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Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:43 AM
Difficult section for Dinara

Dinara Safina RUS [13] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
Alberta Brianti ITA vs. Akiko Morigami JPN
Shuai Peng CHN vs. Hana Sromova CZE [Q]
Venus Williams USA [23] vs. Alla Kudryavtseva RUS

Ai Sugiyama JPN [26] vs. Melanie South GBR [WC]
Maria Kirilenko RUS vs. Alize Cornet FRA [LL]
Severine Bremond FRA vs. Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
Maria Sharapova RUS [2] vs. Yung-Jan Chan TPE

Jun 23rd, 2007, 01:14 AM
Good luck Dinara!

Jun 23rd, 2007, 04:46 AM
Verrrry tough draw for Dinara - hope she can play her best though.

Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:46 PM
Not the best of draw's for Dinara :mad:

Jun 24th, 2007, 12:32 AM
Not the best of draw's for Dinara :mad:

Certainly not the best...if she does lose 3rd round I wish she would enter Cincinnati so I could see her!!!

Jun 26th, 2007, 11:46 AM
Dinara's match is the 5th and final one on Court 3, good luck today!! :bounce:

Court 3 Schedule
Elena Baltacha GBR vs (19)Katarina Srebotnik SLO
(19)Jonas Bjorkman SWE vs Fernando Vicente ESP
(7)Tomas Berdych CZE vs Nicolas Massu CHI
(6)Nikolay Davydenko RUS vs Evgeny Korolev RUS
(13)Dinara Safina RUS vs Kateryna Bondarenko UKR

Jun 26th, 2007, 02:29 PM
3 mens matches first. She'll only play if it doesn't rain

Jun 26th, 2007, 10:08 PM
Dinara will now play her round 1 match tomorrow. She opens up proceedings on Court 13 where brother Marat was playing today! :D

Schedule of play on Court 13
(13)Dinara Safina RUS vs Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
(9)Martina Hingis SUI vs Aiko Nakamura JPN
Jan Hernych CZE vs (15)Ivan Ljubicic CRO
(31)Michaella Krajicek vs (WC)Katie O'Brien GBR
Elena Baltacha GBR/Naomi Cavaday GBR vs Stephanie Foretz FRA/Selima Sfar TUN

Jun 27th, 2007, 01:37 AM
Dinara's draw is insane. She has the 2005 champion in round 3 and the 2004 champion right after.

Jun 27th, 2007, 04:17 AM
Dinara has the worst draw of anyone no doubt......just take it one match at a time....if Venus plays like she did today....Dinara can definitely take her out.

Jun 27th, 2007, 02:34 PM
Dinara has the worst draw of anyone no doubt......just take it one match at a time....if Venus plays like she did today....Dinara can definitely take her out.

I agree if she meets Venus it would be a winnable match and she has beaten Sharapova before, although on grass it might be a different situation! She always seems to get tough draws at the slams though :sad:

Jun 27th, 2007, 03:02 PM
Dinara d K Bondarenko 75 76(7)

Foot's Fingers
Jun 27th, 2007, 03:02 PM
Match Summary

Safina (RUS) Bondarenko (UKR)

1st Serve % 68 of 90 = 76 % 56 of 95 = 59 %

Aces 5 3

Double Faults 5 5

Unforced Errors 22 34

Winning % on 1st Serve 41 of 68 = 60 % 37 of 56 = 66 %

Winning % on 2nd Serve 12 of 22 = 55 % 15 of 39 = 38 %

Winners (Including Service) 18 31

Receiving Points Won 43 of 90 = 48 % 37 of 85 = 44 %

Break Point Conversions 4 of 10 = 40 % 3 of 7 = 43 %

Net Approaches 8 of 11 = 73 % 10 of 19 = 53 %

Total Points Won 96 89

Fastest Serve 109 MPH 111 MPH

Average 1st Serve Speed 100 MPH 103 MPH

Average 2nd Serve Speed 90 MPH 83 MPH

Foot's Fingers
Jun 27th, 2007, 03:04 PM
won 75 76(7)

saved 4sps at least

she had some problems with Katerina BUT always breaks back when needed

Comparing her match vs JJ last week : she was playing worse today but it was enough

Hope she save good playing for next matches

Jun 27th, 2007, 07:01 PM
Shaky first match but she will get better.

Jun 27th, 2007, 07:12 PM
Congrats on the wins, Dinara! :hug:

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:01 AM
Safina Stays Focused to Win

Safina Backhand
©Reuters / T. Pierdomenico

Wednesday, 27 June, 2007

Russian 13th seed Dinara Safina saw off a spirited challenge from former Wimbledon junior champion Kateryna Bondarenko to take her place in the second round.

In a gripping match, which ended up much closer than the rankings would have suggested, 20-year-old Ukrainian Bondarenko grafted away but could not make the vital points count and went down 7-5, 7-6 (9-7).

Bondarenko, the 2004 girls' champion, had a lightning start against Safina, sister of Marat and herself a junior finalist here in 2001.

Though she looked worried at 3-1 down, Safina found new levels of focus and broke back in the sixth - setting the scene for a tightly matched and compelling contest.

With Bondarenko serving at 4-5, the determination to steal the serve and the set was visibly etched on Safina’s face. A service return was pinpointed to Bondarenko’s backhand baseline corner for a Safina set point. But Bondarenko was not to be so easily crushed.

In her next service though, Bondarenko’s game was a little more anxious, and though she pulled out some strong first serves, is was not enough to prevent Safina taking the set, after nearly an hour’s play.

The second set became an absorbing encounter between the two big hitters. Bondarenko came out fighting and immediately broke serve. A mammoth service game by Safina in the ninth game set up an unfolding denouement of break and counter break.

The tie-break followed the same pattern. A rare approach to the net resulted in a netted volley by Safina, giving Bondarenko a 5-3 lead. Safina’s timing was temporarily lost as Bondarenko worked herself three set points. But she couldn’t make any of these tell.

Safina needed just one match point to take the tie-break 9-7, and seal victory.

Written by Sally Easton

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:01 AM
Court 4

11:00 am Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Iveta Benesova (CZE)
v. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[12]

2 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)[21]
v. Michael Berrer (GER)

3 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS)[13]
v. Akiko Morigami (JPN

Jun 28th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Dinara just held for 46 54 She has to win this set

Jun 28th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Dinara lost in round 2, an awful result for her

Jun 28th, 2007, 05:17 PM

I thought this would be a fairly easy match for her and I was shocked to see that she lost! :sad:


Jul 2nd, 2007, 06:15 PM
I saw Morigami play Venus, and she played well.
Still, it's Wimbledon, and you have to find a way to win in round 2.