Young People of the Year 2009: Dinara Safina
Yegor Timofeyev, February 16, 2010
In the category "Sports", the winner was tennis player Dinara Safina (23).
Dinara Safina - the winner of 11 WTA tournaments in singles and 8 tournaments in doubles. Tennis career began in 2001. From April 20 to October 12 2009 was number one in the women's world tennis rankings in the WTA. Safina - the second in history Rossiyanka after Maria Sharapova, who became "the first racket of the world.
Dinara headed the WTA rating in April. Points brought her final tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, as well as victory in Rome and Madrid. Second successful tournament on points "Grand Slam" was for Safina Roland Garros. " A successful season - six months to keep the title of world's best tennis players by virtue of not much - Dinara was unsuccessful autumn segment. Her troubled with health problems, she often lost her composure on the court as well as outside it - to prove to the public debate that is worthy of being the first racket of the world. To preserve the first line rating Safina had good performance at the final tournament in Doha. However Dinara withdrew from the tournament after the first two of games. They found that for three months Dinara performed with stress fracture of the spine, taking pain killers and not wanting to let the first line of the rating WTA.Takim, the 2009 season Dinara graduated number two in the world table of ranks - and everything would be different if at least in one of the seven lost in the finals last year, she won. However, Safin is not one of those who surrender before difficulties. She is ready, like his brother, to break the racket, when chtoto not, but there is no doubt that next year it will become even stronger and more experienced.
What was for you this year?
If a global view on the past year, I can say that in principle a good year for me. Two final Grand Slam ╗, Australien Open! Of course, like any athlete, I want more, but I know that I have something to work. Sometimes the trauma being felt and it makes it difficult, but I try to deal with it, work on yourself, I train in full force and believe that everything will be fine and that I could do more.
What is for you to tennis? You never thought about how to deal with something else?
Frankly, never thought that I could do something else. I have a sporting family, playing tennis at age 6, you give this matter fully, and at the moment I can not imagine myself doing something else. Tennis - this is my life, this is what I live every day, this is - my past and future.
What for you was the biggest success / biggest disappointment this year?
Any victory for an athlete - a very memorable event, because all they are given a very easy, you laid out entirely for the sake of victory, and when you get, it's a great pleasure. And of course, any failure - this is a great disappointment. Olympic finals, Grand Slam - all this upset me, but at the same time, any defeat gives me strength to work on the bugs. And I understand that I have yet, where does it go.
What's it like - to be the first racket of the world?
Strange question. Perhaps, for any tennis players have the first racket of the world - a goal toward which I walked all my life, but I understand that to remain number one and stayed in first place are much more complicated.
As for you - a victory? What motivates you more to fight - victory or defeat?
Victory - a measure of good work done on themselves. In the struggle to motivate a lot of things in tennis. For any professional athlete is very important ambition, in the best sense of the word. If you do not like to lose, and always set goals, to be number one - this is the best motivation for victory.
What did you brother - Marat Safin, when you have the first racket of the world? Between you had - or is there still - sports competition?
Between us my brother never had a competition must be pretty stupid to compete with men in sports, especially with his brother, especially, Marat older than me. In childhood and adolescence, he always helped me and gave advice, as it is better to do. When I was first, he was happy for me, as I am glad of his success.
Why do you practice and do not live in Russia, but at the same time upholding the sports honor of Russia?
Because the conditions that I provide to other countries, is much more convenient for me as a professional athlete, the more that I coach is not Russian. Also, do not get all kinds of visas and have no problems with the documents. Actually strange for me to answer such a question. I Rossiyanka, I was born in this country, Russia for me is always my homeland, so my thoughts did not arise to represent some other country.
Season over for you at a difficult note: you have a spinal injury was detected. How do you restore their strength, what is the source of positive emotions and good mood?
Yes, it was a difficult period in preparation for the new season. Until the end of injury has not healed, and it manifested itself in Australien Open, which prevented me to achieve better results. Just a desire to go to court as quickly as possible overshadowed my actual physical condition. I'll pass all sorts of procedures that restore my back, but basically the main thing now - peace.
What is your sports dream?
To win in tennis all that is possible!