Dina, please prove this critic wrong...
(ok i know her grass court results ain't that gd but still....there's a start for everything!!)
Date of birth: 27/04/1986 (Age: 22).
Height: 5ft 11in
Turned professional: 2000
Current ATP singles ranking: 9
Best Wimbledon performance: 3rd Round - 2005, 2006
Grass court pedigree:
Not great. Safina has never been past the third round at Wimbledon and went out in only the second round last year to Akiko Morigami.
Her record at other grass court events is uninspiring, at best, so there is no evidence to suggest she is likely to repeat her clay-court heroics of the French Open at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon seeding: 9th
Chances of SW19 success?
Slim to none. Safina has a game that is suited to clay and hard courts and she is yet to prove she has the ability and the wherewithal to transfer this onto grass.
Her withdrawal from the warm-up event in Birmingham due to a lower back injury will not help her preparation and she will be undone by the superior grass games of players like Sharapova, Ivanovic, Jankovic and the Williams sisters.
Safina's brother, Marat Safin, famously fell out with Wimbledon organisers because he claimed the food at the All England Club is too expensive. The chances are that his sister may not be around any longer than he ever was in order to test out his theories on the cost of living in south-west London.
Prediction: Early exit
If she makes it into the second week, Safina will be doing well. Very well.
She showed her battling qualities at the French Open, when she reached the final despite being match-point down against both Maria Sharapova and Elena Dementieva.
However, we all know that the grass courts of SW19 are a far cry from the clay of Roland Garros and a similar run to the latter stages here looks beyond her.
...and her will is amazing. I always expected good results from Dinara on clay and figured that most could not make the transition from clay to grass, but Dinara has done quite well on grass. Critics get paid to say bad things. Pfeh.