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UDACHi
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:27 PM
just wondering. i've been a fan for a while now, but she is definitely not playing her best at the moment. just curious as to how high you think she could go.

cellophane
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:28 PM
Quite a bit more that I thought. She really impressed me in the 2nd set against Bartoli.

Craigy
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:32 PM
She has a lot of potential. She makes her matches so much harder than they should be.

LudwigDvorak
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:36 PM
She has an excellent serve, excellent direction and pace of her groundstrokes, plus she has one of the best drives on the tour. Those three things have helped her crack the top 10, but until she learns how build a transition game and hit the ball with some more variety she isn't going anywhere too fast.

There are reasons she struggles against Mauresmo and Henin and has beaten Kuznetsova and Dementieva. I've never seen her be a slam champion but semifinals/finals are definitely not out of the picture.

howardean
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:41 PM
omg i was at her match versus daniilidou. when i got there she was ON...serving bombs, pinning her groundies in the corners and really pumping herself up. from 5-4, 40-15, however, she was a COMPLETELY different player. double faulting all the time, tons of errors, and really getting upset with herself. she has a great game, but i think her two major weaknesses are fitness and her mental game. she was almost crying for the rest of the match, and kept letting little things get to her. she was audibly trying to catch her breath for the whole third set. however, i love her fieriness and it is my hope that she will be able to translate that into more positive results in the future. her serve is really impressive.

Mudbone
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:43 PM
just wondering. i've been a fan for a while now, but she is definitely not playing her best at the moment. just curious as to how high you think she could go.



Whatever potential she has is undermined by her awful lack of mobility and her incompetent tactical choices....

UDACHi
Aug 25th, 2007, 04:53 PM
omg i was at her match versus daniilidou. when i got there she was ON...serving bombs, pinning her groundies in the corners and really pumping herself up. from 5-4, 40-15, however, she was a COMPLETELY different player. double faulting all the time, tons of errors, and really getting upset with herself. she has a great game, but i think her two major weaknesses are fitness and her mental game. she was almost crying for the rest of the match, and kept letting little things get to her. she was audibly trying to catch her breath for the whole third set. however, i love her fieriness and it is my hope that she will be able to translate that into more positive results in the future. her serve is really impressive.

:eek: i was at the match too! :rolls:
where were you sitting?

howardean
Aug 25th, 2007, 05:31 PM
lol! front row, left of the chair, about at the service line. you?

Demska
Aug 25th, 2007, 05:32 PM
She always seems flustered when I see her. I like her alot too, I think she needs to work on the physical side.

UDACHi
Aug 25th, 2007, 05:37 PM
lol! front row, left of the chair, about at the service line. you?

i was about at the same place, but in the second row. :lol:
what do you look like? :p

Beny
Aug 25th, 2007, 05:45 PM
She reminds me a lot of Petrova. Her game I mean. They even used to wear the same clothes,same clothing sponsor.And the brand of their racket...
Back to topic, like petrova, she has a great serve, and she plays deep, top spin...+Safina can play great angles, better than Petrova I think. Safina is a right-handed Schnyder in terms of angles, as well as Hantuchova...
I think she'll always be TOP20 player. She has the weapons, but can't put it all together plus she's rather slow..

Wayn77
Aug 25th, 2007, 06:28 PM
She reminds me a lot of Petrova. Her game I mean. They even used to wear the same clothes,same clothing sponsor.And the brand of their racket...

I've heard this soo many times: disagree, their games are nothing alike.

Safina seems low on confidence and self-belief right now - and not playing anywhere near her full potential this year. She was actually favourite to beat Ivanovic in the Toronto semi last year: which shows how much she has regressed. The recent third set against Pin and second v Bartoli was Dina at her best - an awesome barrage of fore-hands and temporarily dominating play. Not enough variety or technically sound match play to be a Slam contender.

cellophane
Aug 25th, 2007, 06:35 PM
Dinara plays nothing like Nadia... although I think Dinara actually has and used some variety.

Megkiss!
Aug 25th, 2007, 06:37 PM
Pay a look on San Diego 2006.

Bruno71
Aug 25th, 2007, 07:51 PM
She does play like Marat a bit...either very good (perhaps not brilliant like Marat yet) or very sub-par. And as has been illustrated, the two can occur in the very same match. She's not yet a threat to the very top players either (except Sharapova on clay).

Slutiana
Aug 25th, 2007, 08:42 PM
she reminds me of safin in the way she has potential but i doubt she will achieve it because there's something missing. Safin had/has soooooooooooooo much potential, all the shots. I seriously thought he could have been better than federer but he has something missing.

brent-o
Aug 25th, 2007, 08:52 PM
She certainly has some potential. She has impressed me recently. I used to not think much of her but if she can get her game together and get the confidence back, she could contend for Slams.

frontier
Aug 25th, 2007, 08:53 PM
average potential

goldenlox
Aug 25th, 2007, 10:03 PM
She has a lot of power. Her movement will limit her. She's been in the top 10 and beat Sharapova at a major and a Tier I.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Aug 25th, 2007, 10:07 PM
shes got a lot of potential-she may well have a career much like safins, disappointing. mentally she isnt strong and she makes every match harder than it should be even against easy opposition. she'll be top 10 again and will compete at the sharp ends of slams, but will she do it consistently-i cant see it

RJWCapriati
Aug 26th, 2007, 04:31 AM
I would say at least top 3 eventually

Thanx4nothin
Aug 26th, 2007, 04:35 AM
Not enough to win a slam unless there are extremely extenuating circumstances.

Sund7101
Aug 26th, 2007, 05:33 AM
Whatever potential she has is undermined by her awful lack of mobility and her incompetent tactical choices....

I completely agree. She's the worst mover on tour and can't construct a point.

marycarillosucks
Aug 26th, 2007, 05:54 AM
Safina's potential = overrated.

She's been on tour for a few years now, and we've seen pretty much all that we're going to see from her. She's a marginal Top 10/teens ranked player.

goldenlox
Aug 26th, 2007, 12:02 PM
I know she works very hard, but that doesn't always guarantee results.

darkangel23
Aug 26th, 2007, 12:34 PM
She has weapons (serve, backhand) BUT unless she doesn't have to move! I mean come on she is slower than Hantuchova or Sharapova! I think only with serve she can't reach a lot higher. She can set an upset of course (like when she won in Gold Coast vs. Hingis) but then 2 weeks later she lost to Na Li 2:6, 2:6! She's a consistent Top 20 player but I don't see her as a player for Top 10

Carsten
Aug 26th, 2007, 12:43 PM
not half as much as her brother :lol:

selyoink
Aug 26th, 2007, 02:59 PM
I really think she has maxed out her potential. I've never been impressed with her game when I've seen her play and am surprised she ever made top 10. She will probably hover around 11-20 most of the time with some brief stays in the top 10. I don't see her taking the next step.

alexia1huff
Aug 26th, 2007, 03:11 PM
Whatever potential she has is undermined by her awful lack of mobility and her incompetent tactical choices....

Yeah that pretty much concludes her game, well the tactics aren't too bad, but she should work on becoming a davenport. Just like safin she can destroy herself mentally, so if her confidence will be "stable" she can be a constant top 10 player.

blumaroo
Sep 3rd, 2007, 01:56 AM
She already made the top 10 and that is further than she should have gone. I think she's a typical top 20 player that can take a top player out if they're not focused enough. She's in the same league with Hantuchova. Slow, decent power, decent serving with some little variety in ground game and mentally unstable. In other words the second tier powerbabes category.
I don't really see much room for improvement.

Marshmallow
Sep 3rd, 2007, 11:00 AM
She needs to improve her serve.

Movement, volleys, forehand, backhand down the line... she has to improve A LOT of things. Her famourite position is the midsection of that baseline, and maybe near the corner for her cross court backhand - but move her anywhere else and she just can't hurt her opponent.

She's just not that good, even if one match her and there made her look better.

Elwin.
Sep 3rd, 2007, 11:06 AM
definetly top 10. She already was in the top 10 so.

I don't think that she is able to win Grand Slams

iPatty
Jun 8th, 2008, 03:46 AM
:banana:

iPatty
Jun 8th, 2008, 03:47 AM
She has an excellent serve, excellent direction and pace of her groundstrokes, plus she has one of the best drives on the tour. Those three things have helped her crack the top 10, but until she learns how build a transition game and hit the ball with some more variety she isn't going anywhere too fast.

There are reasons she struggles against Mauresmo and Henin and has beaten Kuznetsova and Dementieva. I've never seen her be a slam champion but semifinals/finals are definitely not out of the picture.

Good call, dude.

LudwigDvorak
Jun 8th, 2008, 03:50 AM
:hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts:

I'm so glad I believed in Dinara even at her worst. She makes me so proud. :hug:

eck
Jun 8th, 2008, 04:39 AM
I hope to god that she's not a two trick pony :o

We all know she's quite capable on clay, but I hope she doesn't suffer some sort of burnout or suck at the rest of the season. :o

Billy Moonshine
Jun 8th, 2008, 04:48 AM
She has performed well in the second half of the season before. In 2006 she reached the semis of the Canadian Open and the QF of the US Open. Also, she has twice been a semi finalist in Moscow. So Safina has the potential to have a good, consistent season and spend the rest of her career in the top 8, perhaps with a career high of 4 along the way.
But anything is possible with her. As we have seen, having 6 top ten wins in a 12 match winning streak, and now with the added experience of a slam final, she could go all the way and win a few slams in the next five or six years.