Can Dinara outlast Marat in OZ Open?

01-18-2004, 02:16 PM
My answer was 50-50.

01-18-2004, 03:38 PM
50-50 Dinara is a darkhorse, and so is Marat.

01-18-2004, 06:05 PM
I have more faith in Marat than in Dinara.

Dinara's mom is kinda hard on her. :sad:

01-18-2004, 06:11 PM
She has a new coach,and she is talented, maybe a little underated.

01-18-2004, 06:13 PM
I think Dinara is talented.

I didn't know about the new coach. That's positive.

01-18-2004, 11:09 PM
Well, I wish the best for the both of them.
But I hope and I think (but I hope more) Marat will go longer than her.

01-19-2004, 02:23 AM
Well, we are talking about the safin family here...
So...everything is possible!!!!!
but i think Marat has more least i hope he does!

01-19-2004, 02:40 AM
Well i've fallen in love with Dinara after sydney last week, so i would love to see her do well but yeh you have to think that Marat has a better chance of doing well because he seems to be on a mission and is playing some good tennis.

01-19-2004, 06:37 AM
I like Dinara but I give Marat the definite edge. I hope and expect to see him around in week #2.

01-19-2004, 10:47 AM
Marat probably, but her draw isn't too hard either. At least when Clijsters doesn't go through.

01-19-2004, 11:01 AM
after seeing marat play his first round with real conviction (i know, i cheated), i'd say it's unlikely.

01-19-2004, 11:13 AM
Honestly? Fat chance..

01-19-2004, 12:14 PM
No way. Marat can beat anyone in the whole AO mens draw, the same cannot be said for Dinara in the women's draw. And Marat seems to be playing well too, I saw him today and he played great, apart from some minor concetration lapses.

01-19-2004, 12:39 PM
i would say definitely marat, but you never know with this family, but his draw is the better one

01-19-2004, 06:43 PM
Provided Marat is fully fit. Just the edge on Marat. Though, Dinara has become among the best 30 players on the Wtatour. Wish them both a very good Aus-Open.

Ma. Estefania
01-19-2004, 10:48 PM
Unlikely, but possible....

01-21-2004, 11:42 PM
Dinara is one game away from the third round.

7-5, 5-2 against 27th seed Amanda Coetzer.

01-21-2004, 11:50 PM
D. Safina def. A. Coetzer 7-5 6-3.

excellent victory for her!

01-22-2004, 12:39 AM

Have a brother and sister ever both won the singles title at a grand slam? I'd say Dinara and Marat are the best chance of that happening. Oh wait there's always Lleyton and Jaslyn :lol:

01-22-2004, 12:41 AM
Congrats Dinara. I would love if she took out Clijsters in the next round; it is a possibility considering Kimmy's potential injury.

01-22-2004, 12:43 AM
I'm happy for Dinara's win :)

Good luck to her in the next round!

01-22-2004, 12:53 AM
Dinara is talented but Marat is in playing pretty solid... so it's unlikely that safina is going to do better than her brother.

01-22-2004, 02:12 AM
Very unlikely as Clijsters seems to be doing fine, physically. She's killing Camerin 6-0, 1-0. :o

01-22-2004, 05:40 AM
We shouldn't make too big a deal out of Dinara beating Amanda Coetzer. I think that Coetzer, by the time we reach Wimbledon or the US Open, will no longer be seeded and will fall down the rankings big time. She hasn't been worth a thing the last months and I don't see her making any progress. A lot of those young players are capable of beating here, and therefore her place in the top 50 is most definitely at stake.

01-22-2004, 06:38 AM
I like Dinara but I think it's the big bro who will go deeper. Marat is playing well, and hopefully he'll continue doing so or even improve as Oz progresses.

01-22-2004, 08:32 AM
I don't think Dinara will outlast Marat at AO. Her next opponent is Kim Clijsters. Kim's played a brilliant second round match and won it 6-0, 6-0. Dinara might put up a good fight but I don't she'll defeat Kim. Marat's been playing pretty good..

01-22-2004, 09:19 AM
Kim will win in two sets, I think. Not a problem there :)

01-22-2004, 11:16 AM
I think that dinara is not going to win from Kim and Marat has a really good chance to win against Tod Martin

Ma. Estefania
01-22-2004, 03:46 PM
I would love if she took out Clijsters in the next round.

Yeah, I'd love that too. ;)

01-24-2004, 03:22 AM
Well, Marat squeaked through against Todd, but Dinara was helpless against Kim.

So I guess we have our answer.

Tennis Fool
01-24-2004, 12:29 PM
Not when she has no serve.

01-24-2004, 02:32 PM
I thought this was fairly easy to answer. :)

It made me smile when I was listening to the audio and could hear Dinara yelling at herself. I could almost see the way she looked.

01-24-2004, 08:30 PM
Not when she has no serve.

Hopefulyl she can improve that over the years. She is 6'1'' and should take advantage of her height. It'd be disappointing if she became like Elena Dementieva: tall with an inexplicably horrible serve.

01-25-2004, 05:12 PM

I don't know why that made me laugh so much, but it did!!