I found this interview on http://www.dinarasafina.com
I think the interview was done in (or translated into) French and the webmistress tried to translate it into english so I'm not sure if some of the parts that don't make as much sense are due to Dinara's english or the webmistress' english... so I've switched some of the words around in the interview, anything in italics
has been altered by me, if you want to read the unaltered version feel free to visit the website
Dinara Safina, the little sister of big Marat
Sunday 31 aug 2003 - NEW YORK (AFP)
The young Russian Dinara Safina, qualified for the 4th round
of US Open of tennis, for the first time of her career in a Grand Slam, would like to walk in the footsteps
of her famous brother, Marat, the surprise winner
in New York in 2000.
"I walk on his footsteps
. I hope to achieve the same course as or to still better do to him. But I still have far to go
", laughs Safina, who
faces the Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, the number 2 seed, Monday in the fourth round.
Safina (1m82 and 70 kilos) is trained by her mother, Raouza Islanova, but specifies that her brother's precise also invaluable councils to her for better managing her career.
"It helps me alot
. Not only for tennis but also for all that occurs in-outside ground ", the Russian concedes, who however is disappointed to not be able to share her happiness with her big brother.
"It is always a dream to pass one, two or three rounds
in a tournament of the Grand Slam. I would so much have liked to share this moment with Marat but, unfortunately,he is not there."
The big brother, out with US Open, is currently in Moscow, where he slowly
recovers from his left wrist injury
Safina, 17 years, had a beautiful season in 2003, punctuated by her
second title on circuit WTA (this summer in Palermo). The Russian knows however that she
must improve certain aspects of her
play to cross a new stage.
"Of the players like Kim (Clijsters) and Justine are so fast that it is necessary oneself to be made violence to be able to compete with them", explained the small sister, ranked 71 in the world.
"I must also try to be more regular while remaining powerful".
Safina hadn't passed the 1st round
in 2003 Grand Slams, a mishap which it especially justifies by the quality of the adversaries met this year.
"I really did not have chances this year. I always fell on players classified very well: Slovčne Katarina Srebotnik in Australia, the Russian Anastasia Myskina in Roland-Garros and Australian Alicia Molik in Wimbledon."
Next up, Safina is hardly made illusions vs Henin-Hardenne, one of big favorite of the tournament.
"You know, if I win a set and that I am not ridiculous, I will be already very happy", she entrusted.
"She is a so complete player, if strong mentally that if one releases taken as of the first play, it will be very difficult to hold rate."
here is another article
The Genes to Succeed at the Open
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
The most prominent member of Russia's first tennis family is nowhere to be seen at Flushing Meadows. Marat Safin, who won the United States Open in 2000, was here early last week, long enough to have the cast on his left wrist removed and to watch his younger sister, Dinara Safina, win her opening match.
The 71st-ranked Safina has not stopped winning. She advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Claudine Schaul of Luxembourg on Saturday. Her career began in earnest last year at the Open, when she won her first match, then won only one game against Serena Williams in the next.
Despite that experience, she still considers the Open her favorite major tournament. "I just like New York, from the juniors and maybe because my brother won here," the 17-year-old Safina said yesterday.
Her brother won in such style at age 20 - ripping through Pete Sampras in straight sets with his athleticism and impressive two-handed backhand - that it looked very much as if a new tennis era had begun. But it has yet to materialize.
Despite all his talent, Safin has been held back, mostly by injuries. Though he briefly reached No. 1 in the world in 2000, he has yet to win another major title. As the seasons pass and younger, healthier players like Roger Federer and Andy Roddick keep improving, the odds do not increase for Safin.
Though he was brilliant down the stretch last season and in top form in leading Russia to its first Davis Cup title, he has played sparingly this year because of a torn ligament in his wrist. The injury forced him to retire from the Australian Open in January and miss the last three Grand Slam events.
"The game needs a guy like that around; he's a great personality for the game of tennis," said Lleyton Hewitt, who blamed the length of the season, in part, for Safin's physical problems.
Referring to the men's tour and the International Tennis Federation, Hewitt added: "I think there's got to be a way that the ATP or the I.T.F. or everyone has to sit down and work out the schedule. I think the reason I got the chickenpox at the end of 2001 was because I was run down from playing so many matches and a Davis Cup final."
Safina, who splits her time between her native Moscow and her training base in Spain near Valencia, does not yet risk playing too many matches on the WTA Tour. Because of her age, she is still limited by the Tour's age-eligibility rules.
Nearly 6 feet tall, she is, like her brother, an intimidating presence. Though she has won three rounds at the Open, she has yet to play a seeded player. That will change tonight, when she faces second-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, the French Open champion.
"I'm not thinking about winning the tournament yet," Safina said with a laugh. "I'm just thinking about my match tomorrow and just to play good. Last year, I won one game. This year, I will try to win two games and then we'll see."