoming too much like her brother’s. I don’t remember Dinara being so intense in past tournaments. When I got her autograph at Miami 2007, she was very very friendly. But not this week at all. Has the recent success gotten to her head? Or is she putting extra pressure on herself to win this Slam? ...

...( the next day )We made our way over to the practice courts which featured a lot of the usual suspects (the practice whores who had been there all week, I think including Safina and Vaidisova). My friend later told me that when they left the court, neither Vaidisova nor Safina bothered to respond to any fans or sign for anyone....

...Oh, and back to Dinara. Earlier that afternoon my friend and I recognized her leaving the player’s building. Of course to practice some more, as always. She looked nice with her hair down, and I had been having a confident and aggressive day with players, so I cried, “Dinara! Dinara!” really loud. She looked at me and clearly heard me, but kept walking away. No interest in acknowledging my existence. .."

:haha:

luxsword
08-24-2008, 10:56 AM
She probably felt the bad vibes coming from that poster. :worship: Reading this, you get the feeling it's a terrible disorder to practice. :smash:

yarina
08-24-2008, 12:45 PM
Reading this, you get the feeling it's a terrible disorder to practice. :smash:

So true! No respect for the working people...

coolness
08-24-2008, 01:07 PM
In their Beijing quarters.

Youzhny looks like Gumy, the coach. Dima must have been blogging and once again, a Safin with their celfone :devil:

http://i38.tinypic.com/10xzoua.jpg

btw, who is this player next to dinara?:)

yarina
08-24-2008, 01:40 PM
btw, who is this player next to dinara?:)

vera zvonareva ?

camilia
08-24-2008, 02:43 PM
vera zvonareva ?

no It's Elena Vesnina, I hope i got the name right :confused:

yarina
08-24-2008, 02:50 PM
no It's Elena Vesnina, I hope i got the name right :confused:

Yes, I did not know she was in Beijing, that's why I guessed Zvonareva first - but looking at other pics it's definitely Vesnina!

coolness
08-26-2008, 04:12 AM
New York Times

Safina’s No Longer Just the Kid Sister By MICHAEL BRICK
Published: August 24, 2008

She slumped into the room at a manic pace, head low, all gazes averted, 6 feet of tone and bone ducked into reverie with a P.D.A. in her left hand, tapping out last signals as if to deploy some sci-fi cloaking device. Keep it together, keep it together.

Tonight there would be questions about her temper, her rise on the global tennis stage, her efforts to contain the former in furtherance of the latter and, of course, the big daddy of them all, the great taboo, her older brother.

Now her cheeks were flushed. Her hair was wet. Her lips took the shape of a coin slot. She wore red high-waters, loose bracelets and a pink T-shirt declaring “Impossible is Nothing.”

“I would say,” announced Dinara Safina, 22, kid sister to the helplessly combustible Marat Safin, “today luck was on my side.”

Funny how luck works. Sometimes you make it, and all that.

Just an hour earlier, Safina had lost a set to fourth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Afterward, she threw a tennis ball to the court, watched it bounce and then, as if unable to stop herself, before an audience of 10,759, with the legacy of her brother’s spent promise as a backdrop, dropped back, opened up her powerful forehand and sent that nettlesome yellow projectile careering past her opponent’s head, over the advertising placards and right into the gallery of spectators. No one was harmed save Safina herself, who was chastised by the umpire.

But next came the part she would attribute to luck. At the moment when her brother, who once broke 50 rackets in a season, might have started looking for the bottom, Safina instead settled in to take the second set, then the third. Serving hard, hustling and deploying mesmerizing drop shots, she went on to win the tournament in authoritative fashion.

Her victory, picked up on the way to representing Russia at the Olympic Games, extended to 27-3 a streak started at the German Open in May. There she had beaten top-ranked Justine Henin, who soon retired at 25. Had Henin seen a ghost? Such speculation made the rounds only as a joke, but Safina’s legend grew.

At Roland Garros, Safina knock out the newly top-ranked Maria Sharapova, clearing a path to the final. As spring gave way to summer, she appeared in five championship matches on three different surfaces. She won two titles in two weeks, no mean feat in a brutal hardcourt season that felled several contenders.

Heading into the United States Open, she won 15 matches in a row before losing in the gold medal match to her countrywoman Elena Dementieva at the Beijing Olympics. The seventh-ranked Safina, widely regarded as a promising junior who had failed to flower, seemed poised to emerge as a real threat in a field diminished by injuries.

“Since clay-court season, Berlin, she’s playing amazing,” said Victoria Azarenka, who fell to Safina in the semifinals in Montreal. “I think she’s just playing like a No. 1 player in the world.”

There had been a time all this was expected of her. With the twin blessings of height and power and the mixed one of a prominent tennis family, Safina made the Wimbledon junior finals in 2001. As a teenager, she secured four WTA titles.

Then she started making mistakes. She hurt her back. She failed to gain traction in the Grand Slam tournaments. Her development lagged behind the prodigious pace set by her brother, a United States Open winner who was ranked No. 1 at age 20 in 2000 — and no one was quicker to point that out than her brother.

“She has to make a lot of changes to compete with the top players,” Safin told reporters in 2005. “To be able to do that, she needs to be a little bit grown-up woman.”

Oh, to be advised to grow up by Marat Safin. But his assessment was not without merit. Safina was out of shape, failing to concentrate and sinking into the darker mold that destiny had made ready.

“She was living in his shadow,” said Zeljko Krajan, her coach. “And she wants to do better than that, but this is a very big shadow to come out of.”

In April, Safina hired a new fitness coach, Dejan Vojnovic, who like Krajan is from Croatia. A former long jumper, Vojnovic prescribed a course of endurance, speed and agility training, working up to weight lifting. All of Safina’s coaches counseled restraint on the court. And then some grand unknowable something propelled her onto the dominating run that has put the leading players in the world on notice.

“We’ve only started what I think she can be physically,” Vojnovic said.

In this charmed season, Safina’s serve has seemed to abide in the charged summer air while her entire frame tenses and then snaps closed like a trap. Her ground strokes quiver with power. Even her sense of discipline, the detail with the devil in it, has shown improvement. At a crucial moment in Montreal, she faulted away an advantage point only to roar alive on a second-serve ace.

But as she returns to the proving grounds of a Grand Slam event, Safina must still manage a tangled legacy.

“I had no choice but to become a tennis player, but I don’t mind being a tennis player,” she said.

In some ways, she has embraced her double-sided birthright. She has agreed to play mixed doubles with Safin for the first time at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, next year.

Her brother, for his part, has taken to sending congratulatory text messages. He has stopped giving advice, at least publicly. Safina said he held back privately as well. General differences between men’s and women’s tennis rendered such advice unhelpful, she offered by way of explanation.

“Many times, I would say to my brother, ‘You have great things,’ and he’d say to me, ‘You have me as a brother, just enjoy tennis,’ ” she said. “I always wanted to be myself, and now finally the results are coming, and people can know me as Dinara Safina.”

Curls
08-26-2008, 06:58 AM
:yeah: nice article ... davai Dinara .... can't wait for Hopman :banana::banana:

luxsword
08-26-2008, 09:19 AM
"Oh, to be advised to grow up by Marat Safin." :lol: :lol:

Pepi.
08-26-2008, 09:59 AM
Good luck today dinara :yeah:

Damita
08-26-2008, 12:30 PM
From WTA Forum:

" ...Ana(ivanovic) signed for more people before she left the court, but we thought it was VERY interesting that she and Dinara Safina did not acknowledge each other at all. No hello, no talking. Dinara clearly wasted no time flying into New York from Beijing, and my god is she a practice whore. Dinara is always hitting tennis balls, pretty much nonstop all day. Safina smiled a bit during practice but seemed grumpy for the most part...

....No one I hadn’t already seen on the stadiums in the morning, so I went to the practice courts early. Dinara Safina FINALLY signed for fans (my friend and I had been snubbed by her on Tuesday)...

...Next I watched some crabby Dinara practicing on one of the stadiums. Her attitude is becoming too much like her brother’s. I don’t remember Dinara being so intense in past tournaments. When I got her autograph at Miami 2007, she was very very friendly. But not this week at all. Has the recent success gotten to her head? Or is she putting extra pressure on herself to win this Slam? ...

...( the next day )We made our way over to the practice courts which featured a lot of the usual suspects (the practice whores who had been there all week, I think including Safina and Vaidisova). My friend later told me that when they left the court, neither Vaidisova nor Safina bothered to respond to any fans or sign for anyone....

...Oh, and back to Dinara. Earlier that afternoon my friend and I recognized her leaving the player’s building. Of course to practice some more, as always. She looked nice with her hair down, and I had been having a confident and aggressive day with players, so I cried, “Dinara! Dinara!” really loud. She looked at me and clearly heard me, but kept walking away. No interest in acknowledging my existence. .."

:haha:OMG :help:
I've seen her practicing several times in the past years and she's always been polite and nice to the fans as far as I could judge. It's true that she's very concentrated when she's at it, hitting the ball strongly, not really paying attention to the public around, not smiling much. She's focussed, that's all :shrug: But after that I've always seen her sign autographs for people asking her.

She probably felt the bad vibes coming from that poster. :worship: Reading this, you get the feeling it's a terrible disorder to practice. :smash::yeah:
and yes, it is a disorder. If people could win matches thanks to practice, we would have known by now :p

Tonight there would be questions about her temper, her rise on the global tennis stage, her efforts to contain the former in furtherance of the latter and, of course, the big daddy of them all, the great taboo, her older brother.:lol:

“Since clay-court season, Berlin, she’s playing amazing,” said Victoria Azarenka, who fell to Safina in the semifinals in Montreal. “I think she’s just playing like a No. 1 player in the world.”wait and see, wait and see! :bounce:

Oh, to be advised to grow up by Marat Safin. :spit:

“She was living in his shadow,” said Zeljko Krajan, her coach. “And she wants to do better than that, but this is a very big shadow to come out of.”Guess so.
Krajan :inlove: :worship:

Thanks a lot for this article :yeah: much better than the report from this WTA poster :rolleyes:

:yeah: nice article ... davai Dinara .... can't wait for Hopman :banana::banana:I'd like to go :crying2:

Damita
08-26-2008, 12:50 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v644/neenx3/IMG_8836.png

awww... look at that :inlove: ...does big brother approve :couple:hehe

In their Beijing quarters.

Youzhny looks like Gumy, the coach. Dima must have been blogging and once again, a Safin with their celfone :devil:

http://i38.tinypic.com/10xzoua.jpg:lol:
they look cute alltogether :)

BelgianWaffle
08-26-2008, 08:37 PM
"Oh, to be advised to grow up by Marat Safin." :lol: :lol:
Hehe, exactly :rolls:

Pepi.
08-27-2008, 12:49 AM
dinara won!

but.. 10 df :(

Damita
08-27-2008, 12:30 PM
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.


Q. Very nice start to your US Open campaign. Feel good today?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, it was difficult match, because I never ‑‑ I only saw her playing, and actually she was a good player, you know. So I was a little bit unexpected.
It was pretty windy today outside, so I'm still happy that I could play two sets and I win my match.


Q. You come in with great, great momentum; hardcourt season very successful for you. Just talk about arguably one of the hottest player coming in right now, at least in the assessment of many. Just talk about your sense of confidence and coming forward and what your goals and ambitions are here.
DINARA SAFINA: Um, about goals, I don't like to think that far, you know, because I know I like to take one match at a time because every opponent is dangerous.
Maybe today I went not 100% focused. I was a little bit achy, and it went straight 6‑3, 6‑4. I was struggling today on the court. It's important I go out there and give my 100% every day.

Well, I mean, I've been working really hard all the years. And, yes, maybe I didn't have the right people next to me, so I guess like all the work and I would say all the patience that I had, you know, not going down and some ups and downs and I still was staying positive, and now finally I've found a coach that he fits me, and fitness coach who is taking care of that I stay 100% shape. So I think just paying off, all my results.


Q. Marat, having won here before, how special would it be for you to equal his accomplishment in the same venue?
DINARA SAFINA: I don't know. I think this would be my dream come true. I don't know. This would be the most amazing thing that can happen.


Q. What did you and Marat fight about when you were little kids?
DINARA SAFINA: I would say he would, on the court, that I would behave like a baby and the crying and all this. He hated it. He was always like, Come on. You have to grow up in your mind. You cannot behave like this.
Mostly that he would give me advice like that. I just have to grow up in my mind. But it needed time, so...


Q. I actually meant at home. I didn't mean on the tennis court.
DINARA SAFINA: Ah, at home?


Q. Yeah.
DINARA SAFINA: Only thing that I was doing every time, messing the room and he had to clean everything. But that's okay.:p


Q. Would you ever tell him that he isn't the most adult person always on the court, either?
DINARA SAFINA: That's why he's telling like from my experience. I tell you, don't do this.


Q. Which sort of relationship do you have with your brother? Now you are one of the first players in the world. You are playing so well. You are champion. You, too. Which has changed between you?
DINARA SAFINA: Nothing changed. It doesn't need the results. It's family. Doesn't matter. That's why, you know, you have your family always next to you whenever you're up or down. They are the same. Nothing can change.


Q. What would you like to have about Marat, like tennis player or like human being?
DINARA SAFINA: When he plays his best, I would take everything what he has: his power, fighting spirit. I mean he reads the game very good, and when he plays he's the best everything. When he plays his worst game, then I don't need anything. (laughter.)


Q. Like human being, what do you think is his best quality?
DINARA SAFINA: Like what?


Q. Human being.
DINARA SAFINA: His best quality?
I think he's the person like he would be always next to you. Like whenever you need help he would be there. I can say like with us, family. You know, like whenever I was down or whatever, he ‑‑ I think he would prefer like to see me smiling.

I would say sometimes, I cannot feel anything on the court. He would say, If you would just stop it, just enjoy the life. For him, most important he sees me happy. So he will help with whatever he can. :)


Q. Where were you when he won here?
DINARA SAFINA: In Valencia.


Q. And were you at home or...
DINARA SAFINA: Well, Valencia. I was spending some time there. Actually I was not even watching, because we had not cable TV to watch that final. But we had some friends who were calling us and telling us the score.


Q. And how long was it before you were able to reach Marat after he won?
DINARA SAFINA: Maybe next day I spoke with him. I don't remember. It was so long time ago.


Q. Now that you have more success than him, is there advice you can give to him? And would he listen to your advice?
DINARA SAFINA: No, I better listen to his advice. I cannot ‑‑ yes, I have now success, but he was No. 1 in the world, so I still have to catch him up. He still can teach me many things in life.


Q. I was at a press conference of his last week in Los Angeles, and he said it used to be that I was her big brother. Now it's the opposite. Now it changed. Do you see it that way?
DINARA SAFINA: No.


Q. Now you're the one that's known more?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, but I'm still his younger sister. Doesn't matter. Because still I would walk and I would hear the crowds, saying, Oh, this is the sister of Marat. I think forever I'm going to be his little sister.


Q. Are you going to watch his match? He's about to play.
DINARA SAFINA: No, actually I'm not watching him unless I'm out of the tournament, because I get very tight watching him, and I still have practice, so...
(haha, we hear you! :lol:)


Q. We know something about the Marat girlfriends. We don't know anything about the Safina boyfriend. What you can say about that?
DINARA SAFINA: I don't speak about my private life.
:yeah: (Watch the video! I like her smile when she answers this question :aplot: lol)


Q. Have you guys ever had a sibling rivalry, or is it even more noticeable now that maybe you're having more success than he is? Has there ever been envy or jealousy between you?
DINARA SAFINA: Never, never. In our family this doesn't exist. We don't have this.


Q. What do your parents say to you about that? In order to not have that sibling rivalry, what have they said to you?
DINARA SAFINA: Whew, it's just the way we are. Like maybe ‑‑ the way they educated us, that ‑‑ I mean, I cannot even imagine be jealous of my brother. I would ‑‑ it's impossible.

It's because it's our family, and whatever. Success, it's the family success. I can't not even imagine it.


Q. Are you glad he's a brother and not a sister so you don't have to play him?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, I guess, but let's see, next year Hopman Cup how we're going to play mixed.


Q. It just came to my attention that we over here might be mispronouncing your name as ‑‑ would you like us to correct us?
DINARA SAFINA: I don't care. It's already Safina. But I'm Safina, normally. I'm used to it. I'm used to it. It doesn't matter.


Q. Do you think you lost at the Olympics because you were tired? That was the reason?
DINARA SAFINA: You know, you can find many excuses. She was better that day. Yes, after you can say, yes, I was tired, or this.
But if you are tired, don't go on the court. So she was just better that day. I give her all the credit.


Q. She said yesterday that it's been very difficult for her to focus right now on this tournament, that Sunday night she watched the closing ceremonies. She said in a lot of ways her heart still felt like she was in Beijing. This has been a very difficult transition for her. Have you had any of that similar‑type experience?
DINARA SAFINA: No. Actually, I didn't even watch the closing ceremony. Somehow, I don't know, I came, I played and I left. I didn't maybe even get to feel this Olympic or, I don't know. It was just, okay, come and go.
I flew straight from China to here, so somehow slowly I got this atmosphere. But today on the court I was like, it's a Grand Slam, but I'm not even nervous. It was like, this is strange, because normally before the Grand Slam you're very tight. Like even Olympics first round I was really nervous, and today I was completely not feeling so on the court, like not nervous on the court.


Q. What do you attribute that to, though? You're just feeling very comfortable right now?
DINARA SAFINA: No, I guess I have to change a little in my mind and to prepare better. I don't know. Because it's better that I feel a little bit nervous than completely without any feelings inside.


Q. Compared to last year, have you lost weight?
DINARA SAFINA: You can see.


Q. I don't know. I ask.
DINARA SAFINA: If you think I lost some, I guess I lost.


Q. You don't know?
DINARA SAFINA: I did lost.


Q. You're both playing your opening matches today. Is this a significant day for the family?
DINARA SAFINA: I guess for the parents who are following on TV. For me, I'm used to it.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

I thought it was not very bright to ask her about losing weight. I mean, she's a sportswoman, of course her weight is important and it's known by everyone and discussed etc, but asking her directly about it... :rolleyes:
She's a girl, and she's 22. Do they know many 22yo girls who are ok to discuss their weight? with strangers even? hellooooooo. Even to mean she looks fitter, it's not very bright. I thought this question could only came from a man :o and I checked the video, yes of course it was from a man :p:angel: lol

coolness
08-27-2008, 12:39 PM
I thought it was not very bright to ask her about losing weight. I mean, she's a sportswoman, of course her weight is important and it's known by everyone and discussed etc, but asking her directly about it... :rolleyes:
She's a girl, and she's 22. Do they know many 22yo girls who are ok to discuss their weight? with strangers even? hellooooooo. Even to mean she looks fitter, it's not very bright. I thought this question could only came from a man :o and I checked the video, yes of course it was from a man :p:angel: lol

Yes, I saw the video and Dinara got really embarrassed answering that question, I think she was blushing. Its kinda sad, they seem to forget that she's a young lady underneath that tough exterior.

Damita
08-27-2008, 12:47 PM
Yes, I saw the video and Dinara got really embarrassed answering that question, I think she was blushing. Its kinda sad, they seem to forget that she's a young lady underneath that tough exterior.Exactly. I mean, it's one thing writing in an article that she looks thinner etc, and it's another thing to ask her in a room full of people "did you lose weight?". Really showing no tact here.
And I think she handles it quite well. She looks embarrassed, which you can tell by her answers as well, but she smiles. I'm not sure I would have smiled at the guy. (pretty sure I wouldn't have actually! :ras:)

mer
08-27-2008, 12:50 PM
Q. Yeah.
DINARA SAFINA: Only thing that I was doing every time, messing the room and he had to clean everything. But that's okay.
:lol:

coolness
08-27-2008, 12:56 PM
:lol:

LOL! I think Dinara has always been the baby in the family. It took her a long time to be independent from her family esp her mom. And she insist that she will always be known as the younger sister of Marat, doesnt want to get rid of that identity, :)

luxsword
08-27-2008, 01:13 PM
The weight stuff is nothing compared to the number of questions about Marat. I mean, players wieght is on all players' page and I guess if they updated it like once in their career, they would be no question about it. I suppose they could have just asked about how much work she put on her fitness or sth, though, ofc.
But the Marat stuff seems to get longer as Dinara's making her own name. it's really pathetic. Kudos to her for putting with it this well.

mer
08-27-2008, 01:19 PM
But the Marat stuff seems to get longer as Dinara's making her own name.
It's understandable. In the past they asked her about Marat because they just wanted to get some insider info about him. Now when she's doing so great they ask these questions because they want more details on "siblings story" which sells better than Dinara or Marat story alone.

coolness
08-27-2008, 01:25 PM
It's understandable. In the past they asked her about Marat because they just wanted to get some insider info about him. Now when she's doing so great they ask these questions because they want more details on "siblings story" which sells better than Dinara or Marat story alone.

The " siblings story " does have an appeal especially in the case of Marat and Dinara because you seldom see a brother/sister who are successful in tennis.

And I think it also applies to the "family theme" of the UsOpen now.
Hmmm, perhaps this is a good sign for the Russian siblings :angel:

coolness
08-27-2008, 01:47 PM
More Siblings Articles:

Kid sister a serious playerBy Bud Collins

NEW YORK - Tolstoy would have loved her. Count Leo Tolstoy, the Russian scribbler, would have loved this US Open, too, because he was one of the first tennis nuts in his country. Had his own tennis court. Played avidly. And, were he here, would be surrounded by strong-armed countrywomen.

Seventeen of them, for Lenin's sake, infiltrating, seeking the US Championship, for which only 15 Americans were eligible (but only two of them with a chance, Venus and Serena).

I think Tolstoy would have singled out 22-year-old Dinara Safina because she has the best story. Kid sister of the 2000 champion, Marat Safin. Shipped out from Moscow at age 12 to Spain. Strange country. Strange language. Knowing no one. Valencia, where the oranges come from - and good tennis players. Following the route of big brother Marat, she fit right in - "It wasn't hard," she says with a shrug - tuned up her game, and became a touring pro.

Mama, Raouza Islanova, a teaching professional, thought it would be character-building for her kids. She didn't want Marat's pals calling him a mama's boy if she continued coaching him. It worked for big brother and for little sister later (so being a 6-footer is "little"?).

"Forever, I'll always be his little sister," she says, leaning forward in her chair, auburn hair pulled back, hazel eyes gleaming. She has a dream "that would be the most amazing thing that can happen."

She means this family double: sister and brother holding majors. Never has happened. Marat has two, Australia 2005, plus the US.

Now is it her turn?

Well, this female US Open looks like a delightful mess that nobody can win. Or anybody. Extraordinarily, the No. 1 ranking, held shakily by Serb Ana Ivanovic, can be grabbed by any one of four others - whoever bags the title: No. 2 Jelena Jankovic, No. 3 Serena Williams, No. 6 Olympic champ Elena Dementieva, or No. 7 Safina. But don't forget No. 8 Venus Williams, ever a contender. (No. 5 Maria Sharapova is hurt. Defender Justine Henin has bugged out, leaving the rest to scrap for her crown.)

Tolstoy would pick Safina, as being much like the heroic Natasha in his "War and Peace," and he would forgive her for being unable to finish that book. Who has?

"But I tried," she says, and did read "Anna Karenina," whose heroine's serve was broken at the end.

As a player who tries, Safina has few equals. And lately she has outdone big brother, he 37 lengths behind at No. 44.

On a beautiful afternoon, the two of them served up a war and peace scenario. Dinara was on first, and felt so peaceful in beating an American 16-year-old, Kristie Ahn, 6-3, 6-4, she couldn't believe it. Usually, she says, she is "very tight, nervous," in starting a major. "It's better that way," she adds. "But I flew straight from China, so somehow slowly I got into this atmosphere."

China meant the Olympics, where she silver-medaled to compatriot Dementieva. For Safina, who delivered a memorable backhand down the line to snatch a match point from Sharapova on the way to the French final, the Beijing defeat was the lone loss in her last 17 starts. A powerful baseliner, she ran up a 15-match streak by winning Los Angeles and the Canadian Open en route to the narrowly lost Olympic final, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Later came the war as big brother cursed court officials while slipping past Floridian Vince Spadea, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

"If my sister does everything opposite me, she will be No. 1 for a long time," said Marat later, with a chuckle. He was No. 1 himself for a while in 2000.

We all know that the irrepressible Headless Horseman, who can laugh at himself, is at times truculent. It so happened that serving at 4-5, deuce, in the fourth set, he was called for a foot fault on the second serve, thus a double fault to set point. He sat down, refused to play, saying naughty things to the umpire and line judge who called it. The referee, Brian Early, appeared, insisted that he play. So they continued. Safin lost the next point, the set. "But I pulled myself together in the fifth," he says.

A plus, instead of sulking: Safin probably disappointed a few customers by not indulging in a specialty: racket obliteration. His long harangue to reporters amounted to, "They say rules are rules . . . stupid rules somebody made in, I don't know, 1850 . . . it's like talking to walls . . . you are supposed to be warned before being called a foot fault."

Wrong. He was issued a warning for audible obscenity (a beauty), and will be fined.

Anyway, Safina says, "the important thing in tennis is terenic - patience. You work so hard and nothing good happens. You have to be patient." She must tell Marat.

"Why so many of us [Russians] here?" she says. "We push each other while we're growing up."

"Sibling rivalry?" she says of big bro, six years the elder. "Never. He helped. If I would behave like a baby on the court, crying, he was always like, 'Come on, you have to grow up. You have to grow up in your mind.' "

She shakes her head, talking of passing him in the rankings. "Nothing changed. It doesn't need results. It's family. Doesn't matter. Jealousy? In our family, doesn't exist."

Did she watch Marat's match? "Oh, no, I get too tight. I don't watch unless I'm out of the tournament."

Tolstoy would have watched, looking for a fiery character he could model after Marat.

coolness
08-27-2008, 01:49 PM
Im sure we'll be reading more articles like these if Marat and Dinara can go deeper in the draw.:lol:

Damita
08-27-2008, 01:54 PM
The weight stuff is nothing compared to the number of questions about Marat. I mean, players wieght is on all players' page and I guess if they updated it like once in their career, they would be no question about it. I suppose they could have just asked about how much work she put on her fitness or sth, though, ofc.
But the Marat stuff seems to get longer as Dinara's making her own name. it's really pathetic. Kudos to her for putting with it this well.As I said, I know their weight is no secret, and as they're sports people it plays a role in their performances and hence it's normal that journalists sometimes discuss it in articles. We as fans did that here too. But asking her directly is different. She's a young woman, they know nothing about her private life and her self-representation, her self-confidence, and if weight is a touchy subject or not. Sorry if it sounds like a cliché, but it's quite a women thing to worry about weight etc. And it's very important to most women of her age. So asking her straight if she lost weight when they don't know her in private and how she could react to this is a bit idiotic and tactless IMO. Indeed, asking her about the exercise she may have done lately with the new fitness coach would have been a better and more subtle way to get an answer.

And I agree about the Marat-related questions, but what else is new? She's the youngest of the 2, he became famous earlier, he became successful earlier. She's been "Marat Safin's little sis" for a while and will remain it too :shrug: The questions have always existed, they'll continue.
And as Irina said, they used to be Marat but now that they both are/have been successful the questions are more about the siblings story. Which is why they now also ask him about his little sister.
But really that's not something completely new on the principle :shrug:

And yes, she's being very patient. I think the fact that she really loves him and also have a lot of respect for him as a player helps a lot here. Because if their relationship wasn't that good I guess she would have gone crazy ages ago with all these questions about him!

Damita
08-27-2008, 02:02 PM
Im sure we'll be reading more articles like these if Marat and Dinara can go deeper in the draw.:lol:
thanks for the article :)

coolness
08-29-2008, 02:54 PM
There is no such thing as coincidence.

Did you know that when Marat won the Usopen 2000 , he was ranked 7th and seeded 6th?

Are you aware that Dinara is now ranked 7th and is seeded 6th too?

Just wanna share this info, maybe keep it to ourselves here ( avoiding jinx esp from haters :tape: ) and we'll see what happens in the next few days .:angel:

Mrs. Fabregas
08-29-2008, 09:15 PM
:bounce: :woohoo: :banana: DAVAI DINA :rocker2:

She indeed has all it takes to get that number 1 spot.... Go take it!!

coolness
08-30-2008, 02:17 PM
Watch this new video, Dinara having fun with the cute Chef.
And oh yes, she has her brother's charm ;)

The Mag: In the Kitchen With Dinara Safina (http://video.aol.com/partner/espn/the-mag-in-the-kitchen-with-dinara-safina/3559511)

yarina
08-30-2008, 02:43 PM
Watch this new video, Dinara having fun with the cute Chef.
And oh yes, she has her brother's charm ;)

The Mag: In the Kitchen With Dinara Safina (http://video.aol.com/partner/espn/the-mag-in-the-kitchen-with-dinara-safina/3559511)

thanks for this, she's very sweet, very natural.

maratsmaiden
08-30-2008, 02:54 PM
thanks for this, she's very sweet, very natural.

she's adorable... :)

maybe her brother needs to hire her coach/fitness instructor to instill some discipline...

Damita
08-30-2008, 03:26 PM
There is no such thing as coincidence.

Did you know that when Marat won the Usopen 2000 , he was ranked 7th and seeded 6th?

Are you aware that Dinara is now ranked 7th and is seeded 6th too?

Just wanna share this info, maybe keep it to ourselves here ( avoiding jinx esp from haters :tape: ) and we'll see what happens in the next few days .:angel::speakles: shush! :tape:

Watch this new video, Dinara having fun with the cute Chef.
And oh yes, she has her brother's charm ;)

The Mag: In the Kitchen With Dinara Safina (http://video.aol.com/partner/espn/the-mag-in-the-kitchen-with-dinara-safina/3559511)awww lovely :D
salty food, eh? :aplot:

What's the next episode? this time she will show the Chef what to do on a tennis court? :p

PennyThePenguin
08-30-2008, 03:28 PM
sweeeet.... yeah, I was going to talk about the salty food :p I should learn from these people...all protein day...no carbs!!! :sobbing: will NEVER happen

Damita
08-30-2008, 03:44 PM
sweeeet.... yeah, I was going to talk about the salty food :p I should learn from these people...all protein day...no carbs!!! :sobbing: will NEVER happenI was telling Gab and Milan that I never use salt when cooking. I'm dead inside :awww:



:p

PennyThePenguin
08-30-2008, 03:50 PM
I was telling Gab and Milan that I never use salt when cooking. I'm dead inside :awww:



:p

so empty...so empty...like my bank account :o there was this glitch in the system so the online account tracker didn't show one of my purchases (the most expensive one) and I somehow forgot about it as well so I was happy that I had waaaay more money than I thought I had, but of course I thought correctly and I really have waaaaay less than I thought I had

BelgianWaffle
08-31-2008, 10:23 AM
sweeeet.... yeah, I was going to talk about the salty food :p I should learn from these people...all protein day...no carbs!!! :sobbing: will NEVER happen
I know!! Last week I tried to fit into my skinny jeans and it was so tight I took it off immediately :sobbing:

So technically I'm dieting right now (well, if you don't count the pitta I had at midnight last night :o )

flower14
08-31-2008, 10:28 AM
Good Job girl.

Dinara would have to play really really good against Anna. Anna has been playing amazing tennis.

I am not too big fan on her pink out fit. I like what she had on in olympics. and also Not big fan of those COME ONs after every point :)

nisha
08-31-2008, 10:51 AM
shes really sweet

PennyThePenguin
08-31-2008, 03:37 PM
she scared me there at the beginnnng of that match. *shakes head*

Mrs. Fabregas
08-31-2008, 04:13 PM
salty food, eh? :aplot


:aplot: Salty food indeed *off to buy another few kilo's of salt :angel:*



sweeeet.... yeah, I was going to talk about the salty food
I should learn from these people...all protein day...no carbs!!! :sobbing will NEVER happen

:hug: I know how you feel, it's impossible to live like that :shrug:


I was telling Gab and Milan that I never use salt when cooking. I'm dead inside :awww:


:awww: :hug:

so empty...so empty...like my bank account :o there was this glitch in the system so the online account tracker didn't show one of my purchases (the most expensive one) and I somehow forgot about it as well so I was happy that I had waaaay more money than I thought I had, but of course I thought correctly and I really have waaaaay less than I thought I had

:smooch: what kind of purchase?? something :inlove: cuz then it's worth it, right :cool:?

I know!! Last week I tried to fit into my skinny jeans and it was so tight I took it off immediately :sobbing

So technically I'm dieting right now (well, if you don't count the pitta I had at midnight last night )

Buy a new pair of jeans :p, you know, you're not really sexy in a skinny jeans with a total blue skin cuz of the lack of bloodflow :p

And :drool: pitta :lick: ... Those are not that bad, right :unsure: if you leave the garlic sauce and the cheese away :unsure:

PennyThePenguin
08-31-2008, 04:35 PM
uhm. my tv and printer

Mrs. Fabregas
08-31-2008, 06:52 PM
uhm. my tv and printer

:shrug: Very nesscesary stuff :(, but good though, right??

BelgianWaffle
08-31-2008, 09:44 PM
Buy a new pair of jeans :p, you know, you're not really sexy in a skinny jeans with a total blue skin cuz of the lack of bloodflow :p
Dude! You're so in DENIAL! Buying bigger sizes of pants doesn't make the problem go away, which is to lose 5 kg. But it's ok, I got it all figured out. :p I always lose about 3 kg when I'm on holiday, especially in a hot climate. The rest of it is just staying off the late night snacks, which I'm getting quite good at since I live on my own. :o
Besides, I got all these fabulous clothes, how would it make them feel if they just had to hang in my closet :awww: ;)

And :drool: pitta :lick: ... Those are not that bad, right :unsure: if you leave the garlic sauce and the cheese away :unsure:
:tape: Guess what sauce I had last night. :p

I don't know about any cheese, they don't put that on a pitta here. There were fries inside of it though. :lick:

PS Sorry about the :topic:
PPS Cute video with Dinara, it made me smile. And I can't believe she never has coffee or tea, only water. It makes me sad. :awww: :p
PPPS Also, thanks to Russian cooking rules I now understand I have to make some basic changes in the kitchen. More salt = more love! :yeah:

Mrs. Fabregas
08-31-2008, 10:08 PM
Dude! You're so in DENIAL! Buying bigger sizes of pants doesn't make the problem go away, which is to lose 5 kg. But it's ok, I got it all figured out. I always lose about 3 kg when I'm on holiday, especially in a hot climate. The rest of it is just staying off the late night snacks, which I'm getting quite good at since I live on my own.
Besides, I got all these fabulous clothes, how would it make them feel if they just had to hang in my closet :awww


:woohoo: :banana: for figuring it out, Waffle ... sounds like a :yeah: plan, though losing 5kg and then being all tired and feeling not strong enough to go out and show the clothings the outside world is not good too :awww: but at least the clothings got out of their closet :p


:tape Guess what sauce I had last night.

I don't know about any cheese, they don't put that on a pitta here. There were fries inside of it though. :lick

:speakles: You don't have a pitta cheese there :awww: that's so bad for you, but the fries sound very :drool: as well :lick:


PPS Cute video with Dinara, it made me smile. And I can't believe she never has coffee or tea, only water. It makes me sad. :awww
PPPS Also, thanks to Russian cooking rules I now understand I have to make some basic changes in the kitchen. More salt = more love! :yeah

I know :awww: especially since i am a coffee addict, i will never understand and it makes it even more clear that i will never become a tennisplayes :sad:

:haha: about the salt :p, but :awww: i only have it in the kitchen, i never add it in the cooking, :scratch: should that work as well :devil:

BelgianWaffle
08-31-2008, 10:18 PM
:woohoo: :banana: for figuring it out, Waffle ... sounds like a :yeah: plan, though losing 5kg and then being all tired and feeling not strong enough to go out and show the clothings the outside world is not good too :awww: but at least the clothings got out of their closet :p
At least I will faint glamourous ;)


I know :awww: especially since i am a coffee addict, i will never understand and it makes it even more clear that i will never become a tennisplayes :sad:
Hehe, coffee rules! :rocker:

:haha: about the salt :p, but :awww: i only have it in the kitchen, i never add it in the cooking, :scratch: should that work as well :devil:
Well duh, obviously for it to work you have to actually use it. (otherwise I could just lose those 5kg watching a very long tennis match :p )

I'm not too keen on salt though. I won't go as far as eating saltless bread (yuck) but I never use it in my cooking. My mom didn't either, I was just raised that way. Oftentimes when I go out to a restaurant I find the food (especially soup) way too salty for my liking.

PennyThePenguin
08-31-2008, 11:08 PM
PPPS Also, thanks to Russian cooking rules I now understand I have to make some basic changes in the kitchen. More salt = more love! :yeah:

blood pressure rising much? :p

i'm not a huge salt fan either :lol:

Mrs. Fabregas
09-01-2008, 01:23 AM
At least I will faint glamourous ;)

:yeah: :cool:




Hehe, coffee rules! :rocker:

:rocker2: indeed: Me a day without coffee -> :crazy:



Well duh, obviously for it to work you have to actually use it. (otherwise I could just lose those 5kg watching a very long tennis match :p )

:scratch: I thought the salt was for the more love :aplot: in your life :p but it would be so :banana: if watching tennis would cause that effect, man ... after a GS i would weigh -50 kg :haha:

coolness
09-01-2008, 03:11 AM
Yeah, its kinda sad because I love coffee.

YOu think Marat doesnt drink coffee, too?

Damita
09-01-2008, 08:38 AM
PPS Cute video with Dinara, it made me smile. And I can't believe she never has coffee or tea, only water. It makes me sad. :awww: :p



I know :awww: especially since i am a coffee addict, i will never understand and it makes it even more clear that i will never become a tennisplayes :sad:
Why? it all depends whether she likes coffee or not. If she doesn't then it's not a big sacrifice. I absolutely hate coffee. I hate the smell or the taste of it, which means I won't eat a cake with coffee, or chocolates with coffee inside, or coffee flavoured ice-cream, etc. And tea I drink sometimes but that's very rare, I'm not too fond of it either. I bring a bottle of water at work, and drink tea with everyone only occasionally. Nothing sad :p So it just really depends on her tastes and her habits :shrug:

I'm not too keen on salt though. I won't go as far as eating saltless bread (yuck) but I never use it in my cooking. My mom didn't either, I was just raised that way. Oftentimes when I go out to a restaurant I find the food (especially soup) way too salty for my liking.Same here. I never use any in my cooking, and I never add any in my plate. And there are a lot of restaurants where I avoid some dishes on the menu cuz I know they always put a big quantity of salt in them :rolleyes: like this restaurant near my work, it's always full so when we're in a hurry we order the basic things, aka French fries :p, but I tend to avoid those cuz they're way too salty. yuk

Saumon
09-01-2008, 09:47 AM
Yeah, its kinda sad because I love coffee.

YOu think Marat doesnt drink coffee, too?

Marat is a coffee addict. (see his Moscow blog (http://www.atptennis.com/en/blog/2006/safin.asp))

When I got up I had corn flakes and coffee, I had no energy to cook anything.
I met again with friends for dinner and we went to a different Japanese restaurant and then we had coffee in the centre near Hermitage Park, where they have a club, a couple of restaurants and an old wooden house where they have a nice place where you can drink tea or coffee.
Sunday I had the same breakfast by myself and then had one more coffee at the Olympic Stadium and some blinis (Russian pancakes) with sour cream and jam. I ate about 10, as I was afraid that there would be none after my practice!
We had some good food and coffee and talked the same b------t as always.
I had a couple of coffees with my parents and my sister and my mum told me all the inside family information. I felt very much like Tony Soprano and I liked it pretty much.
http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/shared/2006/other/safin_blog4.jpg
and then to finish the day on a good note, have tea :eek:;) with my friends.
So we got to the club. I drink three coffees because I couldn't open my eyes. I warmed up with Alex. After 10 minutes I started to feel bad because I drank espresso on an empty stomach and I felt pretty electric.
So I was waiting, eating and drinking coffee.
I slept and then drank another couple of coffees. I ate again and drank again. Basically, my stomach was like an aquarium. A mixture of pasta, soup, Russian blinis, jam, coffee, tea, peach juice so you can imagine how I was going to look after a few hours.


I had forgotten how hilarious that blog was btw. It's good to read it again. :worship:
After today’s match, I did press and signed around 5,000 million autographs so I could perfect my signature. :p A lot of kids coming, running up with balls. At least kids here they know who I am. For example at some of the tournaments like in Cincinnati or Montreal, they come up and don’t even know who you are. They then ask, “Excuse me. Who are you?” I always use the name Roger Federer. For sure they know Roger. Then they ask, “Yeah, sure, who are you?” So I am still using his name. :lol:

nisha
09-01-2008, 10:53 AM
Marats teeth also give away his fondness for coffee :lol:

Damita
09-01-2008, 10:55 AM
so true :o

Mrs. Fabregas
09-01-2008, 08:58 PM
Marat is a coffee addict. (see his Moscow blog (http://www.atptennis.com/en/blog/2006/safin.asp))

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/shared/2006/other/safin_blog4.jpg


:D I might buy him a cup of coffee then at the Olympiski stadium :D

Marats teeth also give away his fondness for coffee :lol:

:tape:






Buuuuuut ...... :banana: :bounce: :dance: Back to Dinara :yippee:


:rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: Dina is in the fourth round :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

Defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5 6-0 :woohoo: and now will face Flavia Penetta .... DAVAI DINA :smooch:

BelgianWaffle
09-01-2008, 09:15 PM
lol Gab @ all the quotes. He sure drinks a lot of coffee :lol:

flower14
09-01-2008, 09:33 PM
DINARA!!! That was ok first set. GOOD job in second.

Stay focus in QF!!

Lets go girl. Lets do it!!!

flower14
09-01-2008, 09:37 PM
I am BIG coffee and tea lover. But you have to take care of your teeth very much if you drink a lot of coffee. Thats why i brush my teeth about 3-4 times a day ( with organic tooth paste ofcourse)

Marat has teeth where you can tell looking that he either smokes or drinks a lot of coffee. :)

Saumon
09-01-2008, 09:42 PM
Marat has teeth where you can tell looking that he either smokes or drinks a lot of coffee. :)

or both :p

BelgianWaffle
09-01-2008, 09:46 PM
Why? it all depends whether she likes coffee or not. If she doesn't then it's not a big sacrifice. I absolutely hate coffee. I hate the smell or the taste of it, which means I won't eat a cake with coffee, or chocolates with coffee inside, or coffee flavoured ice-cream, etc. And tea I drink sometimes but that's very rare, I'm not too fond of it either. I bring a bottle of water at work, and drink tea with everyone only occasionally. Nothing sad :p So it just really depends on her tastes and her habits :shrug:
;) I don't think she would mention it if she really didn't like it. Like when someone would ask me the same, I'd never say 'I don't eat cheese' because I absolutely hate cheese and for me it's a given that I don't eat it.
:scratch: I hope I explained that properly.

nisha
09-01-2008, 11:23 PM
I am BIG coffee and tea lover. But you have to take care of your teeth very much if you drink a lot of coffee. Thats why i brush my teeth about 3-4 times a day ( with organic tooth paste ofcourse)

Marat has teeth where you can tell looking that he either smokes or drinks a lot of coffee. :)

ive heard he smokes but how can that be possible if your an athlete?

coolness
09-02-2008, 01:05 AM
I

Marat has teeth where you can tell looking that he either smokes or drinks a lot of coffee. :)

Not so much for coffee you get that color, its more from smoking.


BTW, well done Dinara!!!
Good luck in the next round.

PennyThePenguin
09-02-2008, 02:38 AM
dinara rocks!!! :rocker: :rocker:

coolness
09-02-2008, 06:26 AM
Good job, Coach Krajan :yeah:

The Star-Ledger Sports News

How's this for a Knute Rockne speech? Zeljko Krajan, Dinara Safina's coach, told his exhausted player before she went on court that if she wanted to just go through the motions and tank the match, well, then, it was okay with him.

The result? Safina cruised to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over German Anna-Lena Groenefeld, breezing past the qualifier in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

"My coach said, 'Just go out there and if you want to just hit -- no, he say if you want you can tank," Safina said. "Well, once I go on court, I'm not going to tank."

Not even close, and now she will play the Italian Flavia Pennetta in the quarterfinals.

But before yesterday's match, Safina was in tears following her morning practice session, so distraught over her increasing fatigue. The No. 6 seed, who surged into the tournament after reaching the finals in six of her past seven tournaments, said she was on the verge of total exhaustion.

"Honestly, I didn't expect that I was going to win because I was just so exhausted," the Russian said. "After the warm-up I just started to cry. I said, 'I cannot push myself any more.' He said, 'We know you are not a machine.'"

Krajan also seemed to be weary of Safina's drama, at least according to her.

"He told me again, 'Just please don't show me any emotions, like these negative emotions,'" she recalled. "'If you want, don't show even positive. Just go on the court and do whatever you can this day. If it's 20 percent left from your body, give us 20 percent.'"

That's great stuff, reminiscent of Gene Hackman's character in "Hoosiers." They should replay Krajan's speech on the scoreboard at Shea Stadium when anyone wants to get a rally going.

"Come on guys, just go out and tank if you want. It's okay with me. Go out there and give us 20 percent!"

PennyThePenguin
09-02-2008, 06:35 AM
ahhhh...so the word was TANK. the transcript on the USO site's wonky.

Q. Was it good to have a relatively short match, an easy match, considering this is such a long tournament?

DINARA SAFINA: Yeah, especially today. Honestly, going on the court I didn't expect that I'm going to win because I was just so exhausted.

I finish the warm‑up and I just said, I cannot push anymore myself. Then suddenly I started to warm up before the match, just to get warm, and I was like, Okay, I'm starting to feel better.

My coach said, Just go out there, and if you want like just hit. No, he say if you want you can think. Well, once I go on court, I'm not going to think.

So I just went on court and said, Okay, I'm going to try what I can do today. And slowly I started to feel like, okay, like I still can push myself.

And then I just ‑‑ today I really happy that I won. Doesn't matter, like maybe I didn't play my best, but that I went through. This was the most important, because now I have one day off, and hopefully I can be 100% for my next one.


Q. Are you learning about how to conduct yourself in those long tournaments at the Grand Slams, maybe going to bed early or eating at different times?

DINARA SAFINA: No. I mean, I always have the same routine. I always go early to bed. I mean, at 9:30 I'm already in the hotel room, so nobody will see me later than this.

Dinner, every time at 7:30, so it's always the same routine.


Q. I know a year ago you were talking about how you were suffering from chronic fatigue. Have you changed your diet at all to help your game?

DINARA SAFINA: No. Now I'm taking much more care about the food. This is the most important thing for me now.

I know what I can eat and what I cannot eat and when and what, so I'm taking really good care of it.


Q. Can we clarify what your coach told you before?

DINARA SAFINA: No. I mean, after the match ‑‑ after the warm‑up I just started to cry. I said, I cannot push anymore myself. He said, We know that you're not a machine. Just go out there and don't thinking.

He told me again, Just please don't show me any emotions, like these negative emotions. If you want, don't show even positive. Just go on the court and do whatever you can this day.

If it's 20% left from your body, just give this 20%. Don't use another percent just throwing the balls around and shouting.

He said, Whatever you have, just try to concentrate and put it into the game. So that's what I did today.


Q. Were you really crying?

DINARA SAFINA: Ask my coach. I could not stop from crying, yeah. So I guess he knows how to handle my emotions.


Q. Neither of you kind of served well the first set, and it took a couple of set points to finally win the first set. You had such an incredible summer, do you think you mentally basically improved in surviving to win the matches you're supposed to win?

DINARA SAFINA: I think I'm much ‑‑ as I've said, like I grew up I think a lot in the mind. A year ago I would not be able to do these kind of things. I would already ‑‑ maybe even the match before against Baczinsky I would already lose. But somehow I started like to control better myself.

I mean, of course, like as you have a trust in the coach, you know, so ‑‑ and, you know, he understands me and I understand him, so that's why somehow it's easier that I can express my emotions.

Because not many maybe coaches, they want to hear that like you are tired. Or maybe they will not believe you that you are tired. They will say, No, this is excuse because you don't want to lose.

He's like, I don't need excuse that you don't want to lose. Of course if I'll go on court I'll want to win. Through these like talking I try to kind of empty myself. Like, Okay, I don't have anything like that is bothering me inside. So I just go out there and try to focus only on the ball.


Q. You obviously won the US Open Series. Did amazing in Beijing. Do you almost see yourself as a potential favorite for this tournament?

DINARA SAFINA: I mean, so many good players now still playing, so I really ‑‑ you know, I just want to concentrate on myself and just one match at a time and doesn't matter.


Q. Do you think about the No. 1? Because I guess if you get to the final and the right scenario is there you could be No. 1.

DINARA SAFINA: Me and the rest of the ‑‑ who is going to be there also. It's open. Really, it's not only me. Right now Dementieva is playing really good tennis. She's also one to watch. Williams sisters and Jankovic. Whoever left in the draw has chance. Let's see who really deserve that spot.


Q. You've had so many success this summer. Does it seem like you've been playing forever? The hard court season is pretty hard on people, plus going China to play.

DINARA SAFINA: Not really. But I don't know, sometimes you ‑‑ wherever you come you feel like, I think I'm already here for one year. Like really, I don't know. It feels like you come somewhere and you're already like you know everything and you stay here like already one year. So I don't know.


Q. The Williams sisters, not so good at the French and fantastic at Wimbledon, and not so good at the Olympics. How do you have any idea how they're going to play here and what to expect from them?

DINARA SAFINA: I mean, of course, behind the crowd, you know, that's what motivates them. That's what they're playing for. They love playing here and they love the crowd.

They're really enjoying playing US Open. They are always very dangerous here.


Q. But they haven't played very well here. Especially Venus played much better at Wimbledon. Neither one has been in the finals for six years.

DINARA SAFINA: Well, there is always first time for everything in life.


Q. Looking ahead to the Fed Cup, the final against Spain, do you think you're going to be playing?

DINARA SAFINA: No, I'm not playing Fed Cup.


Q. Can you explain why you're not playing?

DINARA SAFINA: I think myself and my body is much more important than just go out there and just force yourself.

I mean, when you're having so many travels ‑‑ I also flew in States to China, from China back to States. Body is very sensitive in these kind of things, so I better take care of myself and prepare for the rest of the season.

And then maybe it force myself ‑‑ I think they're playing on clay court, and really doesn't fit anywhere in my schedule.

In this case, I will think a little bit more about myself.


Q. What are thinking about when the US Open is finally over? Is there something you want to do, sleep or lie on the beach, sit in a cafe?

DINARA SAFINA: Not much, because I have Tokyo. So try to get as much rest. Not going to be many days, but just to recover. I guess to enjoy a little bit, because when you play ‑‑ like stress on the match takes so many energy, so I will be one week, five days. I will try to enjoying as much as every day and get ready for the next tournament.


Q. Looking ahead you might play Amélie next in the quarterfinals.

DINARA SAFINA: She's a set down.


Q. You played her couple years ago and you lost in that the quarterfinal. Do you feel like you have a little bit of a mental edge this time if she does come through?

DINARA SAFINA: I don't care. I think I don't know. Still I have to see who is the winner, so I don't to think it is going to be Amélie when Pennetta is going to win.


Q. There are only two Russian women left in the draw, which is the lowest total of all the Grand Slams this year. Do you have any thoughts on why that's happening at this tournament?

DINARA SAFINA: I don't know. I really don't follow. Actually, when you said it's only two left I think, and really it's only two left. I really don't follow the draw. Maybe next tournament going to be more girls. I don't know; I don't care.


Q. Through all the success this summer, what has been your happiest day? Has it been a match or has it been going shopping?

DINARA SAFINA: Happiest day? Every day is a happy day. Why it has to be? Doesn't matter. When you wake up it's already happy.


Q. Marat obviously won his first Grand Slam here at the Open. How much would it mean to make it your first one, too?

DINARA SAFINA: I already answered this 100 times. It will be the dream come true.



i like her answer to the last question :angel:

Deea
09-02-2008, 08:29 AM
Awww poor Dina, she really seems tired :hug: hope she'll get a longer rest after this USO 'cause she needs it and definetly deserves it :yeah:

Damita
09-02-2008, 09:01 AM
;) I don't think she would mention it if she really didn't like it. Like when someone would ask me the same, I'd never say 'I don't eat cheese' because I absolutely hate cheese and for me it's a given that I don't eat it.
:scratch: I hope I explained that properly.:scratch: that's what I do :shrug:

ive heard he smokes but how can that be possible if your an athlete?A lot of athletes smoke :o


"My coach said, 'Just go out there and if you want to just hit -- no, he say if you want you can tank," Safina said. "Well, once I go on court, I'm not going to tank."When I read that I thought Marat would love working with him then :haha:

"Honestly, I didn't expect that I was going to win because I was just so exhausted," the Russian said. "After the warm-up I just started to cry. I said, 'I cannot push myself any more.' He said, 'We know you are not a machine.'"Poor girl. At least this time she entered only the singles draw. Hopefully she can relax before next match


i like her answer to the last question :angel:same here :yeah:

Saumon
09-02-2008, 09:30 AM
When I read that I thought Marat would love working with him then :haha:

haha thought so too. Not that he needs someone to tell him to tank (see his last match to date :retard: )

Krajan :worship: :rocker2: :inlove:

PennyThePenguin
09-02-2008, 03:42 PM
maybe he was chatting to krajan before the last match gab :o

Saumon
09-02-2008, 03:56 PM
do you think he was crying too? :tape:

PennyThePenguin
09-02-2008, 04:19 PM
in his case, he was probably throwing tantrums. ;)

Damita
09-03-2008, 11:22 AM
Lmao

coolness
09-03-2008, 02:03 PM
Good Luck, Dinara in your QF match :angel:

maratsmaiden
09-03-2008, 08:25 PM
Congratulations DINA!!!! best of luck against whichever williams sister you face - you can do it girl - you have momentum and destiny on your side :)

Mrs. Fabregas
09-03-2008, 09:32 PM
:banana: :aparty: :yippee: :bounce: :dance: :rocker2: :woohoo:

Dina is IN DA SEMI'S BAAAAABY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nisha
09-03-2008, 11:49 PM
:banana: :banana:

coolness
09-04-2008, 12:54 AM
Congratulations DINA!!!! best of luck - you have momentum and destiny on your side :)

:yeah:

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.


Q. Are you pleased with the way you played today?

DINARA SAFINA: Oh, yeah. I think today maybe I can say finally I'm happy with myself, the way I played, because really I did what I had to do. I was aggressive on the court. I was following the balls every time. I think it was today finally I played my game.


Q. You're going to face somebody with the name Williams in the next round. We don't know which one. Neither one of them have lost a set in this tournament. Your thoughts on playing either Venus or Serena?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, it's going to be a big match. You know, they're both playing good. I don't know. I just want to focus again on myself and to give my 100% and see who's going to be stronger.


Q. You had an opportunity to play Serena on a number of occasions. You haven't played Venus, have you?

DINARA SAFINA: Never.


Q. What does she bring to a tennis match that is unique? I mean, what's unique about playing her?

DINARA SAFINA: Serena?


Q. Yeah.

DINARA SAFINA: Well, she's, first of all, great fighter, except that she's very dominant on the court. She tries to be as much aggressive as she can be. She obviously likes to put pressure on the players, so that's why it makes her a very tough opponent.


Q. I was talking to Nick Bollettieri, who has worked with both Venus and Serena the other day, and he says one of the distinctive things about them ‑ and it came from their father ‑ they were trained at a very young age that there's no such thing as a ball that is out of play. It's simply is not out of play. You must go get it. I mean, did you sense that playing Serena? Obviously you haven't played Venus. But Serena?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, of course, Serena, she always tries to ‑‑ she fights till the last ‑‑ until the ball bounce two times on her side. She moves very good, and she can hit the ball from any position on the court very hard.

So with her, you really have to be focused until I like I say, the ball bounce two times or she misses or you hit clearly a winner.

So that's why, with her, you know, you have to be alert every time.


Q. How much have you watched of Venus? You can't speak from the perspective of having played her. How much have you watched her? What do you think about the way she plays?

DINARA SAFINA: Maybe the only time I watched it was, like, really that I would watch on TV, it was in China when she played against two Chinese, because I knew the winner of us was playing against them.

So I was waiting for my match and they were playing, so kind of I was doing both things at the same time. I was watching them.

But not really that I would watch specific to see what she likes, what she doesn't like. I would just see what to expect from the player.


Q. Do you feel mentally fresh now? Are you able to put aside being tired?

DINARA SAFINA: Honestly, yes, I feel really like ‑‑ already yesterday I was practicing, and I had already a smile on the face. I was like, Okay, now I can play and move.

I think it was ‑‑ sometimes it comes this moment in the body that ‑‑ especially I had like tough match against Bacsinszky.

Next day I had day off, and then to play again I was ‑‑ because it was not easy matches. It was like more mentally that I had to pull the match again being down.

Then with Ahn it was not easy to come back. Then yesterday it was okay. I had to do what I had to do. I pulled these two matches, so now I can get only better so that slowly I'm getting back.


Q. So now that you have the experience this summer, when you get to this stage of the tournament, you almost see that the body's not so important anymore. It's more in the mind.

DINARA SAFINA: Yes. Most of the time the mind controls, but sometimes even the mind gets very tired of pushing every time yourself. So then this comes the moments that you really, like you say you don't care anymore.

But now I feel ‑‑ I'm feeling better.


Q. Do you think there might come a point in the semifinals ‑ obviously you'll play Serena or Venus, so the crowd will be with them ‑ where you'll feel nerves, or are you past that point now?

DINARA SAFINA: After being in China playing two times Chinese?


Q. It will never be like that again.

DINARA SAFINA: And also being in Israel, playing Israeli, it was even worse. So I think so. I guess. I mean, I hope the people will also cheer for me.

flower14
09-04-2008, 01:34 AM
Dinara played such a smart match today. Very well Done. :)

Now in to SF. If she stays focus and plays her best i think she can beat the sisters.

My question is...if you were Dinara which sister would you prefer to see on Friday?

I think Venus is playing very well and dinara has not played her before, therefore it will be hard on Dinara. I think serena is playing ok. Her foot work is not that good so far. Dinara has played serena before so she alteast knows her game. So I would say dina would prefer serena. Still Dinara would have to play her very best to beat either sister. :)

Come on Sister you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!

coolness
09-04-2008, 05:37 AM
Dinara will play Serena in the semis :)

AnnieNik
09-04-2008, 07:59 AM
The match against Flavia Penetta was co-commentated by Katerina Maleeva (the middle of Maleevy sisters) and she was so excited about Dinara :p Katerina said she is amazing player and at the end said that Flavia couldn't do anything against a perfect tennis player :yeah:

Davai, Dinara :woohoo:

Damita
09-04-2008, 05:25 PM
The match against Flavia Penetta was co-commentated by Katerina Maleeva (the middle of Maleevy sisters) and she was so excited about Dinara :p Katerina said she is amazing player and at the end said that Flavia couldn't do anything against a perfect tennis player :yeah:

Davai, Dinara :woohoo::worship:

I read Flavia's itw, she said Dinara played amazingly well and didn't give her a lot of chances, that it was hard to beat someone who doesn't make any mistake, hits the line a lot during rallies and next suddenly makes you run to the net. :cool: davai :bounce:

Bibir
09-04-2008, 06:56 PM
Is Marat still in NY or he doesn't care about his sister? :p


Good luck Dina! :rocker2:

maratsmaiden
09-04-2008, 07:03 PM
Is Marat still in NY or he doesn't care about his sister? :p


Good luck Dina! :rocker2:

End of interview found here http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/feedarticle/7762733:

"The demoralised Russian said he would not stick around in New York to cheer for his sister Dinara Safina, who could claim the world number one ranking with an Open triumph.
"No I'm going home. I've had enough already," said Safin. "I've been here for too long. I need to go home." :sad::sad:

coolness
09-05-2008, 01:54 AM
Serena Williams, Dinara Safina Qualify for Season-Ending Championships


Serena Williams and Dinara Safina have officially qualified for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha.

The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced the news on Thursday, just one day before the pair is scheduled to meet in the semifinals of the US Open.

The world’s top eight singles players and top four doubles teams from the 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour season will compete for the Championships title and a share of the record prize money of $4.45 million.

Sony Ericsson Championships debutante Safina and 2001 champion Williams join previously qualified Serbs Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic in the singles line-up. Williams earned 3,130 points and Safina earned 3,123 points in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships standings.

“I am delighted to have qualified again for the Sony Ericsson Championships,” said Serena Williams in a statement released by the Tour. “It’s always an honor to play at the year-end Championships, and I’m looking forward to playing in Doha where I can hopefully show my best tennis.”

This season, the 26-year-old American claimed three singles titles at the Canara Bank Bangalore Open in Bangalore, the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. She was runner-up at Wimbledon, where she fell to sister Venus in her 11th career Grand Slam singles final.

“I am really happy about qualifying for the Sony Ericsson Championships,” Safina said. “I think this is the goal for every player to reach the Championships at the end of the year and finally my dream has come true.”

Safina has played her best season to date, winning Tour singles titles at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin, where she defeated World No. 1 Justine Henin, the East West Bank Classic presented by Herbalife in Los Angeles and at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal for her sixth, seventh and eighth career titles.

She reached her first Grand Slam singles final at Roland Garros, finished runner-up at the Ordina Open at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and was the singles silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics.
“I’m delighted that Serena and Dinara have both qualified for this year’s Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha,” said Larry Scott, CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

“Dinara has had a fantastic run this year and absolutely deserves a spot in her first Sony Ericsson Championships. Serena is without doubt a true global icon and displaying wonderful tennis this season. Having both players showcase their talent in Doha will be great for tennis fans around the world.”

“We’re very pleased to see that Dinara and Serena have both qualified for the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha,” said Aldo Liguori, Corporate Vice President and Head of Global Communications & PR at Sony Ericsson.

“They are both top seeds in the game and their considerable talent makes them fantastic ambassadors for women’s tennis. We’re sure they will make the season finale to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour one of the most exciting yet.”

Sony Ericsson Championships is scheduled to take place at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, November 4-9, 2008.
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Curls
09-05-2008, 02:43 AM
:banana: best of luck Dinara ... ride the wave :yeah:

coolness
09-05-2008, 12:25 PM
DAVAI DINARA !!!

9yiFBvTJzDg

mir
09-05-2008, 09:27 PM
DAVAI DINARA !!!

9yiFBvTJzDg

:lol: pwetty in pink :D

coolness
09-06-2008, 01:13 AM
Safina didnt reach the finals in the USOpen but she will get a career ranking high of number 5 regardless of who wins the title.

maratsmaiden
09-06-2008, 01:18 AM
Poor girl... the wind was really getting to her. She was swearing and throwing her racquet around - very uncharacteristic of her as of late, but, understandable. When Serena nearly took her head off with that ball, she was so ticked off - it was obnoxious. I really don't like the Williams 'sisters', and that confirmed it. At least Serena tried to apologize - Dinara had nothing to do with her apology though, just turned her back and walked away. Great effort Dina!!! #5, and you'll continue to climb :)

Sarka
09-06-2008, 01:26 AM
:awww: Better luck next time Dina! It was still a great tourny :yeah: I hope she gets some rest now before going to Tokyo, she sure deserves/needs it!

stroopery
09-06-2008, 02:08 AM
gutted she lost today, i so want her to take the no. 1 ranking! but it was a terrible weather to play in and serena looked more composed and more prepared - dinara pretty much lost her head in the second set.

ah, well, still a very good tournament for her. better luck next time, dina :D!

flower14
09-06-2008, 02:19 AM
Aww..it was so sad to see Dinara lose. She looked very mad at the wind. I hope she gets rest and stays focus for coming months. She is improving.

I did not like serena hitting at dinara. You could see Dinara got mad and called her B****H. That is one of the reason i dont like serena. She did say sorry in the end..but if she would have lost the match she would have grabbed Dinara's arm and said "what did you call me B****T?

Now i have one question...about the Ranking system. Ok so who ever becomes the #1 on Monday after US open, they will be Number one for rest of year?? I think players are playing a lot of tournaments in coming months, cant ranking be changed after every Tournament depanding of the winner?

coolness
09-06-2008, 06:55 AM
Its still not a close deal..Jelena and Serena has many points to defend from last year so the number 1 ranking can continue to be interchangeable. Same thing with elena and ivanovic.

But Safina can still go as high as #2 or even number 1 if she really performs well and go fulltime schedule in the fall season coz she has less points to defend and she'll be part of the seasons championships for the first time.

For now , she will be number 5 regardless who wins the USO.

coolness
09-06-2008, 06:58 AM
Has anyone seen the video interview of Dinara? It is a long one but half of it is in russsian :sad:

I hope someone can translate it for us. I enjoyed watching the interview, she looks and acts and talks so much like her brother ,lol!

Diana_rom
09-06-2008, 09:43 AM
Dina had a bad day,and I would say she was too emotional:shrug:...you could see she was Marat's sister last night:o
I heard only the F word not the B one,but let's face it Serena proved to be violent on the court...I would have said louder those words and even more...at the end Dina was so sweet saying to Serena that everything was ok,she has such a lovely smile:inlove:
During the match one of the commentators,miss Virginia Ruzici,sayd she knows Dina's parents and that Marat looks like her mother and Dina like her father:cool:nothing new actually:p

helen10
09-06-2008, 09:53 AM
Aww..it was so sad to see Dinara lose. She looked very mad at the wind. I hope she gets rest and stays focus for coming months. She is improving.

I did not like serena hitting at dinara. You could see Dinara got mad and called her B****H. That is one of the reason i dont like serena. She did say sorry in the end..but if she would have lost the match she would have grabbed Dinara's arm and said "what did you call me B****T?



She's so much better than where she was last year - and she had a real chance at this year's US Open.
I was actually quite disappointed with her attitude though. Serena did nothing wrong in hitting the ball in Dinara's direction - it was a legitimate tactic and I don't think there was anything personal at all about it. I doubt Serena actually saw Dinara say 'B***H' as Dinara had her back turned. I'm sure it was just an instant emotional reaction as she seemed fine about it at the end of the match.
What I didn't like about Dinara yesterday was the way she was mouthing off at her coach - Andy Murray used to do it to Brad Gilbert. Don't mind the frustrated outbursts or the racket smashing but it shouldn't be directed at anyone other than yourself. Call me old-fashioned...:angel:
She'll learn a lot from this though and I'm sure she'll get her first Grand Slam soon.

nisha
09-06-2008, 11:10 AM
:sad: she looked devasted

Damita
09-06-2008, 01:34 PM
Poor girl... the wind was really getting to her. She was swearing and throwing her racquet around - very uncharacteristic of her as of late, but, understandable. When Serena nearly took her head off with that ball, she was so ticked off - it was obnoxious. I really don't like the Williams 'sisters', and that confirmed it. At least Serena tried to apologize - Dinara had nothing to do with her apology though, just turned her back and walked away. Great effort Dina!!! #5, and you'll continue to climb :)It happened during the game, as it can happen to any player. They just raise their hand to apologize and that's all. I don't think there's anything personal here. You can dislike Serena for many things, but not for something which happens from time to time to any of them.
And Dinara didn't turn back and walk away when Serena apologized at the net at the end of the match. She actually smiled and said everything's ok. I smiled too at the two of them having this little convo at the net, I thought that was rather a funny and relaxed moment after the tense moments Dinara went through during the match. Let's not create drama where there's none. Serena almost hit her twice in the match, which is the game sometimes :shrug:, and immediately apologized to Dinara even before Dina reached the net for the handshake. They had the handshake, kissed each others, and Dina smiled and confirmed she didn't hold grudge against Serena for that. That's all. :shrug:

Dina had a bad day,and I would say she was too emotional:shrug:...you could see she was Marat's sister last night:o
I heard only the F word not the B one,but let's face it Serena proved to be violent on the court...I would have said louder those words and even more...at the end Dina was so sweet saying to Serena that everything was So true. I think she never looks as much like him than when she's upset and annoyed on court. The body language, and this look in their eyes are very similar. puppy eyes awww :p


What I didn't like about Dinara yesterday was the way she was mouthing off at her coach - Andy Murray used to do it to Brad Gilbert. Don't mind the frustrated outbursts or the racket smashing but it shouldn't be directed at anyone other than yourself. Call me old-fashioned...:angel:
She'll learn a lot from this though and I'm sure she'll get her first Grand Slam soon.I didn't pay attention to when she was looking at Krajan. Are you sure she was mad at him?
Marat tends to look at his box when he's mumbling to himself or has an outburst. Maybe there's less frustration when you look at your coach or your player box, like you're sharing it with them. Which doesn't necessarily mean you're directing it at them or are blaming them for it.
And even if she did, I'm sure he'd understand it was just an emotional moment. I think she has thanked him enough already in press conferences, and hugged him enough in the box after big matches to make him realize how thankful she is for what he has done for her so far. ;)

oliviasmith
09-06-2008, 02:21 PM
i hope dinara doesn't suffer a letdown after this. she just needs to tighten up a few things and i can totally see her winning a slam or two next year. she's almost there. get those emotions in check dinara, never let 'em see you sweat!

congrats to serena! some of you guys really crack me up. serena didn't mean to hurt her and she did aplogize. :rolleyes:

great post damita!

maratsmaiden
09-06-2008, 03:21 PM
It happened during the game, as it can happen to any player. They just raise their hand to apologize and that's all. I don't think there's anything personal here. You can dislike Serena for many things, but not for something which happens from time to time to any of them.
And Dinara didn't turn back and walk away when Serena apologized at the net at the end of the match. She actually smiled and said everything's ok. I smiled too at the two of them having this little convo at the net, I thought that was rather a funny and relaxed moment after the tense moments Dinara went through during the match. Let's not create drama where there's none. Serena almost hit her twice in the match, which is the game sometimes :shrug:, and immediately apologized to Dinara even before Dina reached the net for the handshake. They had the handshake, kissed each others, and Dina smiled and confirmed she didn't hold grudge against Serena for that. That's all. :shrug:



I realize it happened (or can happen) during the game, point is, it looked unnecessary to me. Dina was right in front of her, and it seemed, to me, on purpose - slamming the ball directly at someone when they are 5 feet away is not a mistake. I play tennis, and I know when I'm hitting a ball at someone's head. And I don't think I'm creating drama - after she hit Dinara, Dinara turned her back and walked towards the baseline while Serena tried to apologize. I wasn't referring to the end of the match. I was stating what happened during the match. I realize, like a true sportsman, Dina shook Serena's hand and smiled at the end, which was great. I was merely stating my frustration with the point and with Serena's play.

coolness
09-06-2008, 04:00 PM
Dina had a bad day,and I would say she was too emotional...you could see she was Marat's sister last night

So true. I think she never looks as much like him than when she's upset and annoyed on court. The body language, and this look in their eyes are very similar. puppy eyes awww


And I thought I was the only one who noticed it, lol.
Have you seen her video interview? I can see more and more similarities in their facial expressions..it wasnt so obvious in the past years, maybe because she's slimmer now??, im not so sure :)

after she hit Dinara, Dinara turned her back and walked towards the baseline while Serena tried to apologize.

Oh, if it happened in the 2nd set, i missed it. i hope someone has a video ..pls

coolness
09-06-2008, 04:26 PM
During the match one of the commentators,miss Virginia Ruzici,sayd she knows Dina's parents and that Marat looks like her mother and Dina like her father

Yup, no doubt :)

http://img110.imageshack.us/img110/7038/702567210ft.jpg


A very young Dinara, pic courtesy from her official forum.

http://www.dinarasafina.com/photo/AutreTournois/2.jpg

nisha
09-06-2008, 05:36 PM
i think both marat and dinara have their mothers eyes

BelgianWaffle
09-06-2008, 06:25 PM
hehe, dinara is the spitting image of her dad, same nose, mouth and cheeks :D

I'm bummed she didn't win.. I saw most of the match and the wind really bugged her. But then again, it's the same for the opponent, so she shouldn't let it get to her that much. When she started to get frustrated I saw quite a lot of 'wild' balls as well.. made me think of oaf.

nisha
09-06-2008, 09:11 PM
The Safin hate the wind

Damita
09-07-2008, 11:19 AM
The Safin hate the wind
lol yeah, understandable, they both like to hit the lines (which is something I absolutely adore :worship:) and it becomes a bit risky when it's windy :awww:
Hence why:

vamos indoor season! :rocker2:

coolness
09-08-2008, 10:12 AM
Career high # 5 for Dinara

(as of Sep 8, 2008)

1 WILLIAMS, SERENA (USA) 4091
2 JANKOVIC, JELENA (SRB) 3965
3 IVANOVIC, ANA (SRB) 3532
4 DEMENTIEVA, ELENA (RUS) 3430
5 SAFINA, DINARA (RUS) 3357 :yeah:
6 SHARAPOVA, MARIA (RUS) 3041
7 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA (RUS) 2571
8 WILLIAMS, VENUS (USA) 2386
9 ZVONAREVA, VERA (RUS) 2087
10 RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA (POL) 2076

Notice how close the top 5 are in the ranking points. If she continues to play well, I can see Dinara surpassing Ana and Lena in the rankings as the two players have so many points to defend this fall season.

Dinara was not really playing well last season so she has less to defend , lol! Hope she takes her chance now.

lilimi80
09-13-2008, 08:42 AM
davai dinara :banana:

coolness
09-15-2008, 09:27 AM
hey everyone!
A poll is being conducted, hope you all can vote for Dina, thanks!:angel:

Russian Roulette title message (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=356830)

nisha
09-15-2008, 10:05 AM
i cant vote it says

coolness
09-15-2008, 01:23 PM
Dinara on the cover of a Russian magazine.


http://www.t-bm.ru/photos/journal/56/big.jpg


Hope someone has it and can post the article, thanks :)

coolness
09-15-2008, 05:09 PM
At Tokyo press conference:

http://www1.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Toray+Pan+Pacific+Open+Press+Conference+JmlGDRusFx cl.jpg

http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Toray+Pan+Pacific+Open+Press+Conference+HIEBgDua2G zl.jpg

http://www4.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Toray+Pan+Pacific+Open+Press+Conference+kfudGMnB48 0l.jpg

nisha
09-15-2008, 08:42 PM
she looks gorgeous in a dress :hearts:
Elena looks great too

Mrs. Fabregas
09-15-2008, 09:00 PM
She looks stunning in that purple dress with the untailed hair!!!!!

Curls
09-16-2008, 02:28 AM
she looks fantastic ... but cant help but laugh at all of their tan lines from their socks :rolls:

amdany
09-16-2008, 07:35 AM
she looks beautiful!!!

Damita
09-16-2008, 11:40 AM
she looks fantastic ... but cant help but laugh at all of their tan lines from their socks :rolls:
lol yeah
I'm :eek: at the heels she and Ana and Jelena are wearing. I'd roll and ankle with such shoes, lol

virex
09-16-2008, 07:51 PM
:inlove:

thiaela
09-16-2008, 10:38 PM
She looks very good ...

pretty_panther
09-16-2008, 10:59 PM
*first post* hya people. Dinara looks great in that dress. Im jealous! Love the colour. :)

luxsword
09-19-2008, 08:28 PM
:worship:

Pepi.
09-19-2008, 09:04 PM
Dinara is the new #4 and russian #1 :banana:
if she wins tomorrow she will be #3

i love this girl!!!


Go dinara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Damita
09-19-2008, 09:50 PM
:d

amdany
09-19-2008, 09:55 PM
:bounce:

mir
09-19-2008, 11:24 PM
:bigclap::bigclap::bigclap:

thiaela
09-20-2008, 05:47 AM
well done Dina

Pepi.
09-20-2008, 08:57 AM
Dinara won 6-1 6-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

0 DFs :sobbing:

the new #3 :hearts:

Remy
09-20-2008, 10:49 AM
Oh my! She's too good :bowdown: Keep going dinara :yeah:

amdany
09-20-2008, 11:55 AM
Dinara won 6-1 6-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

0 DFs :sobbing:

the new #3 :hearts:

:cool: and 0 DFs:eek:;), well done and congrats Dinara:worship:

nisha
09-20-2008, 01:53 PM
yay :banana:

Damita
09-20-2008, 05:22 PM
Dinara won 6-1 6-0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

0 DFs :sobbing:

the new #3 :hearts:Whoa! :eek: :worship:
We're #3, we're #3! :woohoo:

PennyThePenguin
09-20-2008, 05:48 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

NUMBAH 1 NUMBAH 1 NUMBAH 1!!! here weeee commmeeee!!!

Pepi.
09-20-2008, 06:29 PM
Jankovic lost last year the final in Beijing, and Dinara did not play, she has a great oportunity to become #2 :)

:)

pretty_panther
09-21-2008, 12:14 AM
wow. Go Dinara! I love how she is playing so well!

coolness
09-21-2008, 08:41 AM
World number Three and Toray Pan Pacific Open Champion Dinara Safina

http://i35.tinypic.com/o9fm1k.jpg

yarina
09-21-2008, 09:02 AM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/21092008/58/wta-tour-safina-dismisses-kuznetsova-tokyo.html

WTA Tour - Safina dismisses Kuznetsova in Tokyo

Eurosport - Sun, 21 Sep 08:42:00 2008

Fourth seed Dinara Safina overpowered fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open title.

After recording her fourth tournament victory of 2008, this year's French Open runner-up is poised to climb to a career-high third in the world when Monday's rankings are published.

"God knows how far I can get!" Safina, a recent US Open semi-finalist, said. "I've played the best tennis I've ever played this week."

The triumph was also the 22-year-old's third Tier One title of the year following wins in Berlin and Montreal.

"I knew I still had so much more inside," she said after matching world number one Serena Williams for a season-high four WTA Tour titles. "It suddenly clicked in my mind."

Safina came out with all guns blazing, breaking for a 3-1 lead with a lunging backhand volley before closing out the first set with a blistering ace.

Fifth seed Kuznetsova had no answer to her opponent's power and Safina moved in for the kill, whipping a forehand cross court to secure the decisive break in the fifth game of the second set.

Kuznetsova, who helped Russia retain their Fed Cup title in Spain last weekend, yelled in frustration after missing a routine forehand put-away that would have hauled her back to 4-4.

Safina showed no mercy, closing out victory in the next game when a Kuznetsova drop shot floated wide.

As she walked off court, Safina pulled out her mobile phone and began exchanging text messages with her family, although not with big brother Marat Safin, the former men's number one.

"We haven't spoken for about two weeks," she said with a laugh. "I was texting my mum. I know Marat's flying to Bangkok today. I guess he'll text me later to say 'Well done'."

Despite her disappointing performance, Kuznetsova was quick to pay tribute to her opponent.

"Dinara played unbelievably well today," the former US Open champion said. "She was the favourite to win and she did it. She definitely has what it takes to be number one."

Reuters

amdany
09-21-2008, 10:05 AM
:woohoo: well done Dinara:worship:

Damita
09-21-2008, 11:56 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

PennyThePenguin
09-21-2008, 05:42 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:!!!! and that's a pretty plate *hearts*

helen10
09-21-2008, 05:54 PM
WoopWoop!!
Can't think of anyone else on the women's tour who deserves it more than Dinara :) I think she's pulled out of the next tournament which isn't surprising - she must be exhausted!

Pepi.
09-21-2008, 06:18 PM
smart decision :yeah:


congrats dina :bounce:

Damita
09-21-2008, 07:23 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:!!!! and that's a pretty plate *hearts*:unsure:

pretty_panther
09-21-2008, 09:32 PM
well done Dinara!:worship: I hope she can win the end of year championships. :cool:I know I'm ahead of myself but she so deserves it.:)

PennyThePenguin
09-22-2008, 01:07 AM
it is steppy!!!! it's so typically japanese :p and if she doesn't want to disply it on a shelf. she can use it to serve finger food :D

Mrs. Fabregas
09-22-2008, 07:41 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

NUMBAH 1 NUMBAH 1 NUMBAH 1!!! here weeee commmeeee!!!

:rocker2: :rocker2:


World number Three and Toray Pan Pacific Open Champion Dinara Safina

http://i35.tinypic.com/o9fm1k.jpg

That's such a stunning picture! And the plate is :inlove:

:woohoo: :woohoo:!!!! and that's a pretty plate *hearts*

:yeah:

WoopWoop!!
Can't think of anyone else on the women's tour who deserves it more than Dinara :) I think she's pulled out of the next tournament which isn't surprising - she must be exhausted!

:awww: I hope she won't skip the kremlin cup :unsure:

Damita
09-22-2008, 12:48 PM
it is steppy!!!! it's so typically japanese :p and if she doesn't want to disply it on a shelf. she can use it to serve finger food :DI found it really ugly. Like I said on msn it reminds me of the plates you can bring back from holidays as a souvenir. When I was young we had one on a shelf that my nanny brought back from Portugal. It was ewww. And I also brought one back from Gran Canaria (what was I thinking? :o :retard:), which was displayed on a wall. ugly ugly ugly. Thank God my parents took it off the wall when they painted the whole living-room a few months later. And never put it back :lol::worship:

Curls
09-22-2008, 01:59 PM
:yeah: sensational stuff Dina

btw, the plate rocks :rocker:

PennyThePenguin
09-22-2008, 04:21 PM
see steppy. everyone agrees with me :ras:. and the word on the plate say WINNER! :p it's souvenir-ish, I'll agree, but she didn't buy it, she won it and it says winner so uhm..it's not a souvenir :lol:

Damita
09-22-2008, 05:34 PM
see steppy. everyone agrees with me :ras:. and the word on the plate say WINNER! :p it's souvenir-ish, I'll agree, but she didn't buy it, she won it and it says winner so uhm..it's not a souvenir :lol:Not everyone :p Like someone (whose name I'll kept secret ;)) told me: they changed the location, they changed the date, why didn't they change the trophy?!
And I didn't say it's a souvenir, I said it's as ugly as the plates you buy as souvenirs. :p So the fact she didn't buy it won't change that it hurts my eyes :p (but :yeah: for the word 'winner' :))

helen10
09-22-2008, 07:23 PM
Not everyone :p Like someone (whose name I'll kept secret ;)) told me: they changed the location, they changed the date, why didn't they change the trophy?!
And I didn't say it's a souvenir, I said it's as ugly as the plates you buy as souvenirs. :p So the fact she didn't buy it won't change that it hurts my eyes :p (but :yeah: for the word 'winner' :))

I think the main reason for the reaction may be that the colour of the thing clashes so violently with the colour of Dinara's face and what she's wearing...not good :D

Damita
09-22-2008, 08:02 PM
I think the main reason for the reaction may be that the colour of the thing clashes so violently with the colour of Dinara's face and what she's wearing...not good :Deh no :p I first saw the "thing" itself before scrolling down to see Dina's face (which isn't that bad) and her outfit. So no, it's really the colour of the thing itself :angel:

helen10
09-22-2008, 08:18 PM
eh no :p I first saw the "thing" itself before scrolling down to see Dina's face (which isn't that bad) and her outfit. So no, it's really the colour of the thing itself :angel:

Oh, it's certainly hideous, no doubt of that (at least IMO :o ) - I like the colour of Dinara's outfit it's just that the two colours together are painful to the eyes. Hopefully it'll get broken in transit back to Moscow...

Damita
09-22-2008, 09:03 PM
Oh, it's certainly hideous, no doubt of that (at least IMO :o ) - I like the colour of Dinara's outfit it's just that the two colours together are painful to the eyes. Hopefully it'll get broken in transit back to Moscow...:spit: :haha: :haha: :yeah:

BelgianWaffle
09-23-2008, 06:19 PM
she looks fantastic ... but cant help but laugh at all of their tan lines from their socks :rolls:
Thanks for pinning my attention to it Pam :p

They all look gorgeous :yeah:

Whoa! :eek: :worship:
We're #3, we're #3! :woohoo:
:woohoo:

Sarka
09-24-2008, 04:11 PM
She looks so beautiful in the pics from the Tokio press conference. So does Elena! I love their dresses :hearts:

Another title :yippie: and still rising in the ranking :bounce: She's really impressive and I admire her mental strength :yeah: if only she could share some with her big brother....

Saumon
10-10-2008, 06:12 PM
World Number TWO! :rocker2:

amdany
10-10-2008, 06:24 PM
:bounce::bounce:

camilia
10-10-2008, 07:38 PM
:worship:

Damita
10-10-2008, 09:18 PM
World Number TWO! :rocker2::D:D:D

Pepi.
10-10-2008, 10:55 PM
she is amazing :)

Curls
10-11-2008, 02:29 AM
No. 2 !!!!!!!!!!! .... :banana: OMG, she's a friggin' superstar :banana:

Davai Dina!!

PennyThePenguin
10-11-2008, 04:27 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: time to go to the top and take down horseface!!!!

helen10
10-11-2008, 04:37 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: time to go to the top and take down horseface!!!!

Glad I'm not alone in that opinion :D

PennyThePenguin
10-11-2008, 05:07 AM
Glad I'm not alone in that opinion :D

:angel:

coolness
10-11-2008, 06:59 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: time to go to the top and take down horseface!!!!

:worship:

Ironically, it was in horseface's match Marat was seen watching :(

PennyThePenguin
10-11-2008, 07:19 AM
tragic :sad:

maybe he was watching the opponent :p

neenah
10-11-2008, 10:37 PM
Dinaraaaaa :woohoo:

coolness
10-15-2008, 07:06 AM
Its amazing how Dinara blossomed into a beautiful lady this year as her ranking goes up too. She has become one of the , if not, the most well dressed female tennis player in WTA lately.


http://www.photogallery.dinarasafina.su/zp-core/i.php?a=off-court-2008&i=lena.jpg&s=595

http://www.photogallery.dinarasafina.su/zp-core/i.php?a=off-court-2008&i=m7.jpg&s=595

http://www.photogallery.dinarasafina.su/cache/off-court-2008/field561.jpg_595.jpg

Damita
10-15-2008, 08:41 AM
Its amazing how Dinara blossomed into a beautiful lady this year as her ranking goes up too. She has become one of the , if not, the most well dressed female tennis player in WTA lately.
Well, as Jane said in the pic thread, Dinara always showed a good taste in clothes off court. Now I agree she looks more beautiful and has become a lady. She still has her babyface but looks more mature. And everything's working fine for her now.
And you know very often when everything's going well for you, you feel good, you feel confident, and so you look beautiful and confident :cool:

PennyThePenguin
10-15-2008, 04:02 PM
...and she puts a lot of salt in her food :shrug: :p

oliviasmith
10-15-2008, 04:06 PM
Dinara emanates confidence and power! :worship:

she has grown up so much.

and she is NOT 5'11".

coolness
10-16-2008, 04:47 PM
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/dinara4-3.jpg

Damita
10-17-2008, 01:06 PM
great pic! :yeah:...and she puts a lot of salt in her food :shrug: :p
:spit:

virex
10-29-2008, 01:33 PM
http://globoesporte.globo.com/Esportes/foto/0,,15793282-EX,00.jpg

dinawa has arrived in Doha.
davai!

Saumon
10-29-2008, 01:36 PM
http://globoesporte.globo.com/Esportes/foto/0,,15793282-EX,00.jpg

dinawa has arrived in Doha.
davai!

Is that Karim Alami?

Remy
10-29-2008, 04:05 PM
Is that Karim Alami?

Yep that's him.

nisha
10-29-2008, 09:07 PM
who is he? ^^^

Damita
10-29-2008, 09:43 PM
who is he? ^^^
former player from Marocco :D

coolness
11-03-2008, 01:46 PM
Some photos from Doha

during practice
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/e000a235.jpg


Draw Ceremony
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/15b0944d.jpg


PressCon
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/8815dde0.jpg

Damita
11-03-2008, 02:30 PM
lol I love the practice one :lol:

thanks for sharing :)

amdany
11-03-2008, 06:27 PM
Cuuuute:hearts::hearts:

Damita
11-03-2008, 08:22 PM
ORDER OF PLAY

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
From 17.00hrs
1. Kuznetsova vs. Zvonareva
2. Jankovic vs. Ivanovic
3. Safina vs. V.Williams

coolness
11-04-2008, 12:08 AM
http://s45.radikal.ru/i110/0811/26/69fcc710ecf2.jpg

http://i041.radikal.ru/0811/59/c2c52da9d0be.jpg


http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/9d/fullj.4311b248a2fc4d7ef9cfe9cca448265f/4311b248a2fc4d7ef9cfe9cca448265f-getty-83245671cb013_sony_ericsson.jpg

Remy
11-04-2008, 08:54 AM
Aw :) nice pic..she's so much more woman-ish now :p no more girl-ish

BelgianWaffle
11-09-2008, 01:34 PM
Cute dress!! :hearts:

coolness
11-09-2008, 02:10 PM
Still from Doha

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/89aecd61.jpg

Damita
11-10-2008, 02:08 PM
That one is really nice :)

Fifteenlove
11-19-2008, 11:57 AM
She looks more and more beautiful everyday :)

Damita
11-26-2008, 07:54 PM
I looooooove this video :lol: :inlove:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxsasDSyXj0

Sarka
11-26-2008, 09:20 PM
I looooooove this video :lol: :inlove:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxsasDSyXj0

awwwww, she's so cute :p
Merci Steph :D

PennyThePenguin
11-27-2008, 01:21 AM
:lol: owwww..... she really gets really really red!

Saumon
11-27-2008, 07:33 AM
iMR5ueu8j58

this one is cute too. watch from 1:15 :lol:

Damita
11-27-2008, 08:26 AM
:lol: owwww..... she really gets really really red!
yeah :aplot: and he looks embaraased too :aplot: when they were only chatting... why would tennis players/coaches blush when they spot themselves on screen if they're just innocently chatting? :angel: (:aplot:)

And then she pretends she didn't notice she added lots of salt in the food. yeah riiiight :angel:

BelgianWaffle
11-27-2008, 09:20 PM
:lol: owwww..... she really gets really really red!
:ras: Don't make fun of people who go red easy :o I'm telling you, it's really annoying. :(

:o:p

yeah :aplot: and he looks embaraased too :aplot: when they were only chatting... why would tennis players/coaches blush when they spot themselves on screen if they're just innocently chatting? :angel: (:aplot:)
OMG that reminds me of the time I went to the Antwerp Diamond games and me and my friend went to see a match with lots of empty stands. We happened to occupy two seats in a see of empty ones and then I suddenly saw the camera on my face and I totally turned scarlett. :o

PennyThePenguin
11-28-2008, 06:05 AM
:ras: Don't make fun of people who go red easy :o I'm telling you, it's really annoying. :(

:o:p


OMG that reminds me of the time I went to the Antwerp Diamond games and me and my friend went to see a match with lots of empty stands. We happened to occupy two seats in a see of empty ones and then I suddenly saw the camera on my face and I totally turned scarlett. :o

I was just sayin that because I thought it was cute :awww:

AnnieNik
11-28-2008, 03:46 PM
:ras: Don't make fun of people who go red easy :o I'm telling you, it's really annoying. :(


blushing-belated-birthday-belgian waffle, you might want to check the party thread :p

coolness
12-04-2008, 01:38 AM
2009 Adidas

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/976297e9.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/7a5afac9.jpg

PennyThePenguin
12-04-2008, 01:50 AM
photoshop *shakeshead*

Damita
12-04-2008, 09:10 PM
as usual :(

luxsword
12-04-2008, 10:30 PM
Yep. :(
And she's gonna show up her belly again next year. :lol:

PennyThePenguin
12-04-2008, 11:17 PM
I was referring to the face ;) :ras: pfffffft......overdid the photoshopping pfffft.

luxsword
12-05-2008, 06:05 PM
I understood. ;) I meant, she's gonna wear short tight Tshirts that'll show her belly like last year. :lol: :lol:

Damita
12-05-2008, 08:52 PM
I understood. ;) I meant, she's gonna wear short tight Tshirts that'll show her belly like last year. :lol: :lol:
yeah but she's lost weight since last year so it should look a bit better :p

BelgianWaffle
12-06-2008, 11:43 AM
Aww come on you guys, it was never that bad ;)

Damita
12-06-2008, 12:02 PM
It was enough for some commentators to make nasty comments :(

Frenchies around here, have you seen the French msn homepage this Wednesday? they had a link to a photo album called "Quasimodos des stades" about how sports can distort people's body... and the picture on the homepage was of Dinara :rolleyes::mad::(

luxsword
12-06-2008, 03:21 PM
I didn't mean she's got too much belly. But I rather disliked that it kept showing. ;)

Sarka
12-07-2008, 12:14 AM
It was enough for some commentators to make nasty comments :(

Frenchies around here, have you seen the French msn homepage this Wednesday? they had a link to a photo album called "Quasimodos des stades" about how sports can distort people's body... and the picture on the homepage was of Dinara :rolleyes::mad::(

Wow, that's pretty harsh :cuckoo::mad: then they constantly complain about girls being too skinny :rolleyes:

I didn't mean she's got too much belly. But I rather disliked that it kept showing. ;)

I know what you mean. I think the problem is/was the cut of her outfit rather than her body. I always liked her better in dresses anyway.

luxsword
12-07-2008, 10:59 AM
Precisely, I wish she chose longer shirts. She always seem to wear stuff a size too small, while her brother's into stuff a size too big. :(

yarina
12-07-2008, 11:50 AM
Precisely, I wish she chose longer shirts. She always seem to wear stuff a size too small, while her brother's into stuff a size too big. :(

So, on average they both wear the right size :)

coolness
12-07-2008, 12:13 PM
I didn't mean she's got too much belly. But I rather disliked that it kept showing. ;)

like this :p :lol:

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/a1aba85f.jpg

Damita
12-07-2008, 12:16 PM
So, on average they both wear the right size :)
lol

*snowflake*
12-08-2008, 12:16 AM
It was enough for some commentators to make nasty comments :(

Frenchies around here, have you seen the French msn homepage this Wednesday? they had a link to a photo album called "Quasimodos des stades" about how sports can distort people's body... and the picture on the homepage was of Dinara :rolleyes::mad::(

I think sports has only done justice to her body cause i have a feeling that she would be on the chunky side if she didn't practise as much as she does. Plus her muscles are defined, not excessively accented; it's not her fault that she's tall and of bigger built :shrug:

Damita
12-08-2008, 09:13 AM
I totally agree. Hence why I didn't appreciate that trashy article at all

coolness
12-10-2008, 03:22 PM
Doha photoshoot

http://i036.radikal.ru/0812/68/582b4b0574bf.jpg

lilimi80
12-10-2008, 09:52 PM
beautiful :hearts:
quasimodo, yeah :retard:
fortunately i didn't see it! :(
really those who make those trashy articles are so stupid!
i've never heard bad comments by commentators about dinara...except that day when chamoulaud and i think my "friend" guy forget said her name was not beautiful :o
on sport + they don't care about women tennis so they only drool over her physique when tjey're oblige to comment women matches...i guess that's why WTA exists :o

samsal
12-10-2008, 11:05 PM
she looks sexy!!;)

Curls
12-12-2008, 01:22 AM
:eek: WOW!! Stunning!

PennyThePenguin
12-20-2008, 01:48 AM
hSiWARyuD_I

dinaaaawwaaaa :hearts:

Damita
12-20-2008, 11:19 AM
:haha: I don't know who made me laugh the most
Dinara didn't seem that amused by the exercise, did she? :lol:
and I really can't stand Jankovic's voice :tape:

RedSonja
12-20-2008, 02:49 PM
Dinara didn't seem that amused by the exercise, did she? :lol:


Dinara looks like she thinks this may just be the stupidest thing she's ever had to do in her life. :lol:

lilimi80
12-21-2008, 07:07 PM
yeah, girls don't like that kind of fun it seems (except me), none of them looks amused...

Meliana
12-30-2008, 01:44 PM
Trim Safina ready to team up with brother

PERTH - It looks like one of the most volatile pairings in mixed doubles history but rising Russian star Dinara Safina will happily bow to the experience of older brother and former world No.1 Marat Safin when they team up in the Hopman Cup, starting here Saturday.

While Safin enjoys his traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations in Moscow, a slimmed down Safina has already arrived in Perth to prepare for the unique mixed teams event and the subsequent Australian Open.

Safina wasn’t revealing exactly how much weight she had lost after a training session in sweltering heat here on Tuesday but she looked in the best condition of her career as she seeks to build on a breakthrough season this year that carried her to No.3 in the world.

And although her brother’s star appears to be on the wane just as hers climbs, his status as a dual Grand Slam winner, and more importantly an older brother, means Safina will bow to his judgement on the court in Perth.

“He is still older than me, I think he is going to be the boss on the court,” she said on Tuesday.

“It was my dream to play together with my brother one time and I always wanted to come here and play together.

“I hope it is going to be fun for us.”

Safin is known for his volatile temperament and although his sister is making a concerted effort to control her emotions on court, she said it was a shared family trait.

“I am the same, I do break them (racquets),” she said.

“We competed to see who broke more racquets last year—me or him.

“I am trying to be a bit more calm and I am working with my coach on that.”

Safina had a poor start to 2008 and was a first-round loser to Hopman Cup rival Sabine Lisicki at the Australian Open.

However, it is a different Safina almost 12 months on, winning four tournaments this year and reaching the French Open final.

“I had a good off-season and I have been practising hard,” she said.

“It is completely different coming here this year than when I came last year.

“I am really looking forward to starting the matches, that is what it is about.”

With her growing confidence and improved fitness, Safina has set her sights on lasting into the second week of the Australian Open for the first time.

She also hopes to complete a unique family double by claiming the top ranking in women’s tennis in 2009.

The Russians open their Hopman Cup campaign on Sunday against Italy, while the tournament starts with the tie between France and Asian Hopman Cup winner Chinese Taipei on Saturday.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?section=sports&xfile=data/sports/2008/December/sports_December741.xml

amdany
12-30-2008, 06:04 PM
thanks, nice article:)
can't wait for sunday:yippee::yippee:

*snowflake*
12-30-2008, 08:49 PM
Does anyone know who will be broadcasting it for Germany and Italy?

Damita
12-30-2008, 10:00 PM
Thanks Melianathanks, nice article:)
can't wait for sunday:yippee::yippee:same here!

“He is still older than me, I think he is going to be the boss on the court,” she said on Tuesday.Nooooo, noooo! :tape: :p

ad-out
12-30-2008, 10:25 PM
Does anyone know times/networks for broadcasts of the Hopman in the US?

PennyThePenguin
12-31-2008, 12:42 AM
Thanks Melianasame here!

Nooooo, noooo! :tape: :p

dinnnnaraaaaa..don't be intimidated by him!!! kick his ass if you have to!!!!! :p

KarlyM
12-31-2008, 06:17 AM
I hope Marat & Dinara do well at the Hopman Cup! :) Hopefully, Marat doesn't party too hard in Moscow! :lol:

Does anyone know times/networks for broadcasts of the Hopman in the US? The Tennis Channel is airing a couple sessions:

*Tues Jan 6 - 8:30pm(EST) Session 7 - USA vs Germany
*Wed Jan 7 - 8:30pm(EST) Session 9 - likely USA vs Australia
*Fri Jan 9 - 4:00am(EST) Final

^those are the "live" airtimes - they will repeat at 2:30pm(EST) the next day, and the final will repeat multiple times.

I wish I could get The Tennis Channel. :tears: There are a number of tournaments on there that I can never get - such as nearly the entire clay court season. :(

KarlyM
12-31-2008, 06:40 AM
I found a slightly different article on the Hopman Cup website:

Safina Hopes Hopman Cup Helps Crack at No. 1
30/12/2008

By Chris Pike

RUSSIA's top-ranked female player Dinara Safina wants to reach the world No.1 spot in 2009 and hopes to kick-start her campaign in Perth at the Hyundai Hopman Cup.

Safina, who will partner older brother and former No. 1 Marat Safin, reached a career-best No. 2 ranking in 2008 after a strong run of form mid-season and now hopes to continue that for all of 2009.

She arrives in Perth to make her Hyundai Hopman Cup debut and with it possibly being the only chance to player with her brother; both Dinara and Marat want to make the most of the experience.

Safina is excited to be playing with her older brother and is glad he put off retirement long enough to play alongside her.

"It's great. It was my dream to play together with my brother one time and I always wanted to play together here with him. Luckily, they asked us to play here this year and hopefully it's going to be fun for us and the crowd who is going to come to watch and support us," Safina said.

"Maybe here we can practice together, but we don’t get to do that very often. He's still older than me, so he will be the boss on the court.

"It was already for a while that he was thinking about retiring and I just want him to be happy. He's been on the Tour for such a long time and there comes a point where you don’t want to travel anymore. Whatever decision he makes I want him to be happy, whether that's on the court or off the court."

If Safina reaches No. 1, the siblings will become the first brother-sister combination to be on top of the world rankings and while it is her goal, she is focused on a strong performance at the Burswood Dome first.

"It's a very high goal and I just want to focus on playing my game. If I am able to do that, then the result will come. It is a goal for this year," she said.

"We play some matches and it allows you to work on many things while doing that. It will be a good preparation for Sydney and then the Australian Open."

Safina continued to work hard training once her season ended and on arrival in Perth completed a running session at Perry Lakes Stadium on Monday and a good outdoor hit out in scorching heat on Tuesday. While it was a bit too hot, she feels in good shape.

"I had a good off-season, was practicing hard and I'm really looking forward to starting the matches, which is what it's really about. It is the second day that I've been practicing and it was a little bit too hot, I had to take many breaks," she said.

"I've been in Spain practicing and it was warm, but it cannot compare to this. My fitness helps me to play my game. I'm trying to play aggressive and hard, so good fitness helps that. Compared to last year, I've lost a lot of kilos." http://hopmancup.com/?id=103&NewsId=228

mer
12-31-2008, 09:26 AM
I hope Marat & Dinara do well at the Hopman Cup! :) Hopefully, Marat doesn't party too hard in Moscow! :lol:

yeah, hopefully he will not miss his flight, hopefully he didn't forget how to play tennis, hopefully he has smb as a coach with him... so hopefully he will not lose too badly his singles and will be a least some help to Dinara in mixed :o

luxsword
12-31-2008, 10:27 AM
:lol:

amdany
12-31-2008, 05:31 PM
yeah, hopefully he will not miss his flight, hopefully he didn't forget how to play tennis, hopefully he has smb as a coach with him... so hopefully he will not lose too badly his singles and will be a least some help to Dinara in mixed :o

yeah let's hope so:o

MariaV
01-16-2009, 11:35 AM
Here an aricle on Dinara from the AO official site.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-16/200901161232060331734.html

Esp love this one :lol:
* She is a member of the Safin family, which means, as we know all too well, that her tennis can blow hot and cold

KarlyM
01-16-2009, 07:26 PM
^ :haha:

Am I the only one who thinks Alla Kudryavtseva could be a tricky 1st round opponent for Dinara? They only met once in LA last year and Dinara won 7-6(1) 0-6 7-6(3). :confused:

PennyThePenguin
01-16-2009, 10:59 PM
^ :haha:

Am I the only one who thinks Alla Kudryavtseva could be a tricky 1st round opponent for Dinara? They only met once in LA last year and Dinara won 7-6(1) 0-6 7-6(3). :confused:

:scared: but maybe that was a case study of the quote maria posted above :D

Pepi.
01-20-2009, 09:50 PM
She's playing tomorrow :D

Davai :inlove:

camilia
01-20-2009, 11:19 PM
Go Dinara:rocker2:

SheLikesToDisco
01-20-2009, 11:28 PM
What is up with all the russian women and their hard hitting! :p
Makarova could be tricky in the sense that she could force alot of errors from Dina or you never know she won't need help from Makarova and just do it cos she wants to! :lol:

Davai!!!!

BelgianWaffle
01-21-2009, 09:08 AM
Congrats Dinara! :hug:

Eden
01-21-2009, 03:15 PM
Little sister Safina stepping up

By Kamakshi Tandon
Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE -- In the frequently high school atmosphere of the pro tennis circuit, Marat Safin could easily be cast as the popular, athletic senior who made the girls swoon and to whom everything came easily.

Dinara Safina was the awkward young freshman, friendly and earnest but never quite able to live up to the image of her big brother.

How things have changed. Safina, who has been on a tear since unexpectedly winning the Tier I event in Berlin last May, comes into the Australian Open as the No. 3 seed and one of the favorites. Her skin has cleared up, she is sporting a new, darker hair color, and the successes are mounting. Now, the spotlight has turned her way.

"Before, really, I was known as Marat's sister, nothing else," she said after winning her second-round match in three sets on Wednesday. "Now when I practice there is more people standing watching me. … I get a better court. I'm not anymore Marat's sister."

"So I prefer to be in this case than last year, you know," she added with a grin.

As for Marat, he's philosophical about his transition to "Dinara's brother." He remains the more successful of the two, having won two Grand Slams while Safin has only reached the final of last year's French Open.

But having announced that this will be his last year on the circuit, Safin is aware that he has been superseded in both in the sibling and tennis pecking order.

"It's OK, I don't mind," Safin said. "There's a lot of new players coming in. … They are much younger, more hungry. Probably they have much more confidence than me, which is normal. I'm 28, 29 going to be soon.

"It's a little bit tougher to compete against them because they're just full of confidence and they're hungry. … They're going for it. They're not scared."

Safin was referring to the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, but he might as well have been describing the mindset of his 22-year-old sister. While in previous years she tended to speak of "patience, trying 100 percent and luck," there is now only one refrain in her playing vocabulary: being aggressive and going for her shots.

That was the difference between the first set and last two sets of her 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 match against Ekaterina Makarova, said Safina, and she believes it is always the difference between her wins and losses.

"No," Safina replied when asked if she had ever lost a match being too aggressive. "I'm better to lose the match being aggressive than lose the match being passive. Whenever I'm passive, I lose. That's what happens every time. I lost the tiebreak because I was too passive."

It's a philosophy with which she and coach Zeljko Krajan are in complete agreement, and not even her adored big brother's influence will move her. Not even when they're sharing a court, as Safin discovered when he and Safina played mixed doubles together for the first time in the Hopman Cup mixed team competition earlier this month.

"It's fun," Safina said of the experience, glad to get the chance before Safin hangs up his rackets. "It was my first time and well, with everything, it's the last time that we play together, so it was nice that I had a chance to do it."

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2009/0120/ten_g_safinsiblings_200.jpg
The transition is complete: Dinara Safina no longer needs her big brother's advice.

Though Safin was always bound to be "the boss" on court -- the psychological edge of being older sibling is never lost -- Safina did not let herself get pushed around during their matches together. "He can play one way the ball and I cannot play this way. I have only my way of play. So it's a little bit different, you know," she said. "I would go for a winner -- he goes, 'Why you go for the winner? You have to push it there.' And I cannot just push it. Either I go [for a winner], or I don't go for this shot."

There's no arguing with success, so Safin is happy to let her do things her own way. Gone are the times when he might criticize Safina's approach in public or counsel her in private. "I think there's enough people to worry about her career," he shrugged. "She doesn't need me there. She knows what to do. She's a grown-up. She's a professional. She's doing her job. She's doing quite well."

Their mother, Raouza Islanova, taught tennis in Russia and was the childhood coach of fellow pro Elena Dementieva. Dementieva has been pleased to see Safina taking her own path to tennis success.

"They're very different. Marat, he gets everything so easily and she was working so hard for all these results," said Dementieva. "I just have a lot for respect for her because it's nice to see her growing up and improving her game and working so hard. I think it's never easy to be in the shadow of your big brother like Marat, but she really deserves all the results that she's got."

Safin's looming retirement will soon mean the end of all the sibling comparisons and contrasts, but Safina is now more than ready to stand on her own feet.

Kamakshi Tandon is a freelance tennis writer for ESPN.com.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus09/columns/story?columnist=tandon_kamakshi&id=3848503

BelgianWaffle
01-21-2009, 04:30 PM
Safin is aware that he has been superseded in both in the sibling and tennis pecking order.
:rolls:

Damita
01-21-2009, 09:16 PM
Nice words from Elena :)

thanks for the article

camilia
01-21-2009, 09:49 PM
thanks for the article Eden :)

SheLikesToDisco
01-21-2009, 09:50 PM
Oh Lordie, that writer was rather pleased they came up with the high school metaphor! :lol:

I wonder what else they tried apart from doubles that ended up being the last attempt? :D

PennyThePenguin
04-10-2009, 03:34 PM
Hello Safinholics! I've enlisted help moving our Dinara thread back :D :D :D and I've split it up so this is the part 1 of the Dinara Chat..and part 2 is here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=141329