Dinara! Part 1

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Ma. Estefania
02-12-2004, 09:40 PM
Good luck, good luck! :yeah:

02-13-2004, 02:33 AM
Paris 2 Round Rankings

37 (40) SAFINA 905.5 :bounce:

02-13-2004, 01:28 PM
Dinara is playing right now.

she leads Schiavone 6-2 4-6 2-0! come on Dina:D

02-13-2004, 02:03 PM
Dinara / Francesca 6-2 4-6 6-4

next Kim Clijsters or Silvia Farina Elia....

02-13-2004, 02:09 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: well done!

Eurosport is just showing the match taped :D

Ma. Estefania
02-13-2004, 03:11 PM
Great :)

02-13-2004, 03:41 PM
that girl is growing stronger each day!

02-13-2004, 04:12 PM
Proximus Diamond Games February 16-22, 2004

first round

Dinara Safina (RUS) V Anca Barna (DUI)

02-13-2004, 04:24 PM
Well Kim just beat Farina Elia 3/6 7/5 6/3, so Dinara will be playing her next

02-13-2004, 05:47 PM
from today...

Clijsters through by skin of her teeth

Kim Clijsters came within a whisker of defeat as she scraped past Silvia Farina Elia and into the semi-finals of the Gaz de France Open in Paris.

Italy's Farina Elia served for victory at 6-3, 5-3 but then managed to win only three points in the next four games as Clijsters came back to win the second set.

After an erratic start the Belgian emerged a 3-6 7-5 6-3 victor, making the decisive break in the deciding set to lead 4-3. A disconsolate Farina Elia then lost serve again for the match.

"I really made a whole pile of errors today," Clijsters said. "But I've often had difficult matches against this opponent."

Clijsters came into the tournament after losing the Australian Open final to Justine Henin-Hardenne. In Melbourne, Clijsters sustained an injury to her left foot.

Clijsters faces a semi-final against Russia's Dinara Safina, who beat fifth seed Francesca Schiavone 6-2 4-6 6-4.

"That was a really tough match," Safina said. "I'm very happy to make my first semi in this big a tournament."

The 17-year-old Russian, sister of former US Open champion Marat Safin, has now won six matches this week - three qualifying rounds and three main-draw encounters.

"I feel a bit tired but it's normal," Safina said.

The tenacious Schiavone of Italy was Safina's second victory over a seeded player. The Russian eliminated third seed Patty Schnyder, an Australian Open semi-finalist, in the second round.

Like elder brother Marat, Safina is an expressive player, shouting, punching the air, bouncing a recalcitrant racket.

"Marat say I throw a racket just like him," Safina said. "He says he's happy I've learned something from him!" :)

02-13-2004, 06:42 PM
Like elder brother Marat, Safina is an expressive player, shouting, punching the air, bouncing a recalcitrant racket.

"Marat say I throw a racket just like him," Safina said. "He says he's happy I've learned something from him!"[/b] :)


02-13-2004, 06:54 PM
:haha: :lol:

02-13-2004, 07:34 PM
Safina very determined

Dinara Safina, coming from the qualifications, moved through the semi-finals after defeating Francesca Schiavone in a wonderful and very close match.(6-2, 4-6, 6-4).

As her will to win is so strong and her temper is like a volcano’s, Dinara Safina did everything on the court. Like her brother, she shouted, she swore and threw her racket and she even…. The resistance of her opponent, Francesca Schiavone, though not in a good shape, forced the Russian player to go deep inside her to achieve what she called her best performance of her career. After two wins in small tournaments (Sopot et Palermo) in the last two years, the Russian player reached the semi-finals of a main tournament for the first time of her life.

Having a very heavy first serve, and moving well despite her 1.81m, and being able to play strongly and smoothly, Safina seems ready to enter the Top 30 (she already is world n°40), or she ca, go even further. But in order to play at such a level, she have to try to calm down. Against Schiavone, anger prevented her from winning the second set and then she needed a lot of efforts to finally prevail. “In fact, I always talk to myself, Safina said.I have to stop that because I do too many mistakes in that case and I stop focusing? I really have to calm down. I talk about that with Marat and he told me that I break my rackets exactly like him.”Her new coach, French Hubert Choudury, has a lot to do with her in order allow this pure talent to keep cool like a real champion. It will be necessary against kim Clijsters in the semi-finals.

02-13-2004, 07:54 PM
Silvia Farina Elia - Francesca Schiavone (ITA) battent Daja Bedanova (RTC) - Dinara Safina (RUS) : 0-6, 6-2, 6-4

Court central

A partir de 13h30 :

Mary Pierce (FRA) - Tatiana Golovin (FRA)
Kim Clijsters (BEL, n°1) - Dinara Safina (RUS)

02-13-2004, 09:12 PM
Rauza is certainly enjoying watching the tennis of her children. Watching more tennis as ever as a spectator.

02-13-2004, 10:17 PM
Apparently the ball boys were snickering behind her back at her on court "antics"....
Of course the raquet smashing is in her blood but she really shouldnt do it that often, imho.

02-14-2004, 01:13 AM
Paris QF Rankings

31 (40) SAFINA 967.5* :bounce:

02-14-2004, 11:53 AM
Rauza is certainly enjoying watching the tennis of her children. Watching more tennis as ever as a spectator.

Rausa left at 4-5 in the second set :eek: Guess she couldnt watch anymore :o

02-14-2004, 11:53 AM
wow, she is Nr 31 now :bigclap:


02-14-2004, 12:43 PM
the match will start soon!


02-14-2004, 01:47 PM
Dinara / Kim 1-6 1-6

02-14-2004, 01:48 PM
:sad: she was so nervous :(

And she also had her leg taped :sad:

02-14-2004, 01:50 PM
not good

02-14-2004, 02:10 PM
:sad: Too bad Dinara couldn't do it.
But I'm happy to know she's improving her game in singles and doubles.

02-14-2004, 02:36 PM

02-15-2004, 12:46 PM

02-15-2004, 12:47 PM

02-15-2004, 12:47 PM

02-15-2004, 06:16 PM
Monday schedule

Main Court :

10.00 am : Stevenson - Vakulenko (3rd Rnd Q)
f/b : Pisnik - Mandula
f/b : Safina - Barna

02-16-2004, 01:57 PM
Dinara /Anca 6-4 6-4

02-16-2004, 03:58 PM
WTATour.com Player of the Week - Dinara Safina

PARIS - Dinara Safina didn't leave Paris with a title, but she sure had an impressive week at the Open Gaz de France.
After surviving three rounds of qualifying, Safina went on to record two victories against Top 20 players and earned a spot in her first semifinal of the year. Her week in Paris was good enough to garner top honors as the WTATour.com Player of the Week.

"I'm really excited, because this is my best result at a tournament of this level," said Safina, who reached her first semifinal at a Tier II event on the WTA Tour.

Safina spent the weekend prior to the main draw start battling for a berth into the main draw. After winning the three qualifying matches that would guarantee she'd be playing into the week, Safina got a break in the first round as fellow qualifier Jelena Jankovic retired during the match with a left thigh strain.

Safina then survived a three-set battle with No. 15 ranked Patty Schnyder and another with No. 18 ranked Francesca Schivone in the quarterfinals. However, Safina fell to eventual winner Kim Clijsters in the semifinals, 61 61, whom also defeated the Russian in the third round at the Australian Open.

The 17-year-old Russian continues to work with mother Raouza Islanova on improving her game, but has also called upon the services of Hubert Choudury since November to elevate her game to the next level.

"I'm happy to beat two top 20 players - I've finally shown the level I can play at. The hard work I've put in with my new coach has paid off."

02-16-2004, 07:35 PM
a pic from today...

02-16-2004, 11:17 PM
i added 5 pics of dina today vs Barna on my website ;)

02-17-2004, 10:05 AM
well done dinara! KEEP GOING :D

thanks for the pics Anik :yeah:

02-17-2004, 05:05 PM
well done dinara! KEEP GOING :D

thanks for the pics Anik :yeah:

you welcome :)

The english transcript of the french dina's interview at the OGF is now available http://www.dinarasafina.com/en/multimedia.asp --> video

Wednesday Schedule

Main Court (12.00am)
Klara Koukalova (CZE) vs Dinara Safina (RUS)

02-18-2004, 11:00 AM
Dinara lost the 1st set 6/4 against Klara Koukalova

02-18-2004, 11:47 AM
Safina / Koukalova 4-6 6-7 (2-7)


02-18-2004, 12:16 PM

02-18-2004, 01:11 PM
her next tourney is IW right?

So now the poor girl has some rest. She played a lot!

02-18-2004, 01:32 PM
yeah, is IW

02-18-2004, 07:52 PM
Klara Koukalova defeats Dinara Safina
Febuary 18, 2004

(Antwerp) Klara Koukalova, the 21-year old from Prague defeated 17-year-old Dinara Safina from Moscow in two sets. In both sets Safina took the lead but could not hold it to the end. The Czech won 6-4 and 7-6 (2) after being down 3-1 in the first and 5-2 in the second set.

Dinara Safina looked like moving into the next round with ease when she started the first set. All of her shots were on the right spot mixing passing shot with drop shots and dominating the game.

In the fifth game Koukalova broke Safina’s serve, she was 0-40 ahead but Safina came back to deuce. Koukalova took advantage and came back in the match for 3-2.

After holding her serve Koukalova took Safina’s service game again when the Russian hit the ball into the net with one breakpoint against her. Koukalova leads 4-3 and held her own serve for 5-3.

In the ninth game Dinara Safina held her serve for 4-5. She got a breakpoint against Koukalova’s serve in the tenth game but also a warning for smashing her racket to pieces when she lost her Marat-like temper. She could not prevent Koukalova taking the first set 6-4.

In the fourth game of the second set Safina scored a breakpoint with a well placed drop shot immediately breaking with a similar drop shot behind the net.

Safina takes a 5-1 lead when she breaks Koukalova with a winning crosscourt backhand. Instead of serving for the 2nd set Safina lost her serve. After being down 0-40 Safina managed to come back into the game but could not prevent Koukalova from breaking for 5-2 when the Czech hits a volley crosscourt behind the net.

Safina started to hit the balls long and wide and could never find her the form she showed earlier in the game. Koukalova broke for 5-4 and 5-6 before Safina finally could hold her own serve for 6 all. In the tiebreak Safina could not keep up with Koukalova’s pace and strength.

The currently ranked #100 Koukalova defeats the #31 ranked Safina in the deciding tiebreak 7-2. Lucky Loser Julia Vakulenko from the Ukraine defeats Qualifier Alexandra Stevenson from the USA 6-3 6-1 on court No. 2.

02-20-2004, 04:27 PM
Dina and marat


02-21-2004, 09:54 AM
thanks Anik! :)

02-25-2004, 05:07 PM
pics added

RG 2003 (6)
OGF 2004 (4)
Palermo 2003 (4)
Groups (1)
Kremlin Cup 2003 (3)


02-26-2004, 11:05 AM
Marat, Dina and misha


02-29-2004, 05:38 PM
7 new pictures of Dinara in RG 2000 and 1 of Marat


03-08-2004, 09:53 PM
Dinara withdraws in Indian Wells :sad:

03-08-2004, 09:53 PM
I noticed her and Dementieva missing in the draw, but does anyone know why?

03-08-2004, 09:57 PM
oh no, did she give a reason?

03-08-2004, 10:16 PM
i dont know why yet...

03-09-2004, 08:49 AM
I heard on another board that she has a leg strain.

03-09-2004, 11:00 AM

03-09-2004, 11:05 AM
oh no :sad:

get well soon!!!!!!!

03-09-2004, 09:06 PM
:sad: Get better soon, Dinara!

03-09-2004, 10:27 PM
Good article :) **French version on my website**

The little sisters complex

Their brother or sister have distinguished themselves on the professional tour. Now it's their turn as they try to follow in the same footsteps. That's not always easy.

Making a name for oneself. Being famous for one's own game, one's own style, one's own credit. Not talking about one's brother or sister in every single interview. This is the dream, the ultimate goal of these champions' sisters, who are often watched only for their family connection. They are Dinara Safina, Elke Clijters, Jaslyn Hewitt, Cara Black, and Michaella Krajicek. They are more or less precocious or talented, but all follow the brotherly footsteps, with difficulty controlling the inheritance. If tennis is often a family affair, not all the brothers and sisters have the chance to arrive on the tour at the same time. The case of Venus and Serena Williams, who lived theirs first successes in a tournament and in Grand Slam with only a difference of a few months, is still an exception.

As a result, the look on the younger sister is encumbered with the image of the older boy. For example, would we have been so interested in Dinara Safina's first victory, in July 2002 in Sopot, if she weren't the young sister of Marat Safin, winner of a Grand Slam tournament and former world # 1? "You're too much interested in her because she is my sister. But she is only sixteen. Let her progress at her own rhythm and don't turn her into a star before it's time. She is still a child." the elder Safin then said to the medias. One year later, Safina confirmed her status by imposing herself in Palermo last July. She is only seventeen but makes her ambitions obvious, which perplexes her brother, who is well known for his lack of anthusiasm. And now, the little sister, in a cross-interview, can give her views on her brother, mixing praise and critique. "You're my God! When you play, I love watching you. When you lose, I'm even sadder than when I lose. When you're hurt, I suffer. When you talk to me, I drink your words. When you come to see me playing, I'm beside myself with joy. For me you have the biggest talent of any player and I don't have half of your talent. The only thing I have more of than you, is that I like working more than you do, I could be doing only this for 24hours a day, and it's not your case, I know it."

The Russian's frankness and success are an exception. Dinara is making her way in life naturally, wanting to win everything and quickly, with the support of a family that has dedicated their life to tennis, a father who is the manager of a club in Moscow, a mother who is also her coach. Certainly, like her, some players gain their independence from their brother's results. For instance, Michaella Krajicek, Richard's half-sister, was world junior # 2, at only fifteen. If she doesn't have the same results, she has, for sure, the former Wimbledon winner's talent.

Cara Black doesn't seem to suffer much either from the comparison drawn between her and her brothers Wayne and especially Byron Black, former world # 22. # 1 in juniors in 1997, the Zimbabwean whose best WTA singles rank, world # 31, dates back to March 1999, has mostly excelled in doubles. The young woman was even # 3 in this field in November 2001. And the parallel drawn between her and her brothers is all the less heavy since they are often partners. Together with Wayne, expert in doubles too, she won Roland Garros mix doubles tournament in 2002.

But everything can get complicated very quickly. It's hard to bear mediocrity with such an excellent family example, especially if you have to be better than your sister. Elke Clijters is aware of this. Her elder sister, Kim, twenty years old, already has 20 titles and a world # 1 rank kept for twelve weeks. The Belgian youngest sister is two years younger, but has a much smaller accomplishment. No tournament victory, a # 431 rank at the end of 2003, two defeats in Fed Cup semi-finals this year versus the United States. At the same age, Kim already had a Grand Slam final to her credit. But the situation doesn't only presents disadvantages: "Everybody compares me to my sister. But on the other hand, there are advantages too, like getting wild-cards for some tournaments." admitted Elke. Kim offered an apartment and a car to her young sister, because Elke has a victory to her credit. Kim met Lleyton Hewitt thanks to her, during the Australian Open in 2000. She had asked her big sister to get an autograph of the Australian player for her. Almost four years later, the marriage of the Belgian lady and the Australian man is announced. Just a coincidence, Lleyton Hewitt has a little sister too. Jaslyn, twenty years old, is ranked # 541. Far away from the # 1rank that her brother, two years older than she, occupied for a long time. She has experienced some success as a junior, but the transition to senior is difficult. Jaslyn couldn't get a wild-card for the Australian Open 2004. Yet, like her brother, she won tournaments for young people at her beginnnings, and as she was one of Australia's most promising young tennis player, she already said at 16 that she wanted to be world # 1. For the moment she is in the shadow of her brother. And just like Elke, Michaella, Dinara or even Cara, only one thing can get her out of it: victory.

** Translated by Gwen, proofreader Eva (www.dinarasafina.com)

03-10-2004, 02:09 AM
Interesting read. Thanks. :)

03-10-2004, 11:46 AM
thank you anik. very interesting!

03-10-2004, 02:18 PM
Nice article :)

03-22-2004, 04:37 AM
Any news on whether Dinara is playing Miami?

03-22-2004, 04:47 AM
she is on the entry list... *shrug* I guess we will find out tomorrow when the draw comes out

03-22-2004, 09:08 PM
Dinara's quarter of the draw...

Jennifer Capriati (4) v bye
Alexandra Stevenson v Klara Koukalova
Akiko Morigami v Q
bye v Eleni Daniilidou (25)

Dinara Safina (23) v bye
Anabel Medina Garrigues v Tatiana Golovin
Jelena Jankovic v Claudine Schaul
bye v Magdalena Maleeva (14)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (10) v bye
Anne Kremer v Yoon Jeong Cho
Q v Aniko Kapros
bye v Tina Pisnik (22)

Karolina Sprem (29) v bye
Q v Julia Vakulenko
Maria Vento-Kabchi v Q
bye v Ai Sugiyama (6)

03-22-2004, 09:09 PM
oh goodie she's playing...

Davai Dinara!

03-22-2004, 09:10 PM
thanks for the draw Nicki :kiss:

03-26-2004, 09:53 PM
Dinara's match has restarted, she's down 1-2 and has been broken both times she served :rollseyes:

03-26-2004, 10:44 PM
Dinara lost the first set 6/1 :mad:

03-27-2004, 12:01 AM
Dinara lost 6/1 6/2 :mad:

She is playing with Jelena Dokic in doubles so hopefully she can do well there

03-28-2004, 06:32 AM
Oafette! :(

Terrible scoreline...wonder what happened?

03-28-2004, 07:20 PM
Safin's sister in tears as defeat proves too much

By John Roberts in Key Biscayne, Florida 28 March 2004

Dinara Safin was inconsolable after losing her opening match at the Nasdaq Open here. The 18-year-old Russian's sobbing was unabated as she sat on her racket bag waiting for transportation back to her hotel in Miami. Her mother, Raouza, who is also Safina's coach, was unable to reassure her.

The 23rd-seeded Safina may have been distraught simply because she had been beaten, 6-1 6-2, by Tatiana Golovin, a French wild card against whom she had not previously crossed rackets. Perhaps the frustration of seeing her best shots blown out of bounds by the wind contributed to her distress. Or maybe she was troubled by a personal problem. Whatever the reason, Safina was not a happy Muscovite.

She arrived in South Florida as one of nine Russians in the women's singles draw, and a strong domestic rivalry is one of the reasons why she and her countrywomen are flooding the sport, each trying to outdo the others. As one observer remarked in reference to the tearful Safina: "It would be nice to think that Britain's women players cared that much about winning and losing." The Russian men on the international tennis scene are not so numerous, but they have always been noted for speaking their mind. Safina's older brother, Marat Safin, is a case in point.

A former world No 1, the tall, powerful Safin is best known for whipping Pete Sampras in the 2000 US Open final and breaking his racket at the drop of a point. Injuries forced him out of the top 50 last year, but the 24-year-old advanced to the Australian Open final in January and is No 2 in the ATP Champions Race, the measure of current form.

Safin, like his sister, is not thrilled about everything around him and has been critical here about the television coverage and the way the ATP Tour promotes the sport.

His latest outburst was triggered when he was asked by a reporter why Juan-Carlos Ferrero, of Spain, the French Open champion absent from the Nasdaq Open because of chicken pox, is not popular in the United States. Contending that Americans were only interested in their own players and that "nobody really cares about the Spanish players", Safin blamed the level of television coverage.

"Nobody shows tennis," Safin said, "and if they show it, there are some matches that nobody cares about. So who is going to watch? People don't know who is who and they don't really care because it's not interesting... and because you cannot even see them on TV. They don't promote [tennis] very well. They don't get enough hours on TV because it's not entertaining any more."

Safin, it may be remembered, was fined a few years ago for not giving his best effort at the Australian Open. One season he played on when not fully recovered from injury, arguing that if he stopped he would miss out on a year-end bonus. He is a quirky individual with enormous talent, and that makes him one of the sport's cherished characters.

03-29-2004, 12:16 AM
Monday schedule

Court 2 - 11:00 AM Start

1. Nadia Petrova (RUS) [8] vs Alicia Molik (AUS) [24]
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [10] vs Karolina Sprem (CRO) [29]
3. Elena Dementieva (RUS) [5] vs Jelena Dokic (SCG) [12]
4. Maret Ani (EST)/Libuse Prusova (CZE) vs
Nadia Petrova (RUS)/Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) [6]
5. Nicolas Kiefer (GER)/Rainer Schuettler (GER) vs
Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Max Mirnyi (BLR) [2]
6. Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie (ROM)/Samantha Reeves (USA) vs
Jelena Dokic (SCG)/ Dinara Safina (RUS)

03-29-2004, 01:41 AM

other pictures coming on monday

03-29-2004, 09:39 AM
she looks really pretty on this pic thx!

03-30-2004, 12:53 AM
All pics of Dinara :)


03-30-2004, 01:31 AM
Match of Monday is now Tuesday

Court 3 - 10:00 AM Start

1. Novak (CZE)/ Stepanek (CZE) vs Erlich (ISR)/ Ram (ISR)
2. Ani (EST)/ Prusova (CZE) vs Petrova (RUS)/ Shaughnessy (USA) [6]
3. Dragomir Ilie (ROM)/ Reeves (USA) vs Dokic (SCG)/ Safina (RUS)

03-30-2004, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the pics :)

03-30-2004, 07:00 PM
you welcome :)

Dragomir Ilie and Reeves defeated Dinara and Jelena 6-3 6-3

next tournament
Bausch & Lomb Championships - Amelia Island, FL, USA

03-30-2004, 07:46 PM
Too bad, but she needs to focus on clay now. I hope she can really become consistent when she turns 18. She might do some damage when RG comes around if she works hard.

03-30-2004, 10:15 PM
She loves playing on clay so lets hope she'll have better results there. Davai Dinara!

03-30-2004, 10:16 PM
Thanks Anik for the pics. :)

03-31-2004, 09:51 PM

Teenager Maria Sharapova could make her Fed Cup debut for Russia in April as the country moves to ensure she can play in the Athens Olympics in August. Fellow teenage prodigies Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova could also face Australia in the World Group tie.

Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev said the trio needed Fed Cup experience to be eligible for the Olympics.

"We want all three, Sharapova, Safina and Kuznetsova, to be eligible for the Athens Olympics," said Tarpischev.

04-01-2004, 08:32 AM
That's great news :)

04-01-2004, 09:34 PM
I'm happy for Dinara. It will be good experience for her. :)

04-03-2004, 05:59 PM
Dinara vs Tamarine TANASUGARN (THA) in first round.

If Dinara win, she plays against Justine in second round.

04-04-2004, 10:50 PM
Monday Schedule

Center - Starting at 10 AM

Tamarine TANASUGARN vs Dinara SAFINA

04-05-2004, 02:38 PM
Dinara won the 1st set 6/1 :)

04-05-2004, 03:07 PM
safina / tammy 6-1 6-3

next, justine henin !!!

04-05-2004, 03:09 PM
:woohoo: hopefully she can do well against Justine

04-05-2004, 11:51 PM
Tuesday Schedule

Stadium - 7:15 PM Start

Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) [1] vs Dinara Safina (RUS)

04-06-2004, 09:24 AM
davai dinara!

04-06-2004, 09:38 AM
Ouch ... one of my least favourite matchups. I can't support anyone but Justine, but I definitely hope Dinara can fully show her game and fightingspirit!

04-06-2004, 12:44 PM
Dinara all the way :)

Hopefully she can finally play a match against Justine. Just play your game Dinara!

U D A C H I :D

04-06-2004, 03:52 PM
I'm a die hard fan of Justine but I wish good luck to Dinara

04-06-2004, 06:25 PM
:wavey: hey BNO, welcome! We have the same faves! Do hang around here, it's great fun even though it's a bit quiet now with Marat not playing...

04-07-2004, 12:18 AM
Dinara lost the 1st set 6/4

http://smileys.******************/cat/18/18_1_103.gif C'mon Dinara!!!!

04-07-2004, 01:21 AM
Safina / Henin 4-6 6-7 (6-8)

04-07-2004, 07:46 AM
The score seems close. I read on another board that she had breakpoints against Justine,but couldn't convert them.

04-07-2004, 08:46 AM
ugh, that match had so many break points(23), breaks of serve (9), unforced errors(86) and double faults(19), it was sickening! :rolleyes:

Dinara was up 4-2 in the second set, unfortunately she couldn't hold on the the lead :banghead:

But she won 10 games off of Henin, which is better than most people have done this year :)

Hopefully she did well enough that Tarpishchev will play her at Fed Cup next week :D

04-07-2004, 10:39 AM
wow, at least it was a close match:) Good effort, Dinara. And next time she will use her chances!

04-07-2004, 10:59 AM
Yeah, on the Justine-chat there was a lot of swearing and quite a few heart attacks! Now I'm gonna read some reports on the match to find out how good Dinara was or how bad Justine. Probably a bit of both.

04-07-2004, 11:56 AM
pics from thr match

what do you think about the outfit;)

04-07-2004, 12:28 PM
:ras: ummm well... let's put it this way, I won't be making any wallpapers featuring this particular outfit, :lol: hopefully it doesn't stick around too long

04-07-2004, 12:33 PM
oh yeah, i forgot to say thanks Andrea, I'd been looking for pics from Amelia Island and hadn't found any http://smileys.******************/cat/4/4_17_4.gif

04-07-2004, 12:57 PM
Nic you don't like the outfit ? LOL I don't think it's that bad... :cool:

04-07-2004, 01:20 PM
It looks like the dress doesn't do much to a woman's body ;)

04-07-2004, 01:27 PM
Guys opinion: the dress sucks! all the way.

04-07-2004, 01:33 PM
I dont like it either.

04-07-2004, 01:35 PM
The best dress Adidas ever made was the white and blue one she wore last season.

I think its the first time Vass shared his opinion on such matters ;)

04-07-2004, 01:43 PM
I think its the first time Vass shared his opinion on such matters ;)

Adidas' women's tennis wear is hideous. This one is i-don't-know, black-white makes everyone's belly look too large and doesn't compliment the body in general, the rest are horrendous too. The only one not bad was last summer's white with some light blue stripes.

04-07-2004, 01:48 PM
i like the dress with the stripes too. The best Adidas outfit by the way is worn by Karolina Sprem. I don't know if you've seen her white-orange combo. Another outfit I liked was Nastya's Puma outfit (like serena) and the one she's wearing now.

04-07-2004, 02:01 PM
Adidas' women's tennis wear is hideous. This one is i-don't-know, black-white makes everyone's belly look too large and doesn't compliment the body in general, the rest are horrendous too. The only one not bad was last summer's white with some light blue stripes.

Gee who thought that Vass was a fashionista ;)

04-07-2004, 02:09 PM

Vass is becoming a handsome russian metrosexual ;)

04-07-2004, 02:39 PM
others pics :)





04-07-2004, 02:42 PM
Gee who thought that Vass was a fashionista ;)
It does matter if a woman has a chance of wearing something more... I'll rephrase...clothes that (to quote myself) "bcompliment the body" and don't take it.

Vass is becoming a handsome russian metrosexual
people I need an online dictionary

04-07-2004, 02:46 PM
people I need an online dictionary

It's a good thing Vass!

04-08-2004, 03:14 AM
people I need an online dictionary

simply put, you take care of yourself.
and methinks adidas is running out of ideas.

04-08-2004, 05:48 AM
it's true... u all are right!! the new outfit it's weird... i didn't like it too much. not very sexy han??? otherwise of serenas' outfits. lol.... :p

04-08-2004, 05:52 AM

Vass is becoming a handsome russian metrosexual ;)

METROSESUAL??????????????? :haha:

04-08-2004, 11:50 AM
Updated WTA Rankings April 12

29 SAFINA 976.75 (Best ranking for Dinara :) )

04-08-2004, 11:53 AM
thats great! :yeah:

04-08-2004, 12:19 PM
Go Dinara!

04-08-2004, 12:23 PM
Wow! That's good! :yeah:

04-08-2004, 12:24 PM
On to the top 25!

On the Adidas-clothes, I think they're pretty ok. Current ones aren't very flattering, but I remember some great ones from Hingis. And last years blue and white was real pretty, especially the top was cut beautifully imo. But I might be very biased, cuz that's the outfit in which the Justinator showed some equally gorgeous tennis...

04-08-2004, 01:04 PM
great job dinara! woohoo! now things start to look up.

04-08-2004, 01:14 PM
she's turning 18 and clay suits her so hopefully she'll keep climbing the rankings :)

04-08-2004, 01:25 PM
METROSESUAL??????????????? :haha:


(met.roh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. :haha:

04-08-2004, 01:29 PM
I love the term and I love metrosexuals ;)

04-08-2004, 02:03 PM

(met.roh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. An urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.
It means that?! Ilhame I didn't insult you did I? :mad:

04-08-2004, 02:08 PM
No you didn't Vass! :hug:

04-11-2004, 08:49 AM
Updated WTA Rankings April 12

29 SAFINA 976.75 (Best ranking for Dinara :) )

Bravo Dinara! :bigclap:

She's now higher ranked than her big bro :o

04-11-2004, 08:53 AM
She's now higher ranked than her big bro :o

Who would've thought that was possible? :o

04-11-2004, 09:09 AM
Same on you MArat! Bravo Dinara!
Marat get back in there and show her what you're worth! Show her who's the best.
:secret: Marat it is you who's better - Just so that you don't make a mistake.

04-11-2004, 08:45 PM
:o time to change that, Marat!!!

Great for Dinara Dinara, tho! :clap2:

04-12-2004, 01:08 AM
marattttttt!!! go out there and kick ass! like...NOW... THIS WEEK. don't let dinara put you to shame. or at least, you can both be number 1 together, on your respective tours that is.

04-17-2004, 05:25 PM
thanks nelia :)


04-17-2004, 05:26 PM
aaw, thats a very nice pic of Dinara. Thanks anik :)

04-17-2004, 07:22 PM
marattttttt!!! go out there and kick ass! like...NOW... THIS WEEK. don't let dinara put you to shame. or at least, you can both be number 1 together, on your respective tours that is.

That's it! Dinara should keep ahead so Marat is forced to catch up with her... proof has been established this week!

04-19-2004, 01:24 AM
yep yep yep... go dinara! then marat can play catch up. since he likes making life difficult for himself anyway. sigh.

nice picture anik, thanks.

nice sweater, dinara

04-26-2004, 06:17 PM
April 27 2004 - Happy 18th Birthday Dinara !!!

Say happy birthday to Dinara here http://dinarasafina.proboards20.com/index.cgi?board=ForfansofDinara&action=display&num=1083001701&start=0

04-27-2004, 05:00 AM

04-27-2004, 05:46 AM
Happy 18th Birthday Dinara!!!


_ _me_ _
04-27-2004, 09:55 AM

05-01-2004, 01:17 PM
Berlin - First round

31 Safina, Dinara RUS vs 16 Farina Elia, Silvia ITA

05-02-2004, 01:11 PM
Thank you again Naomi :wavey:

Australian Tennis Magazine – November 2002

Dinara Safina: Growing and Glowing in the Giant’s Shadow

Marat Safin might be a big star but incredibly, it’s sister Dinara, who’s just 16 and not even competing full time yet, who can boast bigger on-court success this year (2002).

Vivienne Christie Reports

When 16-year old Russian Dinara Safina became the first qualifier and youngest player in history to win the Sopot Open in Poland, the thought that she’d managed to do something her world number 2 brother Marat Safin hadn’t managed all year – win a tournament – didn’t seem to cross her mind. She was too busy actually calling Marat to tell him the good news to even think of that. And then she had another tricky problem to address.

“He often bought me gifts after he won tournaments,” Safina told Reuters. “So now after telling him that I won, I have to think what to give him as a present. He already had many things he needs, so I must really think hard to make it a lasting memory.”

Not that Dinara seems to have anything to worry about in the “lasting memory” department. At 14, she was already being touted as the new Anna Kournikova (she also gave something of her killer attitude away when she announced to a group of reporters that she didn’t want to emulate Kournikova “because she hasn’t won anything yet.”).

Now, with her first title filed comfortably, she has risen from 394 to 70 in the world rankings and grown to a height of 182 cm this year. It seems only a matter of time before the young Russian with the heavy groundstrokes is giving the power hitter a run for the money.

Playing her first main draw Grand Slam event, Dinara upset higher-ranked Rita Grande in the first round of this year’s (2002) US Open before an unfortunate second round meeting with hotter-than-ever Serena Williams, who annihilated her younger opponent 6-0 6-1. But even that experience will ultimately prove a worthwhile one for Safina.

“Come on, she’s 16 years old. When I was 16, I was playing satellites in Spain. I was staying in a hotel for $15 a night,” insisted Marat when asked to interpret his sister’s experience. “Every 16-year-old guy is just starting to play satellites, not even close. They’re playing national tournaments, which is the lowest thing in the world”.

“And she’s 16 years old, playing Serena, number 1 in the world, centre court and the people are watching. You play satellites, the people, they don’t even watch. They have no linesmen even.”

In New York Marat stressed to his sister that at such a young age, it is important to keep her ambitions in check. “The most important thing is to enjoy tennis, not just play,” he said. “To enjoy (and) have fun is what I want for my sister.”

Which is a sentiment that Safina’s mother and coach, rauza Islanova, who was a top ten player in the former Soviet Union in the 1960’s and 70’s echoes. “The Sopot win was a huge morale-booster for Dinara, but obviously she is not yet ready to tackle dominant players like the Williams sisters or Capriati on a daily basis,” Islanova told Reuters.

“Bt we’re not in a rush. It’s not like we have set a time for Dinara to mover into the top 100 this year and into the top 50 or 40 next year. Actually, I think she is already a bit ahead of what was expected of her.”

For the moment, Dinara can enjoy the milestones she’s so far achieved, which included reaching the Wimbledon junior girl’s final last year (2001). The win in Sopot not only netted $US50, 000 in prize money but also adde to her existing endorsements (like Marat she has a long-term deal with Adidas).

“In the past, it was Marat who mostly sponsored her tennis career. But now Dinara can afford to pay her coached and even brings home some money,” says Islanova.

While she’s clearly made an impact on the Sanex WTA tour, Dinara is not yet old enough to play a full schedule, which means choosing her tournaments carefully and focusing on practice. Islanova says there is still plenty of work for her daughter to do in developing more power, working on her footwork and improving her speed if she’s going to challenge the world’s top players.

Rather than racking up matches on the junior circuit, Islanova is directing Dinara to spend more time practicing at the tennis academy in Valencia Spain, where Marat also honed much of hit ability as a youngster.

“It doesn’t make much sense now. Junior tennis is completely different game, and it’s hard to adjust, switching from one to the other,” Islanova explained. “Besides, after reaching the Wimbledon girl’s final last year, Dinara has little to gain from playing junior events now.”

And although she’d clearly not your average 16-year-old, Dinara still has to contend with many of the same things as other teenagers – including homework. With the Safin family maintaining residences in both Russia and Spain, she is currently taking correspondence courses form a Moscow school. As soon as she returned form the US Open, Dinara had to contend with exams.

“Tennis is her top priority, but she is doing fine in school as well,” says Islanova, who is proud of all of her daughter’s successes. “She is fluent in two languages, Spanish and Russian, and is also learning English at the moment.”

Whether Dinara turns out to be as colourful in the language department as her immensely quotable older brother is not yet known, but it is clear she shares his talent. Not that she’s about to start offering advice to her brother on how to break his title drought. “Oh no, I wouldn’t dare teach or even tell him what to do,” Dinara stresses. “I’m his biggest fan and I still look up to him tennis-wise. I think it’s just a matter of time before he starts winning again.”

05-02-2004, 01:17 PM
Double draw

Petrova / Shaughnessy vs Bye
Stewart / Stosur vs Hantuchova / Safina
Dhenin / Parra vs Ani / Gagliardi
Yan / Zheng vs Daniilidou / Vento-Kabchi

Monday Schedule Court 4 - 12:00

Jelena Kostanic CRO vs Tina Pisnik SLO
Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI vs Cara Black ZIM
Stefanie Gehrlein GER vs Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA
Stewart / Stosur vs Hantuchova / Safina

05-03-2004, 03:04 PM
Dinara plays Maria Sharapova in first round, Silvia withdrew !!!

double result:
Stewart / Stosur defeated Dina and Dani 0-6 6-1 6-4 :(

05-03-2004, 05:08 PM
Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Shaughnessy vs. Dokic
2. Safina vs. Sharapova

05-04-2004, 01:21 PM
Maria Sharapova def. Dinara Safina 6-1 1-6 6-3 :(

05-04-2004, 01:44 PM
Hmm! Too bad for Dinara! :sad: :sad: Sharapova is simply amazing!

05-04-2004, 08:13 PM
11 Nice new pics of Dinara from SteffenS here : http://dinarasafina.proboards20.com/index.cgi?board=ForfansofDinara&num=1071538263&action=display&start=195

many thanks to SteffenS :worship:

05-04-2004, 08:19 PM
danke Steffen.

Dinara :sad: does anyone what exactly she had in the third set when she called the trainer?

05-05-2004, 11:06 AM
no idea..... and they probably won't tell us, cos the wta never talks abt her. and no one reports abt her either...bah.

05-08-2004, 11:15 AM
Rome - First Round


05-08-2004, 01:02 PM
Udachi Dinara :D

05-08-2004, 01:40 PM
Dinara :sad: does anyone what exactly she had in the third set when she called the trainer?
I'll try to find out.

05-08-2004, 01:43 PM
Her draw is pretty easy.

05-08-2004, 04:47 PM
Her draw is pretty easy.

good first round for Dina but the second....

Zvonareva [8] vs bye :rolleyes:
Safina vs Santangelo [WC]

Bovina vs Pisnik
Barna vs Schnyder [11]

05-09-2004, 01:11 PM
pretty though draw !

05-09-2004, 07:22 PM
Double Draw

Dina/Dani vs (8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) / Meilen Tu (USA).

Monday Schedule

Pallacorda - 1pm
Mara Santangelo vs Dinara Safina

05-10-2004, 04:58 AM
come on girl!!!!!!!! smoke through the draw!!! get seeded at RG!!!

05-10-2004, 12:20 PM
Dinara - Santangelo 6-3 6-2

next, Vera !!!

05-10-2004, 12:51 PM
Good Dinara!!! :yeah: Now it will be tough match against Vera! Go Dinara!!!! :bigclap:

05-10-2004, 01:25 PM
Dinara leads Vera 1-0 :)
2002-07-22 Sopot 6-3 6-2

05-10-2004, 02:29 PM
way to go Dinara.

good luck against Vera (I like vera too, tho :sad: )

05-10-2004, 08:34 PM
Tuesday Schedule

Court 5 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Suarez vs. Zuluaga
2. Loit vs. Likhovtseva
3. Garbin/Santangelo vs. Schett/Tarabini
4. Bartoli/Tu vs. Hantuchova/Safina

05-11-2004, 08:22 AM
yeah dina!!!!!! great job yesterday! keep it coming!

05-11-2004, 05:42 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Court 6 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Kuznetsova vs. Marrero
2. Pierce vs. Sugiyama
3. Zvonareva vs. Safina
4. Pierce/Sanchez-Vicario vs. Dementieva/Pratt

05-11-2004, 07:24 PM
Dina and Dani defeated Bartoli / Tu 2-6 7-5 6-1 :bounce:
In the next round, they will play Maret Ani and Emmanuelle Gagliardi.

05-12-2004, 07:03 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: *wires brain to send telepathic msgs* win this thing win this thing win this thing

05-12-2004, 03:45 PM
dina vs vera 6-1 4-6 2-6 :sad:

05-12-2004, 05:11 PM
damm Dinara :sad:

05-12-2004, 06:38 PM
Thursday, May 13, 2004

Pallacorda (from 13.00hrs)
1. Pennetta vs. Smashnova-Pistolesi
2. Suarez vs. Capriati
3. Husarova/Martinez or Camerin/Marrero vs. Ad.Serra Zanetti/An.Serra Zanetti
4. Ruano Pascual/Suarez vs. Dulko/Sharapova
5. Hantuchova/Safina vs. Ani/Gagliardi (TBA; NB 21.00hrs)

05-12-2004, 07:27 PM
Dina asked for a wild card for Strasbourg next week :)

05-13-2004, 02:21 PM
you go girl! don't tire yourself out too much! keep the energy for RG

05-15-2004, 07:05 PM


05-15-2004, 08:48 PM
Best of Luck to Dinara. Hopefully a successfull week :) YOU GO GIRL!

05-15-2004, 08:52 PM
not bad at all.

05-17-2004, 06:43 PM
18 May 2004 - COURT CENTRAL

A partir de 10 heures :

05-18-2004, 12:16 PM
(Q) Milagros Sequera (VEN) d. (6) Dinara Safina (RUS) 26 62 75

05-18-2004, 01:22 PM
Oh................... :(

05-18-2004, 02:15 PM
Dinara :eek: :( :sad:

05-18-2004, 02:22 PM
(Q) Milagros Sequera (VEN) d. (6) Dinara Safina (RUS) 26 62 75

OMG indeed! :sad: :sobbing:

05-21-2004, 11:35 AM
RG - first round

Dina plays Julia Schruff GER in first round

05-22-2004, 01:42 AM
ALL THE BEST DINA! first two rounds should be ok... it's the 3rd we've got to watch out for...though i'm hoping for a nice upset... :devil:

li'l red
05-22-2004, 01:46 AM
good luck dinara! hope u and big brother will make it far in RG ;)

05-22-2004, 09:10 PM
dinara's gonna play doubles with hantuchova on RG :bounce:

05-22-2004, 09:25 PM

05-23-2004, 02:16 PM

Court 7 11:00 Start

1. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[32] v. Julia Schruff (GER)

05-23-2004, 02:26 PM
DAVAI DINA!!!!!!!!!:banana:

05-24-2004, 11:24 AM
Dinara - Schruff 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-3

second round - Marissa Irvin USA (Q)

05-24-2004, 12:25 PM
Dinara had an exceptional number of aces today. Well done.

05-24-2004, 12:50 PM
yeah. gave me a shock to see the stats!

05-25-2004, 03:40 PM
Court 6 11:00 Start

Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)v. Lisa Raymond (USA)[28]
Mariano Zabaleta (ARG)[30] v. Mario Ancic (CRO)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)v. Andrei Pavel (ROM)[21]
Dinara Safina (RUS)[32] v. Marissa Irvin (USA)

05-26-2004, 11:54 AM
i'd like to watch that R1 match... 21 aces is kinda hard to believe. plus julia's 17, makes it even more bizarre.

05-26-2004, 03:35 PM
thursday schedule

Court 9 Début à 11:00
Bertolini (ITA) / Koenig (RSA) v. Coetzee (RSA) / Chris Haggard (RSA)
Gubacsi (HUN) / Kyra Nagy (HUN) v. Garbin (ITA) / Reeves (USA)
Ani (EST) / Gagliardi (SUI) v. Petrova (RUS) / Shaughnessy (USA)[4]
Vento-Kabchi (VEN) / Widjaja (INA)[8] v. Hantuchova (SVK) / Safina (RUS)

05-26-2004, 05:15 PM
they moved Dinara and Marissa's match to court 5, they are on right now :)

05-26-2004, 06:46 PM
Dinara lost to Marissa Irvin 7-6(5) 6-2

05-27-2004, 01:31 AM

05-27-2004, 03:03 PM
Dani / Dina d. Vento-Kabchi / Widjaja (8) 6-1 6-1

next : Craybas / Weingartner

05-27-2004, 07:06 PM
I spoke with Dinara today. She's sorry for her bad results. She lost a lot of confidence and she work really hard to come back in top shape. She doesn't work any more with Hubert. They stop last week after she lost her match against sequera. Her mother is her trainer for the moment...

05-28-2004, 12:07 AM
eh.... gee. did he get fired, or did he just get pissed off and decide to stop working with her?

05-28-2004, 12:52 AM
I dont say all what she said but Dinara dont want working with Hubert

05-28-2004, 11:54 AM
thanks anik!

05-29-2004, 02:49 AM
You welcome sirius :wavey:

next tour for Dina

Jun 14 The Hastings Direct Intl. Championships
Eastbourne - GBR $585,000
Tier II

06-12-2004, 03:15 PM
The Hastings Direct Intl. Championships

Sugiyama (3) - bye
Safina - Q
Hantuchova (WC) - Frazier
Sprem - Smashnova-Pistolesi (6)

06-14-2004, 09:41 PM
Bartoli/Casanova def. Dinara/Zvonareva 6-4 5-7 6-2 :sad:

Dinara plays Elena Likhovtseva Tuesday at noon on court 2

06-14-2004, 11:59 PM
http://www.dinarasafina.com/photo/Eastbourne/1_2004.jpg http://www.dinarasafina.com/photo/Eastbourne/2_2004.jpg

Players Supporting Euro 2004 Teams

EASTBOURNE, England - In a show of support for their teams competing in Euro 2004 in Portugal, five players donned the jerseys of their country's team and spent some time kicking some balls on Monday.
The players showing support for their teams were Magdalena Maleeva (Bulgaria), Nathalie Dechy (France), Silvia Farina Elia (Italy), Anne Keothavong (England) and Dinara Safina (Russia).

06-15-2004, 01:20 PM
Dinara lost her first single match to Likhovtseva 6(3)-7 5-7

06-16-2004, 02:14 PM
Dinara is seeded 29 for Wimbledon

06-16-2004, 09:47 PM
Eastbourne has a tourney (The Eastbourne Cup) for all the 1st round losers in the main draw and for anyone who lost in the qualies draw so Dinara is still playing. :)

The Eastbourne Cup Draw
(1) Farina Elia v Pratt
Stewart v Castano
(4) Frazier v Jidkova
Stosur v Keothavong
Reeves v Baltacha
Callens v (3) Safina
Ashley v Grande
Navratilova v (2) Smashnova-Pistolesi

Dinara beat Els Callens 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in the 1st round :banana:

(3) Dinara will play Elena Baltacha on Thurday, third up on Court 2

06-17-2004, 10:05 AM
in the main draw of wimbledon dinara plays some person with a spanish name i've never heard of!! she's in the top half

06-17-2004, 12:22 PM
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP)

06-21-2004, 07:52 PM
Tuesday Schedule

Court 18 12.00 noon Start

1. Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Elena Dementieva (RUS)[6] v. Sandra Kleinova (CZE)
followed by:
2. Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Antony Dupuis (FRA) v. Tommy Haas (GER)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)[21] v. Lars Burgsmuller (GER)
4. Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ashley Harkleroad (USA) v. Els Callens (BEL)
5. Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[29] v. Arantxa Parra (ESP)

06-21-2004, 10:33 PM
actually they moved Dinara's match, she is now playing 5th on Court 3 :)

06-22-2004, 01:14 AM
Altho I usually cheer for Spanish players, I make an exception and cheer for Dinara tomorrow:


li'l red
06-22-2004, 03:15 AM
goodluck dinara!

06-22-2004, 06:59 PM
Rain delay - Dinara's match moved

Court 3 11.00 noon Start

Hilton (GBR) leads Costa (ESP) T/F 5-1
Safina (RUS)[29] vs Parra Santonja (ESP)

06-23-2004, 11:55 PM
gee...an entire day of rain.... makes you wonder why the ppl up there at wimby have put off the roofs for so long..... it's been what, raining every year at wimby since goodness knows when!!!!!!!

ah well...

CMON DINARA!!!!!!!!!

06-24-2004, 12:22 PM
Dinara lost 6/0 2/0 ret :sad:

06-24-2004, 12:28 PM
does anyone know what the problem is?

06-24-2004, 01:47 PM
from www.wimbledon.org

Safina Retires

A sobbing Dinara Safina followed her older brother's unhappy example with a first round exit from Wimbledon today. The Russian 29th seed retired from The Championships when trailing the Spanish clay court specialist Arantxa Parra Santonja 0-6, 0-2.

Conversely it was Parra Santonja who appeared nervous at the outset, having to dive off the court for a lavatory break before the match so much as began. But once the business of the day was underway any such nerves must have been replaced by utter bemusement, as the crowd on Court Three witnessed one of the worst displays of Safina's recent career.

Only when eight games of the match had passed without the Russian notching up a single one of them was any explanation forthcoming. The trainer was called to a tearful Safina, and after a brief exchange umpire Fiona Edwards announced to the crowd that the match was over.

The precise cause of Safina's inability to continue was not immediately clear. But for the 35 minutes that the match lasted there was no doubt that this was not going to be her day. Given that Parra Santonja was successfully delivering fewer than half her first serves, the score-line looked increasingly bizarre.

Moreover, it is not as if the 21-year-old Spaniard has been rocketing up the rankings of late and hence might have been regarded as a dangerous floater. Her ranking has been becalmed in the 60s since this time last year. It is Safina - still only just 18 - who has steadily improved and was seeded at Wimbledon this year for the first time.

Written by Kate Battersby

06-24-2004, 02:46 PM
does anyone know what the problem is?

lower back injury

06-24-2004, 11:11 PM
BAD NEWS from Russian Gazetta

Dinara probably comes back in US Open :sad:

06-25-2004, 08:50 AM
damn, not her too! With Justine (and Kim to a lesser extent) already missing, my interest in women's tennis will diminish for a few months... luckily Anastasia is there to save me! :kiss: Dinara

06-25-2004, 02:09 PM
get well soon dina. this sucks big time. (and that's an understatement!)

06-25-2004, 06:50 PM
arghhhhhhhh!! Dinara :sad:

that`s too sad. Get well soon and stay strong :kiss:

08-07-2004, 10:01 PM
yeah!! Dinara is on the draw for Sopot so hopefully her back is healthy!

Singles Draw
1 Anastasia Myskina v bye
ZuzanaOndraskova v Stephanie Cohen-Aloro
Silvija Talaja v Q
Magdalena Kiszczynska v 5 Iveta Benesova

3 Dinara Safina :) v Q
Lubomira Kurhajcova v Alice Canepa
Vera Douchevina v Klara Koukalova
Barbora Strycova v 6 Magui Serna

7 Anca Barna v Henrieta Nagyova
Barbara Schwartz v Q
Nuria Llagostera Vive v Flavia Pennetta
Ludmila Cervanova v Anabel Medina Garrigues

8 Arantxa Parra Santonja v Catalina Castano
Q v Marta Marrero
2 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi v bye

08-08-2004, 04:02 AM
joy to the world...dinara's fine...let safina fans erm..... i'm stuck.

anyway...welcome back dinara! hope she's finally healthy and raring to go.

08-08-2004, 10:13 AM
good luck Dinara :wavey:
do you have any news on her supposed new coach? or she's training again with her mother...

08-08-2004, 11:14 AM
oh thats great news!
Udachi Dinara!

08-08-2004, 11:37 AM
yay! for her comeback.

08-09-2004, 06:56 PM
Tomorrow : Court 1:

starting at 14.30:
1. Ferrer v Garcia-Lopez
2. Safina v Pastikova

08-10-2004, 09:39 AM

08-10-2004, 12:37 PM
it's been awhile, UDACHI DINARA!!

08-10-2004, 04:26 PM
Dinara win her first match 6-4 6-4 at Sopot. Next round, she will meet Lubomira Kurhajcova (SVK).

Dinara vs Lubomira
2003-02-17 Dubai 6-4 6-3
2004-01-20 Australian Open 6-3 7-6 (7-1)

08-10-2004, 04:29 PM
well done dinara :bigclap: :bigclap:
good for the confidence...

08-10-2004, 04:57 PM
great start, Dinara :clap2:

08-10-2004, 07:14 PM
Wednesday schedule

Court 2 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Safina vs. Kurhajcova

08-10-2004, 08:30 PM
Go Dina

08-10-2004, 08:56 PM
Vamos Dinara!! :)

08-11-2004, 01:14 AM
DINARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VAMOS!!!!! great day for the safin camp!

08-11-2004, 03:05 PM
awwww......dina........ cmon now marat!!! u have the family name to uphold!

08-11-2004, 11:05 PM
:sad: it's just one of these days...

08-25-2004, 05:56 PM
US open draw

Elena Dementieva RUS (6) v. Dinara Safina RUS
Qualifier v. Martina Sucha SVK
Jamea Jackson USA v. Cara Black ZIM
Jelena Dokic SCG v. Nathalie Dechy FRA (28)
Fabiola Zuluaga COL (23) v. Myriam Casanova SUI
Tathiana Garbin ITA v. Mara Santangelo ITA
Els Callens BEL v. Qualifier
Henrieta Nagyova SVK v. Vera Zvonareva RUS (10)

08-25-2004, 06:02 PM
damm, bad draw for Dinara. Against Elena :(

Anyway, UDACHI !!!

08-25-2004, 06:22 PM
It's not going to be easy and I like them both :(

li'l red
08-26-2004, 07:46 AM
oh no...
too bad.... i like them both too...

08-27-2004, 05:23 AM
i'm sorry if this is late..
dinara lost to lisa raymond 1-6 6-3 2-6 on the 1st rnd of pilot pen

on doubles..she teamed up with hantuchova they won their first match against maria sharapova and maria kirilenko 7-6(9) 6-3
but lost to nadia petrova and meghann shaughnessy 26 64 16

08-28-2004, 01:26 PM
thanks sofia.... nice to see u here!

08-28-2004, 01:27 PM
looks like another first round loss :(

08-28-2004, 01:45 PM
hey joeb..... it's not looking too good...but....IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!!!!

08-28-2004, 01:57 PM
the draw isnt to bad if she can win the first match