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pierce0415
Apr 30th, 2005, 10:04 PM
Na Li smothers sad Safina

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Estoril - Na Li announced the inevitable advance of Chinese women's tennis on Saturday as she crushed slumping second seed Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final of the Estoril Open.

The 23-year-old Na, ranked 40th on the WTA, is now a step away from her second career title after overwhelming her Russian opponent in 63 minutes.

It was the second time that Safina, sister of Australian Open champion Marat Safin, had been halted in the last-four stage at the Estadio Nacional following a similar fate in 2002 when she lost to German Anca Barca.

The defeat left her devasted.

</SPAN>'There are no words to describe this match'"There are no words to describe this match," said the shell-shocked teenager. "I wasn't missing by just a little, I was hitting out three of four metres.

"I need to work on everything, all parts of my game. I don't know what to do. I couldn't fight, I couldn't put two balls inside the court."

Na won the first-ever WTA-level title for China when she triumphed last autumn at home in Guangzhou.

Na said she she will apply her pre-match attention to strategy in the same way for Sunday's title try when she goes against unheralded Czech qualifier Lucie Safarova, who upset third seed Gisela Dulko of Argentina 7-6 (6/3), 6-0.

"I thought a lot about my strategy on Friday night before I went to sleep," said the rising Chinese star. "I told myself to fight for every point. I'm surprised I won so easily.

"But I'm really keen to earn my second title."

Safina sent a back return into the net on match point to take the loss in just 63 minutes. The 19-year-old had little to offer in the one-way contest, converting on one of four break points while losing serve six times.

Safina was bedevilled by seven double-faults on an afternoon to forget.

In the men's draw, top seed Carlos Moya was playing Spanish compatriot Tommy Robredo in a semi, while number two Gaston Gaudio, the French Open champion, was taking on Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 30th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Go easy on her this time Marat.

JenFan75
Apr 30th, 2005, 10:07 PM
Poor Dinara :sad:


GO GASTON!

daffodil
Apr 30th, 2005, 10:51 PM
Tear, tear. Dinara.

DevilishAttitude
Apr 30th, 2005, 11:12 PM
Safina was bedevilled by seven double-faults on an afternoon to forget.



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It should be Na that is bedevilled. It's too much like my name :mad:

The charm is going wrong :o

pierce0415
May 1st, 2005, 04:05 AM
Safina Suffers Humiliating Loss to China's Li
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ESTORIL, Portugal (Reuters) - Russian Dinara Safina suffered a humiliating 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Li Na in the Estoril Open clay-court tournament semifinals Saturday.

The number two seed held serve only once and made a string of unforced errors as she succumbed in one hour to Li, the fourth seed who had not played on clay since she was a child.

Safina prowled around the court in obvious discontent throughout the match, frequently yelling out loud to try to spark her game into life.

After the match she said it was time to return to Russian coach Alexander Zlatoustov who parted company with Safina after the Australian Open in January.

"Even before this tournament I was thinking of going back to my Russian coach and now I'm telling him I am breaking it off," Safina told reporters.

"After the Australian Open, my Russian coach broke up with me because I wasn't listening to him.

"My agents offered me Lars and I said yes because I needed a coach."

It has not worked out with the Swede, however, and Safina says she is going backwards.

"We are not working on what I need to improve," she said. "I need to work on my serve and my forehand and I need to work to improve but I'm not improving, I'm getting worse." Safina was so unhappy with her form all week that despite three comfortable victories she went straight on to the practice courts after each match.

esquímaux
May 1st, 2005, 04:32 AM
Go easy on her this time Marat.What did he say to her the first time? The commentators commented on that during her Fedcup match.

Berlin_Calling
May 1st, 2005, 04:59 AM
wtf i dont get why Dinara is beating herself up with one loss :confused: its not like shes on a losing streak and loss to a low ranked player in qualies. she had some easy wins this week and just had a bad day against an extremely talented player. she should try to get over it instead of sounding like she suffers from depression. go dinara.

Sharapova's_Boy
May 1st, 2005, 07:13 AM
Dinara :sad:

switz
May 1st, 2005, 07:56 AM
dinara is definitely marat's sister. who else would fire their coach in a press conference. maybe patty - i wish she would ;)

TF Chipmunk
May 1st, 2005, 07:58 AM
Dinara :bigcry:

At least the fact that she's going back to her old coach, admitting her mistake, shows that she's maturing :) But really, she's been struggling a bit as of late. She just needs to pick herself back up again, work on the fundamentals.

esquimaux, before, Marat scolded Dinara for being impatient and everything like that. He said she needed to mature. I think that's what VeeReeDavJCap was referring to.

Lemonskin.
May 1st, 2005, 09:20 AM
O_o

~|Naomi|~
May 1st, 2005, 09:32 AM
wtf i dont get why Dinara is beating herself up with one loss :confused: its not like shes on a losing streak and loss to a low ranked player in qualies. she had some easy wins this week and just had a bad day against an extremely talented player. she should try to get over it instead of sounding like she suffers from depression. go dinara.



I agree I think players and also some fans get too carried away with one loss. Sure if she was on a losing streak get concerned but it was one match. Other than Miami, she hasn't played a bad tournament all year. She's lost to Golovin, Sharapova, Vaidisova, Mauresmo, they aren't bad losses. Dinara can bounce back, she has a tough draw in Berlin and then a lower tier in prague to play.

ivanovic
May 1st, 2005, 09:42 AM
Spoiled brat. :rolleyes:
Ana will teach her how to behaive in Berlin. :devil:

(She's slightly hot though) :drool:
Just straighten your back :tape: , and hide some of that flab :p

smarties
May 1st, 2005, 03:32 PM
I don't think it's just because of one loss; she's too up and down, you can see that the talent is there but she hasn't developped as she could.

Fantastic
May 1st, 2005, 05:05 PM
Being the sister of a talented dual Grand Slam champion when you're not quite as talented (but still very hard-working), Dinara must have a lot of pressure on her shoulders every time she steps out on the court. It's not all in her mind. It's a reality she has to face every time a journalist quizzes her about her brother and the comparisons between them. It would be like she's under a microscope because she is expected to match the achievements of her brother or be even better - that's a tough ask for anyone, but even moreso for a younger sibling struggling to establish herself and find her own identity. It's not really fair of the general public to put these expectations on her but a lot of people do think this way. She's got to be her own person (as her mother wants her to be) and I'll bet that if it was just her and not her and Marat, that she wouldn't be talking about firing coaches on a whim and would be playing with a little more joy - the kind of joy conducive to playing good tennis and winning lots of matches.

goldenlox
May 1st, 2005, 06:39 PM
"After the Australian Open, my Russian coach broke up with me because I wasn't listening to him.Here's the problem. Dinara has to take a more mature approach to her career.

Lapin
May 1st, 2005, 11:15 PM
After the match she said it was time to return to Russian coach Alexander Zlatoustov who parted company with Safina after the Australian Open in January.

"Even before this tournament I was thinking of going back to my Russian coach and now I'm telling him I am breaking it off," Safina told reporters.

"After the Australian Open, my Russian coach broke up with me because I wasn't listening to him.

"My agents offered me Lars and I said yes because I needed a coach."

It has not worked out with the Swede, however, and Safina says she is going backwards.

"We are not working on what I need to improve," she said. "I need to work on my serve and my forehand and I need to work to improve but I'm not improving, I'm getting worse." Safina was so unhappy with her form all week that despite three comfortable victories she went straight on to the practice courts after each match.

But at least she won the Open Gaz de France whilst working with Lars.....

-Sonic-
May 1st, 2005, 11:22 PM
Nope, I can't find it in myself to root for her....

ezekiel
May 1st, 2005, 11:45 PM
and it won't get any easier for her as she faces a future star Ana Ivanovic in the 1st round in berlin :lol: