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goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Dinara reached the QF of the USO, and the doubles final. That earned her about $250,000 for 2 weeks.
For a high quality player like Dinara, the majors are very important.
The points and prizemoney are the highest all year, in these 4 majors.

totor
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:07 PM
She lost in the 2nd round last year. So she has so many pints to win this year !!:)
Davaiiii Dina !

goldenlox
Jan 7th, 2007, 01:22 PM
Right. Dinara didn't find her best form until Rome.
Then got ill in the fall.
A full healthy year could get Dinara into the top 5, or near it.

goldenlox
Jan 8th, 2007, 10:37 PM
Now that Dinara was bounced in round 1 in Sydney, she'd better pull herself together.
A player at her level needs to show her best tennis at the majors.

myxomatosis
Jan 9th, 2007, 03:15 AM
It's time to bring out the Big Guns. :armed:
I'm knocking on wood because I have a bad feeling that Dinara is going to be upset early.
So davai Dinara! and prove me dead wrong!

Dexter
Jan 9th, 2007, 06:20 AM
Dawaj! :rocker2:

goldenlox
Jan 9th, 2007, 12:46 PM
Dinara will be #9 seed in Melbourne

Zombielicious
Jan 11th, 2007, 04:59 PM
Good Luck Dinara!
:worship:

Escape
Jan 11th, 2007, 09:30 PM
Good luck Dinara :bounce:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:37 AM
Dinara has Li in round 3, then she could face Hingis again. Tough draw

Dinara Safina RUS (9) vs. Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
Youlia Fedossova FRA vs. Catalina Castano COL
QUALIFIER vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP
Elena Bovina RUS vs. Na Li CHN (19)

Eleni Daniilidou GRE (32) vs. Aiko Nakamura JPN
Olga Savchuk UKR vs. Sania Mirza IND
QUALIFIER vs. Emma Laine FIN
Nathalie Dechy FRA vs. Martina Hingis SUI (6)

Dexter
Jan 12th, 2007, 05:45 AM
I like this draw. :) If Dinara is well-rested she could make the QF :D
Good luck vs Katya first :yeah:

Princess Sarah.
Jan 12th, 2007, 08:54 AM
Come on Dinara!

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 12:33 PM
Very difficult rounds 3 and 4.

Escape
Jan 12th, 2007, 10:31 PM
I think Dinara could get to the QF :D

But Na Li could be tough in the 3rd round and I hope she can beat Hingis Again :devil:

goldenlox
Jan 12th, 2007, 11:25 PM
I want Dinara to do well in doubles also

goldenlox
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:58 PM
Dinara lost her first match in Sydney, so she shouldn't look past her first match with Katya.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:16 AM
Dinara reached the QF of the USO, and the doubles final. That earned her about $250,000 for 2 weeks.
For a high quality player like Dinara, the majors are very important.
The points and prizemoney are the highest all year, in these 4 majors.

Definitely like prizemoney don't you?:lol: I'm always reading posts about money:p

Tough, tough draw for Dinara:( But if she wants to be top 10, she has to show she can make her way through draws like this.
I really want Dinara to consolidate herself in the top 10 this year. But it is going to be tough. There are the girls in the top 10 now plus Nicole, Ana, Jankovic, Anna all knocking on the door to get in.

~|Naomi|~
Jan 14th, 2007, 08:06 AM
Safina has old guard in sights (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/sport/2007/01/14/stwhit14.xml)


By Clive White, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated: 11:43pm GMT 13/01/2007


Being the sister of Marat Safin, it was perhaps understandable that Dinara Safina should believe it when everyone around her told her that success would come as a matter of course. Naturally, it didn't. There never has and never will be a substitute for hard work, no matter how good the pedigree or how great the talent, and now it's beginning to pay off, to such an extent that Martina Hingis recently predicted she could even eclipse her two-time grand slam-winning brother. Safina will take that with a pinch of salt also.

She is, however, now a genuine contender and one of a clutch of young players who are threatening to sweep aside the old guard in 2007. Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo and Serena Williams have already this year felt the chill wind of change, even if the soon-to-retire Belgian did manage to pull it around against another young pretender, Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, when match-point down, in the final of the Medibank International in Sydney on Friday.

"Everyone should watch her because she's going to be maybe even better than her brother," said Hingis after losing to Safina in the final of the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championship on the Gold Coast last week. "She doesn't have as much touch, but she has more will and desire."
It was, as Safina said, "a nice compliment" providing she meant it. "I hope she was honest to me. She might really see something inside of me, so now I just have to discover it myself."

It was the home truths of a little-known Russian coach, Alexandr Zlatoustov, that had the greatest effect upon Safina, now coached by Glen Schaap. She had followed in her brother's footsteps to Barcelona at a formative stage of her career, but having reached the top 50 of the Sony Ericsson Tour her career plateaued two years ago.

"I thought it was going to be much easier, that things would come by themselves," the 20-year-old said. "I had not wrong people but wrong opinions around me, telling everything will come. But then I had a Russian coach who explained everything to me, who opened my eyes.
"I asked him, 'What's going on? Why aren't I playing so good?' He asked me, 'Do you really think you're giving 100 per cent in practice?' I said, 'I think so'. He told me, 'I think you can do more'. It was tough for me to change but I understood if I want to be up there I have to change."

Work ethic has always been something which set the Russian women apart, even if the men, Safina says, are mentally "a little bit weak". She wasn't, of course, referring to her temperamental brother, but if Safin had had some of the desire that his sister now has he might have done a lot more in his career, which is what Hingis was alluding to.

Safina is nothing if not tenacious, even when the conditions, it seems, couldn't be worse for a Germanic type like herself, she will tough it out, her face glowing redder with every game.
"If the [Russian] woman really wants something she will really go and get it," she said, "we never give up, even if we have tough moments we will come through," she said.

Camaraderie is not something the Russian women are big on. Safina admitted they don't socialise together as the French do, but there was certainly nothing wrong with their team spirit when they beat France in Paris to win the Federation Cup in 2005.

Safina played a big part, partnering Elena Dementieva in the decisive doubles rubber. Now it's time for selfish thoughts and to be famous for something other than being Safin's sister. "Maybe I'm less talented than Marat, but I'm trying," she said.

Dexter
Jan 14th, 2007, 09:30 AM
Here's Dinara's part of the draw in doubles (3rd quarter):

Dinara Safina RUS (5)/Katarina Srebotnik SLO (5) vs. Anna Chakvetadze RUS /Mara Santangelo ITA
Iveta Benesova CZE /Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE vs. Severine Bremond FRA /Amelie Mauresmo FRA
Yuliana Fedak UKR /Tatiana Perebiynis UKR vs. Yung-Jan Chan TPE /Chia-Jung Chuang TPE
Tathiana Garbin ITA /Roberta Vinci ITA vs. Marion Bartoli FRA (11)/Shahar Peer ISR (11)

Janette Husarova SVK (15)/Jelena Jankovic SRB (15) vs. Martina Hingis SUI /Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Lucie Hradecka CZE /Renata Voracova CZE vs. Vera Dushevina RUS /Maria Kirilenko RUS
Ashley Harkleroad USA /Galina Voskoboeva RUS vs. Milagros Sequera VEN /Meilen Tu USA
Emilie Loit FRA /Nicole Pratt AUS vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP (4)/Paola Suarez ARG (4) Good luck! :rocker:

Meeek
Jan 14th, 2007, 12:13 PM
Good luck Dinara!!!! Go get 'm!!! :rocker2:

myxomatosis
Jan 14th, 2007, 03:58 PM
Gooooo Dinara!!! :bounce: :banana:

Yaaaaaay Meeek!! :D :D :D

Meeek
Jan 14th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Gooooo Dinara!!! :bounce: :banana:

Yaaaaaay Meeek!! :D :D :D

:wavey: :)

myxomatosis
Jan 14th, 2007, 04:11 PM
Long time no see kid ;)
Always awesome to have you around :hug:

goldenlox
Jan 14th, 2007, 04:50 PM
Work ethic has always been something which set the Russian women apart, even if the men, Safina says, are mentally "a little bit weak". She wasn't, of course, referring to her temperamental brother, but if Safin had had some of the desire that his sister now has he might have done a lot more in his career, which is what Hingis was alluding to.

Safina is nothing if not tenacious, even when the conditions, it seems, couldn't be worse for a Germanic type like herself, she will tough it out, her face glowing redder with every game.
"If the [Russian] woman really wants something she will really go and get it," she said, "we never give up, even if we have tough moments we will come through," she said.

Meeek
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:18 PM
Long time no see kid ;)
Always awesome to have you around :hug:

I know!
Thank you :hug:
The AO woke me from hibernation ;)

~|Naomi|~
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Dinara plays last on Show Court 3 on Tuesday.

Show Court 3

Olga Savchuk v Sania Mirza
Nikolay Davydenko (3) v Sergio Roitman
Xavier Malisse (29) v Arnaud Clement
Dinara Safina (9) v Ekaterina Bychkova

Good Luck Dinara:)

Dexter
Jan 15th, 2007, 05:24 PM
Dawaj Dinara! :banana:

Damita
Jan 15th, 2007, 11:58 PM
Go Dina!!! :bounce:

Meeek
Jan 16th, 2007, 08:04 AM
Go Dina!!! :bounce:

Stephyyyy! :hug:

goldenlox
Jan 17th, 2007, 02:03 AM
Dinara won her first round match 7-6(5), 6-1.

lilimi
Jan 17th, 2007, 06:18 AM
well done dina! good luck against fedossova tomorow, she can be dangerous!

maryc
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:06 PM
Safina, davai!

Mary

Dexter
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:16 PM
:woohoo:

Best of luck vs Youlia! :D

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:41 PM
Match Summary
Safina (RUS) Bychkova (RUS)

1st Serve % 43 of 66 = 65 % 30 of 66 = 45 %

Aces 4 6

Double Faults 3 4

Unforced Errors 16 15

Winning % on 1st Serve 29 of 43 = 67 % 21 of 30 = 70 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 9 of 23 = 39 % 12 of 36 = 33 %

Winners (Including Service) 32 24

Receiving Points Won 33 of 66 = 50 % 28 of 66 = 42 %

Break Point Conversions 6 of 12 = 50 % 3 of 8 = 38 %

Net Approaches 10 of 12 = 83 % 10 of 16 = 63 %

Total Points Won 71 61

Fastest Serve 172 km/h 188 km/h

Average 1st Serve Speed 154 km/h 172 km/h

Average 2nd Serve Speed 131 km/h 123 km/h

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Tomorrow agains Fedossova 2nd match on crt 3

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2007, 03:47 PM
+ doubles - last one on crt 13

Good Luck!!!

Escape
Jan 17th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Well done Dinara :bounce:

Good luck in the 2nd round

Dexter
Jan 18th, 2007, 06:09 AM
Dinara won 63 62. :yeah: :bounce:

Now up against Li Na :scared: good luck!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 18th, 2007, 09:04 AM
cONGRATS!!!

Na Li cld be difficult

Princess Sarah.
Jan 18th, 2007, 10:32 AM
woooooooooooooooot dinara!

maryc
Jan 18th, 2007, 04:04 PM
Good good good! I love the look on her face in the
new photos.

Mary

Escape
Jan 18th, 2007, 10:24 PM
Dinara :yeah:

Li Na will be a tough match

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2007, 11:15 AM
Very tough 3rd round match. Very tough section of the draw.

goldenlox
Jan 20th, 2007, 02:15 PM
Dinara was rained out , while Hingis got to play indoors.
So Dinara plays Sunday, and hopefully she wins and isn't exhausted.

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 01:29 AM
Dinara lost to Li 2-6, 2-6. A very bad result.
Still in doubles

Dexter
Jan 21st, 2007, 01:30 AM
Dinara lost 26 26 :sobbing:

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 01:48 AM
Not a good effort, but Dinara had a bad draw.
Still, she lost to Pratt in Sydney, so 2 weak tournaments in a row.

Meeek
Jan 21st, 2007, 09:23 AM
I read she cried during the match??
What happened?

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 04:41 PM
I haven't seen any quotes from Dinara, or match reports

http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/XMEL11401210255.jpg

Russia's Dinara Safina bounces her racket in frustration during her third round match against China's Li Na at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. Li won in straight sets 6-2 6-2. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/XMEL11501210254.jpg

Russia's Dinara Safina sits in her chair during her third round match against China's Li Na at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. Li won in straight sets 6-2 6-2. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Zombielicious
Jan 21st, 2007, 05:09 PM
Those pictures are just horribly sad.

I really thought she had this match down and would be moving on...but I just don't know what happened.

:hysteric:

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2007, 06:15 PM
She still won a title in Australia. Dinara has to get back to that form.
First, she has doubles to play.

Escape
Jan 21st, 2007, 07:04 PM
Bad result for Dinara :( :sad:

Hopefully she can do well in the doubles

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2007, 01:23 AM
Dinara/Srebotnik up 7-5, 1-2

goldenlox
Jan 22nd, 2007, 03:53 AM
Dinara and Srebotnik lost 7-5, 2-6, 4-6.
Lousy major for Dinara.
Bovina played Na close, Hingis beat her.
I don't know why Dinara lost 2 & 2

~|Naomi|~
Jan 22nd, 2007, 09:38 AM
Na Li was on fire against Dinara. Did what is key to beating Dinara, expose her movement. Li continuously had the return of serve back at Dinara's feet, Dinara had barely finished her service motion and she had to play the next shot. You can't even compare the level Na Li showed against Dinara and her level against Hingis. I think Na Li is a similar match up for Dinara as Ivanovic is. I don't want to see those girls in Dinara's draws:p

goldenlox
Jan 26th, 2007, 03:55 AM
Of all the Russian players in Melbourne, I don't understand what happened to Dinara.
After winning Gold Coast, she hasn't done much. I expect Dinara to challenge for the YEC.
But she looks far away now.