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Where will Safina end the year ranked?

Dinara Safina is clearly the breakout future top 10er of the year. Tier I title + RG Final is awfully reminiscent of Ivanovic in '07, but Dinara is a little older. Last year she went 17-11 from post-Roland Garros onward, and she has only around 750 points to defend from now until years end. Will she have as much success on hardcourt as she has on clay?

I think she should hope to live up to her seeding at Wimbledon and look to improve to a top 8 position for through the US Open Series. If she can make the quarters of another slam, or go deep in two more Tier I events, I can see her making a push at the top 5.

It also depends, of course, on what the competition does in that time frame. Venus and Chakvetadze have a lot of points between now and years end, and not a lot behind them, while Serena has points pretty balanced until next Spring. My bet is she'll be fighting with Dementieva for 6th, behind:

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

I think no.7, behind (in whatever order) Maria, Ana, Jelena, Sveta, Serena, Elena.

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

I think she will be #7 behind Serena, Maria, Venus, Jelena, Ana and Kuznetsova. To round out the top 10, Dementieva, Hantuchova and Radwanska.

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

Slam final for player with full shedule is enough for TOP10 even with mediocre results at rest of season. Even without calculations we know that from Bartoli 2007 example (and she is still TOP10 ), but dont forget that Safina is always better player than Marion and she already reach TOP10 before so in her case this will be probably enough for her career first YEC (WTA TOP8 in Race). But if Venus find herself again at fastest surfaces and overtake Dinara it will be very interesting batle for YEC #8 spot between Safina and Zvonareva. Dani and Anna still have chances to finish season like TOP10, but like TOP8 in Race i dont see without some unexpected scenario like hard-injury pause of Dinara, Vera or Elena.

Safina is not only former TOP10 player - she is also proven claycourt specialist (finalist of Charleston and Rome in past) so i not ready to expect more "kick-ass" results from her like Berlin or Paris in rest of season at other surfaces or so often TOP10 wins (10 of her 14 career TOP10 wins is at clay, 3 is from indoors and only 1 at all other surfaces!!!). So i predict her very interesting batle with compatriot Zvonareva at both rankings. Theys is similar at grass and i belive that Vera is still better hardcourt player (outdoors) despite Dinara expected new improvment - but also at europian indoors season where Dinara always have her best results (after clay) i expect better results from Safina than Zvonareva.

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

I think in the 7-9 range.

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

#9, she openly dislikes grasscourts, thus will have a bad wimbledon, it will knock the confidence shes built up and she will have a average end to the year.

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Top 5 Hopefully And Rena to catch up to aleast 4 or 3
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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

#8 - she wont keep up this form, but it wont be as bad a year as what bartoli had after wimbledon last year.
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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

Who knows
Safina can start playing bad just as easily as she plays well. I dont think she will have a great Wimbledon as she can't play on grass (I have never seen her hit a volley) but she will probably finish top 10.

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I'd say that she'll land around 8. It really depends on the summer seasons of Chakvetadze and Venus.

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She will be #7

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Re: Where will Safina end the year ranked?

#6-8 is a reasonable bet, I think
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#9, she openly dislikes grasscourts, thus will have a bad wimbledon, it will knock the confidence shes built up and she will have a average end to the year.
yea i agree with this

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