Safina hit back some criticism raised by journalist in Madid after her QF win:
"People are always critical (towards me).When Mauresmo was ranked #1,she also hadn't won any GS titles,but people seldom criticised her.
I don't know why people are always comenting on me and Jelena,telling us to win a GS title.
Actually,In my opinion,being #1 is not only about GS,but also your performance through the whole year.
Last year,I had nearly beaten all the top10 players,so I think I totally deserve to be #1.
Yes,I haven't won a GS title yet,but I have made it into 2 finals and 1 semifinal.
No one could reach such a result in last year.
I am now only thinking of how to play more competitive and stabler,that is all of what I should do.
As for French Open,I have to play match by match,but who knows the results.
Peopple's comments totally don't affect me.In fact,I think they maliciously speak out these words only because they envy me so much,because I am #1 at such a young age.
Like Jelena's year-ending #1 position last year,look at her whole year performane,she had made it into many finals including the US Open final as well as winning many events.
We need to look at an overall performance,as for GS title,we still have enough time to get it and that moment will surely come one day."