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Apr 8th, 2002, 05:22 PM
Wow, Dinara just defeated 3rd seed Martina Sucha at Estoril 63 36 61!!!! :eek:

Her wild card is well-deserved...

Congrats Dinara!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2002, 06:15 PM
Congrats Dinara! :)

Apr 8th, 2002, 06:39 PM
pretty convincingly for #404 in the world

especially if you think that Sucha is #40 :p

Apr 8th, 2002, 07:35 PM
You mean Dinara is of the top50 level already :)

Well done, girl!!!

Apr 8th, 2002, 07:37 PM
next match will show, fresh;)

Apr 8th, 2002, 07:37 PM
I actually think she's in top30 level:p

Apr 8th, 2002, 07:49 PM
She is like her brother. Quick start and bad temper on court :). Hope she can make it to the top100 officially that season.

Apr 8th, 2002, 08:01 PM
She is definitely not top 30 yet, but look at the draw of this tournament. Whom exactly she can't beat here? Montolio? Torrens-Valero? She just beat the third seed, right.. And take into account that unlike older Russian players, she hasn't had a time to become a headcase yet ( unless she was born a one, which can also be possibly the case, given the brother).. To tell you the truth, as far as I remember,the best tournament that Anna Kournikova ever won was an ITF Challenger (Midland?) whose draw was not worse than Estoril's one. And Anna was of Dinara's age back then, and not a headcase yet..

the cat
Apr 8th, 2002, 09:06 PM
Well done Dinara!

Is she still training in Spain?

There are alot of enticing matchups among the Russian girls and women. Kournikova and Dementieva. Sharapova and Safina. And many more.

Maybe with the arrival of Safina and Sharapova, Russian women's tennis will finally be on the way up. I hope so.

Apr 8th, 2002, 10:13 PM
Congrats Dinara and good luck in your next match! :)

Mighty Light
Apr 8th, 2002, 10:21 PM
I was confident Dinara will win, she plays amazing, she's incredible, you guys will hear more about her. Good Luck to Dinara in her match, my heart's with her in every of her matches!

Apr 8th, 2002, 10:26 PM
Cat, Dinara is still training in Valencia.

She must have just switched sponsors too from Nike to Adidas. (Marat's influence perhaps?)
She was pictured playing in Adidas gear today.

Go to Estoril Open (http://infordesporto.sapo.pt/Estorilopen2002/)
You will see some of her photos. :)

Good luck next round Dinara!

Apr 9th, 2002, 05:51 AM
I wonder why is she so late with starting making some noise on Tour? Masha is one year younger and she has already played Tier I..

Apr 9th, 2002, 12:16 PM

Apr 9th, 2002, 12:17 PM

Apr 9th, 2002, 12:42 PM
I wonder why is she so late with starting making some noise on Tour? Masha is one year younger and she has already played Tier I..

Dinara was injured the second half (after US 01) and had to miss Kremlin Cup where she was supposed to appear. Another explanation is that they have different agents. Maria's promotion company owns (or has something to do with it) IW...

Apr 9th, 2002, 12:53 PM
It really often depends how good a player is promoted. Another reason may be that her mother think that Dinara should make her career step-by-step. Junior level, ITF tournaments level, Tier 3, 4 tournaments level and so on. I`m not certain, but I think I heard something about Rauza Islanova describing her strategy.

the cat
Apr 9th, 2002, 03:20 PM
Fresh, you are quite right! it's all Dinara's mothers strategy. Take everything step by step. She is worried about Dinara's health, too. That's why she didn't play the hard court season in Australia and America.

Apr 9th, 2002, 06:09 PM

You are right. I read somewhere that Dinara's mum said that she wanted to ensure that Dinara had fully developed physically to avoid knee and other injuries before putting her fully on tour and also to develop her game more.

This is obviously a good idea to avoid burn-out.

Apr 10th, 2002, 07:13 AM
A good interview with Dinara in Sport-express. http://www.sport-express.ru/cgi-bin/se/prn_html?49029

Dinara gor wild-card in Estoril through Marat :). After Estoril she will play in Italy`s 25th ITF tournament. Then she will try to get a wild-card into the French Open qualies. I hope Marat will help here as well.

Apr 10th, 2002, 07:14 AM
This is so unusual...

Dinara is playing 1st match at the central court today right before brother Marat's continuation of last night's match....

GO Dinara! ;)

Apr 10th, 2002, 07:15 AM
Keep going Dinara. Win the tournament and you will no longer need any wild-cards :)!!!!

Apr 10th, 2002, 12:22 PM
from Marat's interview I had an illusion that he is not involved in Dinara's development. But Rauza basically says he is. In a lot of ways. So I'm thinking that's very smart of Marat to stay away from this topic.

the cat
Apr 10th, 2002, 01:28 PM
Marat is not involved with Dinara's developement at all. He has said so on many occasions. He leaves that up to their mother.

I just hope Dinara isn't as mentally frail as Marat. If she is mentally tough, she could go along way in women's tennis. Udachi Dinara!

Apr 10th, 2002, 04:22 PM
the cat, did you read Rauza's interview???

I'm sure not, then why contradict???

go read interview first and then we'll talk.

Apr 10th, 2002, 04:54 PM
If Dinara continues to play like this, I'm sure she will not need brother's help anymore...

She can hold on her own. ;)

auntie janie
Apr 10th, 2002, 07:35 PM
Very impressive! :D

Dinara IMO is in the tougher half of the draw. If she keeps on winning, it will be just unbelievable.

A Bovina-Safina Final is a fantasy, I know, but how I would love to see it! :)

the cat
Apr 11th, 2002, 01:57 AM
tenn_ace, I just read the interview with Rauza on Sport-Express. Man, that Russian to English AltaVista translation is awful! It looks like Marat did help Dinara get a wildcard. Thus, I stand partially corrected.

I would rather read Dinara's interview, than her mothers interview. Mother Safina needs to step back, and let Dinara do the talking.

Apr 11th, 2002, 02:03 AM
It is a fantasy , but I guess it would be the tallest WTA final on record ( beating in that aspect even Venus-Davenport finals )

the cat
Apr 11th, 2002, 02:40 AM
No no ys. Bovina isn't as tall as Davenport. And Safina isn't as tall as Venus. But I'm sure you'd be thrilled with an all Russian final. Then, Russia would be assured of winning it's first WTA title in the twenty first century. Udachi Russian girls.

Apr 11th, 2002, 04:02 AM
not to worry cat... and I'm sorry if I overreacted I honestly think I did :o

well, to go further with the fantasy of being the first ever, it would be nice if both Marat and Dinara won that tournament... ah?:D ;)

Apr 11th, 2002, 07:11 AM
The cat, one kind soul on CNNSI boards ( Safin's Forum ) translated the interview, you can read it there - much better than Altavista..:)

The 2001 media guide gives the height of both Davenport and Bovina as 1,89. By that moment Bovina was less than 18 and might still be growing. Venus's height is 1.85. Dinara was 1,82 an year ago, when she was not even 15, and she surely is still growing.

Apr 11th, 2002, 05:41 PM
Dinara looked so serious even when signing autographs! :p


auntie janie
Apr 12th, 2002, 02:13 PM
When I said that Dinara's half of the draw was the tougher side, it was because of the presence of Montolio and Srebotnik -- and both are out now. :)

Now I think the most dangerous opponent left is last week's finalist in Porto, 4th seed Magui Serna, who is in Elena's half. :(

I say chances are looking better and better for our fantasy all-Russian final. :D But I am getting ahead of myself, first let's see how Elena and Dinara do today.

Apr 12th, 2002, 04:09 PM
The way Dinara played today is ... speechless...

bagel 1st set, comeback win in the 2nd set...

Wow... she is going to steal all the limelight from marat this week and she deserved it. ;)

Can't wait to hear what the press has to say about it...

Apr 12th, 2002, 04:17 PM
If she wins in Estoril (I`m not saying this :p ), it will be a breakthrough. Right, ys? :)

Apr 12th, 2002, 05:15 PM
On her level , yes, it will be.. But... Remember Lucic? Or Srebotnik(also in Estoril, BTW)? Winning the first WTA tournament of career sounds like a bad omen..

Apr 12th, 2002, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by fresh2flash
If she wins in Estoril (I`m not saying this :p ), it will be a breakthrough. Right, ys? :)

I'd say from Junior level to a Pro level. Still a long way to go to the top Pro level and it will be another break through

Apr 12th, 2002, 05:50 PM
we might see Marat playing mixed doubles at RG. could it be a deal giving Dinara a WC to play Quallies at RG? Is it possible?

Apr 12th, 2002, 06:03 PM
You mean playing mixed doubles with Dinara? I don`t think he will do this in the Grand Slam tournament. Too risky.

Apr 12th, 2002, 06:05 PM
risky? I don't understand why. he may skip doubles and play mixed instead. lose in the second round, be free of everything but singles and give Dinara an opportunity.

Apr 12th, 2002, 06:06 PM
Originally posted by tenn_ace
we might see Marat playing mixed doubles at RG. could it be a deal giving Dinara a WC to play Quallies at RG? Is it possible?


Dinara's mum said in an interview that they were going to ask for a WC into RG main draw qualification, so you never know!

the cat
Apr 12th, 2002, 09:00 PM
Marat would do it (mixed doubles at RG) for Dinara! Especially if it helped her get a WC into the main draw. Or even into the qualifying.

Apr 13th, 2002, 10:28 AM
well done Dinara and good luck today :)

good news is that Dinara will now be eligible to play SLAM qualies as well without that affecting the number of tourns she can play.

so this was a big week (upto around 225) so she makes Roland Garros cut-off which should be Monday.

auntie janie
Apr 13th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Thanks for that news, Eggy! :)

I really thought Dinara would beat Anca today; still, an amazing week for her.
I look forward to following her the rest of the year. :)

Apr 13th, 2002, 01:59 PM
the semi was very close though. She lost narrowly 6-7 4-6....

Well done Dinara...
Good luck in Italy next week! :)

the cat
Apr 13th, 2002, 02:34 PM
A great week for Dinara. I just hope her serve won't let her down in her career, they way it has the rest of the Russian girls.

Apr 17th, 2002, 02:12 AM
Great run from Dinara! My, there have always been Russian young guns that we see every year..will Dinara finally step up to the plate in being a Grand Slam champion from Russia?? I think we are bound to see one soon! GOOD LUCK IN YOUR NEXT TOURNEY DINARA!! :)

May 19th, 2002, 08:49 PM
Well Dinara is playing Madrid this week

And she's the only Russian left in action so 3 cheers for her

She's won two quali matches so far

Nathalie Grandin 7-5 6-1 :D
Mashona Washington 6-3 6-2 :D

tomorrow Dinara plays Anna Floris

best of luck Dinara and go along way here too :)

May 19th, 2002, 10:52 PM
Yes go Dinara!:bounce:

Current ranking: 242
Current points in Madrid: 9.75

Good luck tomorrow:D

May 20th, 2002, 12:48 PM
pics of Dinara in madrid




May 20th, 2002, 01:27 PM
Why is she playing in Madrid? :confused: Did she received a by into the main draw of RG? Or she`s not going to play there?

May 20th, 2002, 01:40 PM
She wasn't high enough when the cut-off for qualies was done.

She was about 20 places off.

May 20th, 2002, 01:44 PM
So she didn`t get a wild card :( Damn

May 20th, 2002, 03:36 PM
Dinara qualified :D 6-3 6-1 win over Anna Floris

well done Dinara

not sure who she has got tomorrow though ??

May 20th, 2002, 07:15 PM
Dinara will play Cristina Torrens Valero in the first round of the Main draw :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 21st, 2002, 02:16 PM
Safina defeated Torrens Valero 6-3 6-7 6-0!

Congrats Baby Safina!
It must have been quite awkward playing her bro's exgirlfriend's sister... ;)

Keep going!

May 21st, 2002, 02:27 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

now she's inside Top 200 :kiss:

way to go Dinara :kiss:

May 21st, 2002, 02:46 PM
I bet some players are glad that Dinara didn't get a WC into the qualifiers :fiery: - I think she could have qualified and caused a few upsets in the MD!!.

auntie janie
May 21st, 2002, 09:12 PM
Very nice start in the Main Draw, Dinara! :)

May 21st, 2002, 09:53 PM
I think that in a sense it is good that she didn't get the RG WC. First, she is not ready to play it yet. It would have been her only second WTA tournament. No need to rush things. She'll have enough of it. Second, the less they let her think that she is something special, the better.

May 21st, 2002, 10:06 PM
on other hand, RG organizers should feel dumb for not giving WC to Dinara.... Cristina is a good claycourter and for Dinara to win so easily would mean just one thing: she is playing at the 40-50 top level.

Well, let's hope Dinara could compensate the-would-be-points from RG by going far in this tournament...

adlysha babalu
May 22nd, 2002, 07:40 AM
is safina gonna play with marat safin?? But i dont think so..its a grand slam..

Jun 10th, 2002, 05:26 AM
best wishes Dinara in Tashkent :)

she plays 4th seed Seda Noorlander and should progress to round 2

go Dinara go !!!!!!!!!!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
Jun 10th, 2002, 05:53 AM
Go Dinara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did she dye her hair?!

Jun 10th, 2002, 07:13 AM
Good luck Dinara!

It was such a pity that she could not get into the Roland Garros draw. :mad:

Jun 10th, 2002, 10:46 AM
Go and win Dinara :)

Jun 10th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Dees she need a WC to play Wimbledon qualifying?

Jun 10th, 2002, 05:34 PM

The Wimbledon commitments/qualifiers based on May 13 rankings posted by TheBoiledEgg does not include Dinara as I think she was outside the cutoff of 200. So it would seem that Dinara would need a WC for the qualifiers.

Maybe she has asked for a WC as she was a junior finalist last year and is currently ranked 203. Be interesting to see if she gets one.

The Wimbledon commitments are posted in General Messages under the Wimbledon Commitments tread.

Jun 10th, 2002, 05:53 PM

Jun 11th, 2002, 07:17 PM
Dinara beat Seda Noorlander[4] 6-4 6-1


Jun 12th, 2002, 06:10 AM
well done Dinara :)

now best of luck in rd 2 :)
Dinara vs Tatiana Perebiynis

Jun 12th, 2002, 09:36 AM
Good start. Please think about winning your first title :wavey:

Jun 18th, 2002, 03:39 PM
Congrats Dinara on your 1st round win! GOOD LUCK IN THE NEXT ROUND! :)

Jun 19th, 2002, 05:16 PM
Dinara one win away from maindraw in a SLAM :)

Dinara plays Zuzana Ondraskova tomorrow

best of luck Dinara :)

Jun 19th, 2002, 05:25 PM
OMG she has an excellent chance! GOOD LUCK DINARA!!! :)

Jun 19th, 2002, 10:07 PM
Congrats Dinara:D

Good luck in your next match:bounce:

Jun 21st, 2002, 09:13 AM
An article from London Times newspaper:

June 21, 2002

Defeat leaves Safina feeling empty
By Mark Souster

TWO hours after missing out on a place at Wimbledon, Dinara Safina could not stop crying. The 16-year-old sister of Marat Safin, the No 2 seed in the men’s championship, idly dipped a chip in a pool of tomato ketchup and smeared it around her plate. She barely had the stomach to eat it.
Safina had lost 4-6, 6-2, 8-6 in heart-wrenching circumstances against Zuzani Ondraskova in the final round of qualifying at Roehampton. The opportunity of appearing in her first grand-slam tournament had slipped away. It was particularly galling because she had served for the match at 5-3 and then squandered a match point at 6-5. Failing so narrowly is hard to bear, whatever the stage of your career.

“It’s so tough,” Safina, who was runner-up at Wimbledon in the junior event last year, said. “It was the same last week in Tashkent. I lost again having had match point. I really wanted to play at Wimbledon. I would not have minded if I had lost two and two. But when I was serving for the match I started to make unnecessary mistakes. I had everything in my favour but, to be fair, she (Ondraskova) played a great match, but I should have won.”

It was of little consolation that Rausa, her mother, who was Safin’s coach as a boy, told her that she would learn from the experience. Safina was 16 only in April but, like so many girls from Russia and the former Eastern bloc on the circuit, she is driven by the desire to succeed. Winning equals status, equals prosperity. The equation is simple.

Safin, the US Open champion in 2000 and a Wimbledon quarter-finalist last year, has been an inspiration and also her patron. His financial support pays for his sister and her coach to travel the world from their base in Valencia. Being on the road is expensive, but Safin’s generosity ensures that she can stay in decent hotels, enabling her to concentrate on tennis. “I am lucky to have Marat. But I don’t want him to sponsor me for ever,” she said.

“I want to succeed on my own and earn my own money, maybe even pay him back. I also want to play mixed doubles with him at Wimbledon.”

She took up tennis at the age of seven, Misha, her father, being the director of a small tennis club in Moscow. In theory, she is still supposed to be studying at school, but education has taken a back seat. She returns home today to prepare for her next tournament in Casablanca in two weeks’ time. “My ambition is to win my next match. To succeed you have to fight for every chance.” Will she be back? “Of course,” she said, at last allowing herself a flicker of a smile.

Jun 21st, 2002, 09:16 AM
Dinara :sad:
poor girl,

She will bounce back :)

Jun 21st, 2002, 10:19 AM
Marat & Dinara:)


Jun 21st, 2002, 11:42 AM
great article, Jessi

don't worry Dinara... you have some many more to come!!!!!!!!!!

good luck in mixed (yyyaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooo!!!) and in Casablanca!

Jun 21st, 2002, 12:03 PM
more Dinara pics:D


Jun 21st, 2002, 06:35 PM
There is a very informative report about Dinara from Rowland Goodman who went to watch the matches at Roehampton this week. It seems that Dinara hurt her leg earlier in the week and was playing with it bandaged (I didn't read this anywhere else).

The report also includes some funny bits like Dinara telling a linesman that he needed glasses!!! - does this sound familier?.

From the report I very much look forward to seeing Dinara play, not only does she play good tennis, but will sounds like a hoot!!.

In the past I know poster of the report has had problems with people using his photos without permission on their web sites, so I have asked his permission to post the report here and I am waiting for a reply. In the meantime if you want to read the report go to -


Click on Dinara in Wimbledon qualies for report.


Jul 1st, 2002, 08:51 AM
Go Dinara! :bounce: :D

Jul 6th, 2002, 09:37 PM
good luck Dinara in Casablanca :)

she should/will qualify :)

Jul 19th, 2002, 01:44 PM
Dinara is in Sopot qualies

she plays Laura Dell'Angelo in rd1

good luck Dinara :)

Jul 19th, 2002, 04:31 PM
Dinara won 6-3 6-4 :)
well done :)

Jul 23rd, 2002, 11:52 AM
Dinara Safina defeated Asa Svensson 6-3 6-1 :bounce:

best win of her career to date :D

now she plays Patty in rd2

best of luck Dinara :)

Jul 24th, 2002, 01:17 PM
Dinara bt Patty 6-1 6-1 :bounce: :D

awesome destruction of little miss lost
way to go Dinara :)
now go and make the semis :)

Jul 24th, 2002, 02:19 PM
:eek: :cool: :angel: :bounce: :D

Jul 24th, 2002, 03:49 PM
Wow... awesome :eek: :eek: :eek:

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 25th, 2002, 09:07 PM
Dinara into semis :)
6-1- 5-7 5-3 win over Serna

Dinara vs Vera in semis of Sopot 2002

good luck :)

Jul 25th, 2002, 11:12 PM
Good Luck Dinara!:bounce: :D

Jul 26th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Chance for an early breakthrough in Dinara's career. It would be wonderful if she wins tomorrow. Here it comes, first true threat of Russian dominance in WTA..

Jul 26th, 2002, 05:25 PM
go Dinara and make it happen :)

just like Elena Bovina won her 1st title in Poland vs Nagyova, do the same.

good luck girl :)
and the win would make her the next-in for sure for the US Open :) (even now its pretty close)

Jul 26th, 2002, 05:30 PM
All the way Dinara! :)

Jul 26th, 2002, 07:24 PM
Does anyone know how high she will be ranked if she wins the final?

Jul 27th, 2002, 06:07 AM
Idea Prokom Open - Sopot, POL) (l to r) Maria Goloviznina, Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova talk about the rise of Russian tennis in recent years

Idea Prokom Open - Sopot, POL) Sixteen-year-old Dinara Safina meets her newest fans after reaching her first Tour singles final

Idea Prokom Open - Sopot, POL) Russian qualifier Dinara Safina in a courtside TV interview following her semifinal win over compatriot Vera Zvonareva

Jul 27th, 2002, 11:45 AM
thanks bubble for this pics

Dinara is still lunky...... still teenager

Jul 27th, 2002, 01:22 PM
she did it :)

well done Dinara :)
and she's very close to Top 100 as well

congrats Dinara !!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 27th, 2002, 01:58 PM

Well done, Dinara!!!!:wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

Dinara is inside the top 100! (#90-95) :bounce:

and to think, she started the year at #456..........

Jul 27th, 2002, 02:07 PM
To get her 1st WTA title at age 16 is really fantastic!!!!

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

:kiss: Dinara! :kiss:

the cat
Jul 27th, 2002, 05:16 PM
Congratulations Dinara! :bounce: I'm glad she got her first WTA title out of the way so early in her career! :D Dinara could be the leader of the new female Russian tennis brigade! :hearts:

Jul 27th, 2002, 05:44 PM
Well Done Dinara! :bounce:

the cat
Jul 27th, 2002, 05:49 PM
bubble, was there an article on the Russian players talking about the rise of Russian tennis?

Jul 27th, 2002, 06:09 PM
cat, there was no article, just the description for the photo.

Jul 27th, 2002, 08:17 PM
Does anyone know what tournament will she play next?

Jul 27th, 2002, 08:20 PM
she is due to play 50K St Gaudens next week
but she might give that a miss now

Jul 27th, 2002, 08:32 PM
:bounce::bounce:Congrats Dinara!!!:bounce::bounce:

auntie janie
Jul 27th, 2002, 08:36 PM
Wow, Dinara!!!!! First title at age 16! Setting a new standard for the young Russians. Well done :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 28th, 2002, 10:52 AM
Here's more pics... ;)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/SafinaWinTV072702.jpg (Idea Prokom Open - Sopot, POL) Dinara Safina speaks to Polish TV after winning her career-first Tour singles title on Saturday

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/SafinaPress072702.jpg Sopot champion Dinara Safina speaks to a packed press conference after beating Henrieta Nagyova in Saturday's final

2002 Idea Prokom Open champion Dinara Safina (Photo: Artur Rolak)

New Sopot champion Dinara Safina poses with her winner's trophy (Photo: Artur Rolak)

Jul 30th, 2002, 04:07 AM
Is it the biggest ever title won by a Russian player?

Jul 30th, 2002, 04:32 AM
a Tier III, yes it certainly is

Nastya won a Tier V
Bovina a IV
Likhovtseva has won Gold Coast in 97 but it was smaller than this event is.

Olga Morozova won bigger ones but thats ancient history

Jul 31st, 2002, 04:03 AM
Safina Steps Out of Big Brother's Shadow

Tue Jul 30, 9:06 PM ET
By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Until now, she was known only as the younger sister of former U.S. Open ( news - web sites) champion Marat Safin.

But after winning her first WTA tour title -- the $300,000 Polish Open in Sopot at the weekend -- Dinara Safina has finally emerged from the shadow of her big brother.

The 16-year-old Muscovite became the youngest Russian to win a WTA event.

Safina has now done something that Anna Kournikova ( news - profile - photos) -- the most glamorous and famous Russian woman player on the circuit -- has failed to achieve despite attracting millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorship deals -- win a singles title.

In Sopot, Safina won eight straight matches, including three just to qualify for the main draw, beating 24th-ranked Swiss Patty Schnyder ( news - profile - photos) in the process to secure the $50,000 first prize -- by far the biggest of her still unfolding career.

After beating sixth-seeded Henrieta Nagyova in the final when the Slovak retired injured at 6-3 4-0 down, the first thing Dinara did was to call Marat to boast about her victory.

"He often bought me gifts after he won tournaments," Safina told Reuters in a telephone interview from the Spanish city of Valencia where she spends most of her time between tournaments.

"So now after telling him that I won, I have to think what to give him as a present. He already has many things he needs, so I must really think hard to make it a lasting memory."

Dinara now boasts a better record this year than Marat.

But Safina, who often sought her brother's advice in the past, said she had too much respect for Marat to try to give him advice about tennis.

"Oh no, I wouldn't dare teach or even tell him what to do," she said. "I'm his biggest fan and I still look up to him tennis-wise. I think it's just a matter of time before he starts winning again."

After taking seven titles -- the most on the ATP Tour -- in 2000 and three more the following year, Safin, 22, has been without a win so far this year despite coming close on several occasions.


Safina's win propelled her into the world top 100 for the first time but, because of her age, she is still restricted to playing only 10 senior tournaments in a calendar year.

"We really have to pick and choose (tournaments) to make the most of it," said Safina's mother and coach, Rauza Islanova.

"She'll play in the U.S. Open next and because she is in the top 100 now she won't have to play qualifiers."

Islanova, herself a top-10 player in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 70s, said her daughter would no longer play junior tournaments.

"It doesn't make much sense now. Junior tennis is a completely different game and it's hard to adjust, switching from one to the other," she said.

"Besides, after reaching the Wimbledon ( news - web sites) girls' final last year, Dinara has little to gain from playing junior events now.

"I think it would be better if she spent her time practising at the tennis academy in Valencia," Islanova added.

"She needs to gain more power, work on her foot movement and quickness in order to challenge the world's top players."

But Islanova cautioned against expecting too much too soon from her daughter.

"The Sopot win was a huge morale-booster for Dinara but obviously she is not yet ready to tackle dominant players like the Williams sisters or (Jennifer) Capriati on a daily basis.

"But we're not in a rush (for success). It's not like we have set a time for Dinara to move into the top 100 this year and into the top 50 or 40 next year," Islanova said. "Actually, I think she is already a bit ahead of what was expected of her."


Islanova hopes to see her daughter develop into a good all-round player.

"Dinara grew up playing on clay in Valencia but she is also quite good on a faster surfaces and after playing in the Wimbledon final last year she really likes grass," she said.

"I also hope that she will stop growing. I think being 182 centimeters tall is good enough for a female tennis player and she has good coordination for her height. If she keeps growing it could be a bit problematic to have the same mobility."

A bigger problem for Safina, according to her mother, is to juggle tennis and schoolwork.

"Of course, she can't have a normal, day-to-day schedule like any 16-year-old has, so she is taking correspondence courses at a Moscow school," Islanova said.

"She'll be entering 11th grade and she will take her exams when we come back after the U.S. Open in early September.

"Tennis is her top priority but she is doing fine in school as well. She is fluent in two languages, Spanish and Russian, and is also learning English at the moment."

Money, at least, is not a problem. Safina stands to earn a lot more from prize money and endorsements in the near future. Like her brother, she already has a long-term deal with sportswear company Adidas.

"In the past, it was Marat who mostly sponsored her tennis career but now Dinara can afford to pay her coaches and even brings home some money," Islanova said.

Jul 31st, 2002, 08:48 AM
Thanks for the great article, Jessi! :)

Jul 31st, 2002, 08:59 AM
you're welcome, bubble!:wavey:

Jul 31st, 2002, 12:04 PM
Here is another article:)

Safina steps into the spotlight

BBC Sport Online begins a new regular feature on tennis' outstanding performer of the month, beginning with Russia's rising star Dinara Safina.

Following in the footsteps of a successful sibling is never an easy task.

Just ask Patrick McEnroe. Or Dannii Minogue.

Dinara Safina has a harder task than most - her brother Marat Safin is not only one of the best in the world, he also combines talent with an explosive personality.

Profile: Dinara Safina
Born: 27/04/86
Birthplace: Moscow
Best surface: clay, hard
Ranked: 90
WTA debut: April 2002
WTA titles: 1 (Sopot)
ITF titles: 4
Junior titles: 3

But Safina is as keen to emerge from the shadow of her older brother as she is to make her mark on women's tennis.

Spurred on by her desire to shed the "Marat's sister" epithet, the confident 16-year-old has already set about fulfilling the promise she demonstrated as a junior.

"It is difficult," said Safina of the constant references to her more famous brother.

"Yes, I would like to be known for myself. Everyone always starts by saying, 'You're his sister, you're his sister.' But, I'm just his sister."

Safina took one giant step towards emerging as a star in her own right by lifting her first trophy in Poland.

As Anna Kournikova will testify, maiden titles do not come easily, especially for those players who have already attracted media attention.

But Safina made it look simple, reaching the semi-finals in her first ever senior event and then capturing the Idea Prokom Open for the loss of only one set, including qualifying.

Safina lands first title
Basking in her victory, she took particular pleasure in one post-match conversation.

"After I won I called Marat to boast about my victory," Safina said.

Just five weeks ago, older brother was having to play an entirely different role.

Safina, a finalist at junior Wimbledon a year earlier, suffered a heartbreaking loss in the third round of qualifying for the Championships, where she would have made her Grand Slam debut.

Against Zuzani Ondraskova, the youngster served for the match at 5-3 in the third set and had match point at 6-5 but eventually went down 8-6.

The agony was almost unbearable for the inexperienced teenager.

"It's so tough - I really wanted to play at Wimbledon," she said.

"I would not have minded if I had lost two and two. But when I was serving for the match I started to make unnecessary mistakes. I had everything in my favour. She (Ondraskova) played a great match, but I should have won."

Safina, though, is not short on support.

As well as having her brother on hand to dispense advice, she is coached by their mother Rausa, who also guided Safin in his formative years.

Mrs Safina told her daughter she would learn from her Wimbledon experience, but even she could not have expected how quickly.

Victory in Poland has taken Safina into the top 100, an incredible leap of over 300 places since January and it means she will no longer have to worry about the dog-fight of Grand Slam qualifying.

And as Safin himself predicted a year ago: "In two or three years, people won't be calling her Marat's sister, but they'll be calling me Dinara's brother."


Jul 31st, 2002, 12:34 PM
Here`s the voting from the Russian Sport-Express`s site. The question was, which of these young Russian players will have a better career? I voted for Vera BTW :)

Elena Bovina (66) 4.2%
Vera Zvonareva (220) 14.1%
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (269) 17.3%
Svetlana Kuznetsova (48) 3.1%
Dinara Safina (914) 58.7%
Masha Sharapova (40) 2.6%

Jul 31st, 2002, 01:16 PM
The same poll from wtatour.com I voted for Dinara (even before she moved to the second round in Poland, btw :))

Lina Krasnoroutskaya 4%
Svetlana Kuznetsova 43%
Dinara Safina 45%
Maria Sharapova 3%
Vera Zvonareva 5%

Jul 31st, 2002, 02:28 PM
Lina shouldn't even be in that WTA poll (she's the forgotten gal)

Dinara Safina is gonna be one huge star :)

Aug 1st, 2002, 06:01 PM
An interview in Russian from the Sport- Express site after her win


Aug 2nd, 2002, 02:43 AM
Who was the last player to win their first title at 16? Kim Clijsters?

Aug 2nd, 2002, 03:43 AM
Nina, thanks for the interview! What a really cute one! she seems to be very talkative... ;)

here is a piece from Marat's inteview:

REPORTER: You talked about the lifestyle of being a

tennis player. Is that the kind of advice that you give your sister? Is there any advice that you have given her?

MARAT SAFIN: What do you mean? Again.

REPORTER: Preparations for your sister as far as her playing on the tennis scene. What kind of advice have you given her as far as hotel to tennis court to training?

MARAT SAFIN: You cannot compare Russian -- you cannot compare women's tennis to the men's tennis. It is a complete different mentality so it's -- it's a different story so I don't think she has to listen to me. She has to listen to the coach who has been involved with long time in women's tennis. I think he knows what -- what she has to do and she should listen to him. Not to me.

Aug 2nd, 2002, 03:45 AM
does anyone have any info about Pavel Tscherbakov? What does he do for a living? Where does he live? In Russia? seems like a smart guy...............

Aug 7th, 2002, 12:49 PM
Taken from Jon Wertheim - CNNSI Tennis Mailbag

What do you think about Dinara Safina? I saw her win her first WTA title on two Saturdays ago in Sopot, Poland, and although I don't like all those tall girls hitting the ball as hard as they can, I must admit she was truly impressive for a 16-year-old. Do you think she might be better than her brother? She already has more patience and control of her head than Marat has. What about Dinara as a top-10 player in, say, two years?
—Kinga Rydlinska, Gniezno, Poland

Jon Wertheim's reply
Her brother has already won a Slam and been No. 1 in the world, so equaling his feats is a tall order. However, one has to be encouraged by her recent results. Plus, she seems like she has a steady head on her shoulders, an attribute big bro sometimes lacks.

* Does anyone know the url for Dinara's website run by Sergei?

Aug 8th, 2002, 05:43 AM
Mags, unfortunately Dinara's website has been temporarily shutdown by Sergei. He says he doesn't have time for it right now. But the Dinara Safina forum is still up and running if you're interested. Here is the url:


Aug 26th, 2002, 11:20 PM
Dinara is on the verge of defeating Rita Grandein the 1st rd of USO.

Let's hope she wins and we will be able to see her play Serena Williams on tv in the 2nd rd!


Aug 27th, 2002, 04:53 AM
From all Russian players I saw today Diinara was the most impressive, by far. I saw a tiebreaker and the second set, and
Dinara was playing a very mature game. When Grande would throw at Dinara her great slices, Dinara would counteract it with powerful topspin, and was more patient and more accurate, and would not hesitate to come in and cut the floaters. When desperate Rita would try to compete in topspin hitting, Dinara would flatten it with a lot of power. Dinara was just too good. Great all-court game.

And now I know who has the best grunt.. That's Dinara:).. The way she grunted during the tiebreak, the soundtrack of her grunt can easily be used in certain movie productions.. :)

And she talks to herself in Russian, and sometimes it sounds like quite dirty talk..:)

Aug 27th, 2002, 10:44 AM
thanx ys, u hear what she said ??;)

Dinara is so much like Marat, with hand gestures, racquets etc and shot making is fantastic

good luck Dinara vs Serena, now we all know this will be a day match as Serena already played night in rd1

the cat
Aug 27th, 2002, 03:44 PM
It's great that ys and tenn_ace are at the U.S. Open writing reports for us. Thanks! :wavey: They do a better job than the media does at keeping us up to date on the Russian girls and there matches! :bounce:

And why do the Russians produce the best grunters in women's tennis? Dementieva and Sharapova have unique, yet sensitive grunts. And ys says that Dinara has the best grunt! :D

Udachi Dinara! :bounce: Go for it against Serena! You never know, Serena might just have one of those matches with alot of unforced errors! :eek:

Aug 27th, 2002, 04:13 PM
ys, did you see Marat at her match?

the cat
Aug 27th, 2002, 05:23 PM
Nina, Marat was there.

Aug 28th, 2002, 05:35 AM
No, Nina, I didn't. But everybody around me was talkign about his appearance, and I watched at his sister in meantime.

She needs a lot of luck tomorrow..
Good luck, Dinara!

Aug 28th, 2002, 01:26 PM
In the today`s interview she told that she likes when her family is around when plays :)
ys, tenn_ace, didn`t you hear talking to her mother during play :) it`s quite interesting :)

Aug 28th, 2002, 04:27 PM
I can't wait to watch her play on tv later! :)

Go Dinara!

Aug 28th, 2002, 09:01 PM
Does anyone knows which will be Dinara's next tournaments?

Thanks a lot

Aug 28th, 2002, 09:16 PM
most likely to be Moscow at end of September

poor Dinara :sad:

Aug 29th, 2002, 10:10 AM
Originally posted by fresh2flash
In the today`s interview she told that she likes when her family is around when plays :)
ys, tenn_ace, didn`t you hear talking to her mother during play :) it`s quite interesting :)

Which interview is this fresh2fresh?

What impressed me most about Dinara was though she knew she was being blown away by Serena, she kept on smiling- when she got an ace and when she got her game. Her face seemed to be saying' I know I am getting thrashed here, but I am going to give as good as I can and enjoy the moment'. After reading Serena's interview I think she appreciated that Dinara managed to keep going under her clear attempt to bagle her. To me the one game is a credit to her. :)

Aug 29th, 2002, 10:50 AM
According to our commentators when Marat was playing Kiefer he turned to Dinara and said : "Look at me, don't ever play tennis like this " :D

auntie janie
Aug 29th, 2002, 01:15 PM

Go Dinara! It was fun to get to see her at age 16. By the time we see her again on US tv, she will be a very different player, I am sure. :)

Sep 2nd, 2002, 11:09 AM
There is some audio/video footage of interviews Marat and Dinara gave to Eurosport on


Can anyone get onto this via Realplay because I am having difficulty.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 12:50 PM
If your talking about the videos called "Meeting with Safin's family" then I managed to open them...
In Part 1 there is a little report on Marat's match against Kiefer and after that an interview with his dad. He's saying that he likes the way Marat plays, he always tries to entartain everyone with his game, a bit like Connors, he also added that he doesn't like to watch players who play a boring game.
Then there was a report on Dinara's first round match and an interview with their mother Rausa Islanova who was saying that she was glad that Dinara has to play Serena next..
The Safin family part 2 is just a report on Dinara SAfina vs Serena Williams and a small bit of Serena's interview where she talks about Dinara.

All of this was shown on New York Stories on Eurosport

Sep 2nd, 2002, 03:34 PM
Thanks Nina_rus,

I missed the interviews on New York Stories!.

Sep 2nd, 2002, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by Nina_rus
According to our commentators when Marat was playing Kiefer he turned to Dinara and said : "Look at me, don't ever play tennis like this " :D

What a brother.... :hearts: :hearts:

auntie janie
Oct 1st, 2002, 07:33 PM

Dinara showed COURAGE, SKILL, NERVES of STEEL, and the HEART OF A CHAMPION! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Way to go, Dinara!!!!! This match will be the talk of Moscow! :hearts:

Oct 1st, 2002, 07:45 PM
way to go Dinara :)
a great comeback and a brill win :)

now onwards and upwards :D

Oct 1st, 2002, 09:10 PM
Superb win :) & superb comeback :)
The 1st win over a Top 15 player, am I right?

Yahooooooooo, Dinara :) :bounce:

Oct 2nd, 2002, 06:05 AM
well done and congrats Dinara! :D

King Aaron
Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:19 AM
Marvelous Job Dinara!!!! :) :D

Oct 2nd, 2002, 11:13 AM
Good luck Dinara today in doubles :)

I hope Nastya won't be too tired and the team will win :)

Oct 2nd, 2002, 11:29 AM
I just caught a glimpse of Dinara on TV news. The copy of the big bro still has that funny walk. :D

I wonder if her mother has something to say about that or is just concerned with Dinara's tennis.

Oct 2nd, 2002, 06:27 PM
Good win for Dinara in doubles :)
She is having great time in Moscow this year.

Good luck against Maja M :)

Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:49 PM
good luck Dinara tomorrow vs Maja Matevzic

just be postive :)

King Aaron
Oct 3rd, 2002, 09:59 AM
Good luck today Dinara!!!! and great win in doubles!!!! :D

Oct 3rd, 2002, 06:04 PM
Dinara :sad: :(
so many chances blown ....... a break up in set 2 and 3 as well but couldn't hang on

Oct 3rd, 2002, 08:29 PM
Tough loss Dinara :sad:

On the positive side, what does not kill you makes you stronger :)

Good luck tomorrow in doubles with Nastia :)

Oct 3rd, 2002, 10:30 PM
:sad: :sad:

Now win the doubles with Nastya :)

King Aaron
Oct 4th, 2002, 12:50 PM
Dinara :( :sad: soo close.

Oct 5th, 2002, 07:12 PM
Does anybody know if Dinara will be playing in any tournaments this year?

Oct 7th, 2002, 01:42 PM
Congratulations to Dinara on reaching her career high ranking at 70 :)

Oct 12th, 2002, 09:26 AM
Congrats Dinara! :)

Nov 24th, 2002, 11:55 PM
Status of Dinara Safina as of Nov 24th

Until 17th birthday on April 27th, 2003,

Dinara has 6 tournaments left to play with 2 wildcards left:

- 5 tournaments

- 1 grand slam - Australian Open main draw

Note: She can play up to 8 tournaments until her 17th birthday. She could play 2 additional tournaments (up to 25K ITF level) if she wants to but she won't play since her ranking is too high for those low-level tournments anyway.

Since 16th birthday, Dinara has played 7 tournaments: Casablanca, Tashkent, Madrid, Moscow, and Sopot plus 2 Grand Slams: Wimbledon and US Open so far.

Nov 25th, 2002, 11:33 AM

I thought as a 16 year old Dinara is can only play 10 tournaments plus 2 ITF in addition to any Grand Slams if she has made the main draw by right ( I am sure TBE knows the full score ;))

As Dinara played qualifiers at Wimbledon - would this count as one of her 10 :confused: and therefore she only has 4 tournaments left to play plus Australia?.

Nov 25th, 2002, 12:53 PM
Slams don't count as part of the total allocated unless you play by a WC.

Dinara has from April 2002
10 WTA Tournaments

Dinara missed the 2003 French Open so she's got 13 events in total until she is 17

so she has 5 WTA Tourns to play plus AUS OPEN.

Nov 25th, 2002, 02:27 PM
Thanks for setting me straight TBE - Sharkey apologies to you:)


Nov 28th, 2002, 09:39 AM
So Dinara will be playing in Canberra Women's Classic (V) in January

Good luck, girl, and take some scalps there :)

King Aaron
Nov 28th, 2002, 03:10 PM
Good luck in Canberra Dinara! :)
When will she turn 17?

Dec 1st, 2002, 08:31 AM
Dinara is in Paris cheering for the Russian Davis Cup team. Saw her on during the Davis Cup tv coverage and she was sitting just behind brother Marat and Yevgeny, cheering for them enthusiatically. :)

King Aaron
Dec 1st, 2002, 02:29 PM
:D That's a supportive sister ;)

Dec 30th, 2002, 11:50 AM



Be warned. The Russians are coming.

No less then ten players from the former Communist superpower occupied the top 100 at the end of last season - and now they are preparing for an assault on the game's elite.

Anastasia Myskina is currently the highest ranked Russian at number 11.

But you wonder whether Myskina has the game to push on from there. Cracking the top five is a tough thing to do as the likes of Silvia Farina Elia and Meghann Shaughnessy have discovered.

Elena Dementieva and Anna Kournikova are Russians who fit into that 'nearly' category.

While they look to be on the way down, Elena Bovina is a player who has flown up the ranking list and she should soon break into the top 20.

It would also be unfair to rule out a rapid rise for Nadia Petrova, a player of whom much was expected in this column 12 months ago.

However, after a fine first couple of weeks of the year, the Russian suffered a foot injury which kept her out for seven months.

On her return, Petrova, 20, thrashed Martina Hingis in Moscow - not the result it once was but not bad all the same - and should be ready to soar up from her current position of 112.

One player who is guaranteed to earn plenty of headlines is Dinara Safina. :)

One reason for that is that Safina is the younger sister of men's world number three Marat Safin.

But she is also a player capable of letting her tennis do the talking and expect her to be one of the big movers on the rankings this term.

Safina has already made an impact on the tour, reaching the semi-finals in Estoril on her tour debut.

A first WTA title followed on the clay of Sopot, while a first Grand Slam match win was achieved when Rita Grande was beaten at the US Open.

Using her family power, Safina also recorded wins over decent players in Cristina Torrens Valero and her biggest victim to date, world number 17 Elia.

Bigger names will now be wary of the 16-year-old but she has the ability to keep making waves.

A win over a top-ten player could well follow at some stage this season, while breaking into the top 30 looks a realistic aim.


Dec 30th, 2002, 12:17 PM
thanx zosse :kiss: :)

King Aaron
Dec 30th, 2002, 02:38 PM
Thanks :)

Dec 31st, 2002, 10:04 AM
Happy New Year, Dinara! ;)

Jan 4th, 2003, 10:26 AM
Dinara plays Laura Granville in maindraw at Canberra

good luck Dinara :)

Jan 4th, 2003, 11:28 AM
Good luck Dinara!

You can beat her ;)

King Aaron
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:36 PM
Good luck Dinara! :D

Jan 5th, 2003, 06:20 AM
oh no, Dinara lost 1-6 6-3 3-6 :sad:

Jan 5th, 2003, 08:41 AM
Dinara :sad: :(
not a good start to 2003 :(
make up for it in Melbourne :)

Jan 5th, 2003, 10:07 AM
Bad loss Dinara :sad:

Show what you're made of in AO ;)

King Aaron
Jan 5th, 2003, 02:10 PM
:sad: :(

Jan 11th, 2003, 05:06 AM
congrats to Dinara for taking the doubles title with Daja.. she somewhat redeemed herself!

no good luck in the singles of AO!

Jan 11th, 2003, 05:10 AM
her doubles ranking should improve from 252 to 185-190

Jan 11th, 2003, 05:10 AM
Well done Dinara :bounce:

She plays Katarina Srebotnik (32) in the 1st round
May the 2nd slam be better than her first one.

Go Dinara :D

Jan 11th, 2003, 01:24 PM
Dinara didn't win... stupid wtatour gave wrong result...

better luck next time, Dinara

King Aaron
Jan 11th, 2003, 02:45 PM
:( :sad: :mad:

Jan 11th, 2003, 02:51 PM
Oh :sad:

Liars :fiery:

Jan 11th, 2003, 03:52 PM
stupid WTA :fiery: :mad:

go Dinara :) and win some matches in Aus Open :)

Jan 13th, 2003, 08:55 AM
Dinara :sad: :(
she should have beaten Kata
6-3 3-6 3-6 loss :(

had chances to lead in 3rd too :(

Jan 13th, 2003, 10:14 AM
Dinara :( :mad:

Inexperience told
Don't get too dishearted, girl

Jan 13th, 2003, 10:17 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/20030113182043233000a61a99e69f00256cad002893fd.htm l

Safina making her own mark
Monday, 13 January, 2003
by Barry Levinson


With eight players currently ranked in the women's top 50, Russia is having a big influence on the WTA Tour.

Another bright Russian-prospect, 16 year-old Dinara Safina, is not in the top 50 yet, but it's likely to be only a matter of time - even if she doesn't think so herself.

Safina is the younger sister of men's world No.3 Marat Safin and shares her brother's trait of being quite self deprecating after a defeat.

Despite her tender years, Safina took her own world ranking up to No.68 last season, after less than a year on the WTA Tour.

Currently ranked at No.70, Safina had high hopes before her first-ever appearance at the Australian Open, heading into Monday's first-round match against Slovakian No.32 seed Katarina Srebotnik.

Watched on by her support crew, which included her mother and coach Raouza Islanova and famous brother, the Russian began well in the match on court 10, claiming the first set 6-3.

But after the conclusion of the first set, Marat left to hit the practice courts and the tide turned in favour of the higher-ranked Srebotnik, who went on to win the next two sets 6-3, 6-3 and claim the match.

Call it a coincidence, but Safina did not look quite as assured on the court after her brother disappeared. And despite the credentials of her opponent, the Russian was far from happy with her performance.

"I'm not playing very good right now," she said. "I don't have a lot of confidence and I'm not happy with how I played today." Asked what she needs to improve in her game, she replied: "Everything".

"I was practising really hard and I came here with the confidence and now I don't know. I've lost two first-rounds and I don't know what's happening. I'm playing not bad, but not enough to beat these players."

As well as losing in the first-round here, Safina was knocked out in the first-round of last week's Canberra Women's Classic by world No.46 Laura Granville of the United States, also in three sets.

Safina is a tall girl (1.82 metres) and possesses a high bouncing serve and powerful groundstrokes, not unlike her bother. However, she herself doesn't believe that their games are very similar now, although she would like them to be.

"We have different games," Safina concluded. He plays much more aggressive than me. I'm trying to do it, but how I'm playing now, I'm playing so bad."

Safina did not make her debut on the WTA Tour until last April, when her ranking stood at No.404. Three months later, her ranking was already down to No.169 and she won her first title at Sopot in Poland, including a victory over current world No.15 Patty Schnyder.

But the Russian believes that being able to maintain her ranking this year will prove more difficult than making her way up the list last year.

"I was playing good last year. Because it was my first year I didn't have to defend anything (ranking points) so that's why I was going up. We'll see this year, I don't know."

But her frame of mind at the time of our interview suggested she has modest ambitions for 2003.

"This year, if I finish top 100, I'll be happy, because the way I'm playing, I'm not happy, so if I finish top 100, that will be a big relief," she said.

The brother and sister were always going to be tennis players. Aside from their mother being a tennis coach, their father is the director of a tennis club in their native Moscow. And the youngster is quite happy forging a career for herself on the courts and can't imagine herself doing anything else.

Safina doesn't get to see her brother play very often. The Grand Slams are a rare opportunity for them to offer visible support to each other. And Safina thinks she can learn much from the way her brother plays and will be there when he takes to the court against the Netherlands' Raimon Sluiter on Tuesday.

"He's playing great. How he serves, the way he's playing, everything I like from him," she says.

King Aaron
Jan 13th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Dinara :sad: :(

Jan 13th, 2003, 02:38 PM

Feb 3rd, 2003, 09:46 AM
so where will her next tournament be?
good luck dinara!

Feb 3rd, 2003, 01:10 PM
She plans to play next week in Doha :)

Feb 9th, 2003, 05:54 AM
GOod Luck against Adriana Serra-Zanetti....a tuff double/double.

King Aaron
Feb 9th, 2003, 03:16 PM
Good luck Dinara! :D

Feb 9th, 2003, 10:30 PM
Good luck Dinara :)
You need a win to get more confident this year ;)

Feb 10th, 2003, 08:29 AM
Best of luck Dinara! :D

Feb 10th, 2003, 04:28 PM
Dinara bt. Adr. Serra-Zannetti 6-2 7-6 ;)

Now she plays Sveta :eek:

King Aaron
Feb 11th, 2003, 05:23 PM
Congrats Dinara :D

Good luck against Sveta

Feb 12th, 2003, 03:32 PM
Dinara bt. Sveta 6-4 6-3 :)

Great win!
Congrats girl ;)

Next is Nastia :fiery:

Feb 12th, 2003, 08:01 PM
Congrats Dina :D

Dinara-Nastya :rolleyes: Stupid draws ;)

Feb 13th, 2003, 01:22 AM
Good job Dinara!

Wish you luck against nastya
Not that I want Nastya to lose.... :mad: :o :(

Feb 13th, 2003, 03:39 AM
Congrats Dinara! :) :D

auntie janie
Feb 13th, 2003, 01:39 PM
Congrats Dinara! Nice to see you back in form. :) :kiss:

King Aaron
Feb 13th, 2003, 02:34 PM
Dinara :D

Feb 13th, 2003, 08:02 PM
Congrats Dinara! Good luck against Nastya! :bounce:

Feb 13th, 2003, 08:02 PM
Here are some nice pics of Dinara :)




Feb 13th, 2003, 08:03 PM


Feb 14th, 2003, 02:24 PM
Dinara was beaten by Nastia 2-6 5-7 :(

Better luck in your next tourney, girl :D

King Aaron
Feb 14th, 2003, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the pics. :)

Dinara :( :(
She's in Dubai qualies

Feb 16th, 2003, 08:26 AM
go go go dinara!!! she won her first match in the qualies at dubai. hopefully she can qualify and do some damage in the main draw.

Feb 16th, 2003, 08:27 AM
oh yeah, great pics BTW

King Aaron
Feb 16th, 2003, 03:40 PM
Dinara :)

Feb 17th, 2003, 11:43 AM
Dinara won her last qualy match 7-6 6-3 :bounce:

Good luck in the MD girl!

Feb 17th, 2003, 02:19 PM
Guess who Dinara plays in the 1st round? Nastia :fiery:

They are first on the centre court on Tuesday.
Good luck Dinara ;)

King Aaron
Feb 17th, 2003, 03:53 PM
Well done Dinara! :D

:mad: Stupid draw! Come on Dinara! You can do it!

Feb 18th, 2003, 05:33 AM
Argh! :mad:

Good luck Dinara! :D

Feb 18th, 2003, 11:41 AM
For the second week in a row Dinara was beaten by Nastia :fiery:

This time 4-6 3-6 :sad:
At least she has some points from qualies

King Aaron
Feb 18th, 2003, 04:14 PM
:sad: :sad: This year has been a bad year for Russians and draws!

Feb 18th, 2003, 10:43 PM
dinara had a chance to gain a lot of points in the tournament before the oz open and lost first round. other than that she has lost to very good players. srebotnik once and myskina twice.

Feb 21st, 2003, 11:38 AM
Dinara is so cute..

Feb 25th, 2003, 06:07 AM
Just out of curiosity, Dinara is limited to play 10 Wta/Itf tourneys??? plus the 4 grand slam since she got direct entry for them? is that right? 14 tourney's for her all year???

Feb 25th, 2003, 10:42 AM
Originally posted by AnDyDog621
Just out of curiosity, Dinara is limited to play 10 Wta/Itf tourneys??? plus the 4 grand slam since she got direct entry for them? is that right? 14 tourney's for her all year???


You are right - Dinara can play 10 tournaments + grand slames + Fed Cup until her next birthday under the age eligibility rule. Between her 17th and 18th birthday she will be able to play 13 tournaments + grand slams and Fed Cup.

Feb 26th, 2003, 07:04 AM
Co0l, thx Mags

Feb 27th, 2003, 06:11 AM
Her B-day is only two months away too!! :bounce:

Mar 3rd, 2003, 09:33 AM
Good luck Dinara @ Indian Wells!

Make sure you avoid Nastia in early rounds :D

Mar 4th, 2003, 08:02 AM
dinara should get to the 3rd round but after that it is hard for her.

good luck dinara!

King Aaron
Mar 4th, 2003, 02:59 PM
Dinara plays Chladkova first. Good luck!

Mar 5th, 2003, 01:30 PM
best of luck Dinara :)
just do your best kiddo :)

King Aaron
Mar 6th, 2003, 02:55 PM
Dinara lost 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-7(2) :sad: :sad:

Mar 6th, 2003, 04:15 PM
Very disappointing loss indeed :sad: :(
Dinara still has a lot to learn

Don't get too upset, girl.
Things will only get better ;)

Mar 8th, 2003, 01:57 AM
Dinara is alive with Nastia in doubles (at least :mad: )

Today they won 5-7 6-1 6-4 over Rittner/Vento-Kabachi :D
Go girls and have some fun on the court
even thought next are Lindsay/Lisa ;)

Mar 17th, 2003, 09:08 AM
c'mon dinara you can do well here. you have the 6talent, now show everyone what you can do.

Mar 18th, 2003, 12:41 AM
Dinara vs Anna K :mad:

c'mon Dinara, time to make the headlines :)
good luck girl, and don't let the big stadium court intimade you. (sure it will be on the main stadium court)

Mar 18th, 2003, 04:38 AM
Best of luck, Dinara! You can do it girl! :)

Mar 18th, 2003, 05:03 AM
some pics of Dinara practicing. No comment on the outfit :o ;)



Mar 18th, 2003, 06:47 AM
Good luck Dinara!

You already know what it is to play on the main court against the player who draws media attention. Make it a winning experience this time. I believe in you. Now you've got to believe, too ;)

Throwing rackets in pic 1? :o

Mar 18th, 2003, 06:50 AM
Good luck Dinara! :D :)

King Aaron
Mar 18th, 2003, 03:08 PM
Good luck Dinara!

You already know what it is to play on the main court against the player who draws media attention. Make it a winning experience this time. I believe in you. Now you've got to believe, too ;)

Throwing rackets in pic 1? :o
Good luck Dinara! :)

Yes, I think she has some of her brothers behaviour. ;)

Mar 18th, 2003, 03:17 PM
Ugh... don't be like your brother! :( Just make sure not to play mindless tennis like him.

No comment on the "outfit", either. ;)

auntie janie
Mar 19th, 2003, 12:36 AM
Good luck, Dinara! Stay cool! :cool: Remember, Anna will be as nervous as you!

But please, remember to put on a shirt for the match! :eek:

Mar 19th, 2003, 12:40 AM
If she wants to be as popular as Anna... ah, nevermind, I already have the Anna fans on my ass. :p

Mar 19th, 2003, 07:26 PM
Good Luck Dinara in your match against Anna. Davai!

Mar 19th, 2003, 11:06 PM
As expected, Dinara vs Anna is a night match on centre court. Just keep your head together, Dinara and don't get overwhelmed by the occassion ;)

Mar 20th, 2003, 01:03 AM
wonder if Marat will be there to watch? :confused:

Good luck Dinara! Play well and enjoy yourself out there!

Mar 20th, 2003, 01:20 AM
If she wants to be as popular as Anna... ah, nevermind, I already have the Anna fans on my ass. :p

I'll have you know Anna only stripped ONCE during a match...bah, nevermind.

Mar 21st, 2003, 02:57 AM
Dinara won 6-1 6-4 :)

well done Dinara :)
next up is Ai

auntie janie
Mar 21st, 2003, 03:02 AM
Congrats, Dinara! :)

I must say, I totally underestimated Dinara's ability to handle the pressure of the whole AK match-scene -- night match, main stadium, hordes of photogs, etc etc. I know AK did not play well, but still Dinara had to close it out, coming back from a break down in the 2nd. Impressive! :hearts:

Mar 21st, 2003, 03:09 AM
Well done, Dinara! :)

I like that she came back in the 2nd, and won the final 2 games in the 2nd set, when it really mattered. She didn't blow it on the big points.

Keep it up! :)