32.....1Singles Main Draw
Nicole Vaidisova CZE lt. Na Li CHN 36 36
Patty Schnyder SUI bt Amelie Mauresmo FRA 46 46
Shahar Peer ISR bt [3[Dinara Safina RUS 46 61 76(8)
Victoria Azarenka BLR bt Dominika Cibulkova SVK 61 36 63
Doubles Main Draw
Safina/Szavay bt Zheng/Yan 61 62
Dec 28th, 2007, 12:33 PM
A new year, and I think Dinara's future might be doubles. She won the USO, and down the road Dinara might be one of the best doubles players.
Dec 28th, 2007, 09:30 PM
I think you're right there! I think Dinara is very underrated as a doubles player :) She could achieve some big things but maybe she should find a more permanent partner?
Dec 28th, 2007, 11:08 PM
Dec 29th, 2007, 01:15 PM
In an effort to improve her singles performance, Dinara Safina has committed to a doubles play. The 15th-ranked Russian has doubled her coaching staff and hopes hiring two coaches - Heinz Gunthardt, Steffi Graf's former coach, and Croatia's Zeljko Krajan - will prove to be an invaluable investment in her game.
"I have everything new this year - it's a completely new life," Safina told Paul Malone of The Courier Mail. "Heinz was helping me at the U.S. Open and now we are together all season. He isn't able to travel full time because he has a family and Zeljko will travel full time with me. I hope it's worth it. But you have to spend some money to earn something."
The defending Gold Coast champion launches defense of her Tier III title next week. Safina is seeded third behind top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova and second-seeded Nadia Petrova in the tournament and will open against Australian wild card Jarmilia Gajdosova followed by a possible second-round meeting with Italian Flavia Pennetta.
Patty Schnyder is seeded fourth, Shahar Peer is seeded fifth and 2006 Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo is seeded sixth. To vew the draw, please click this Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39444.8966190857) link.
Safina must elevate her game against top opponents if she is to crack the top 10 this season. She was 2-14 vs. top 15 opponents last season with her lone victories over top 15-ranked players coming in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, victory over the then seventh-ranked Martina Hingis in the Gold Coast final and a 7-6(6), 6-2 victor over a sixth-ranked Anna Chakvetadze in Moscow.
Dec 30th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Best of luck to Dinara! Woo hoo!!!! New season!
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:44 AM
Good luck tommarow Dina! :yeah:
Dec 31st, 2007, 08:25 AM
Safina def. Gajdosova 4-6 6-1 6-2 :D
Dec 31st, 2007, 11:47 AM
She needs to start better
Dec 31st, 2007, 12:34 PM
Play better in your next match, Dinara. ;)
Jan 1st, 2008, 09:26 PM
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Peer vs. Schruff
2. Pennetta vs. Safina
3. Schnyder vs. Schiavone
4. Dechy vs. Mauresmo
5. [Adamczak or Vesnina] vs. Li
6. Vaidisova vs. Malek (NB 18.30hrs)
7. Cibulkova vs. Garbin
East Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gajdosova/Stewart vs. Yan/Zheng
2. Kudryavtseva/Perebiynis vs. Azarenka/Peer (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Kustova/Poutchek vs. Pennetta/Schiavone (after suitable rest)
East Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Benesova/Voskoboeva vs. Kleybanova/Shvedova
1. Safina/Szavay vs. Petrova/Vesnina
Good luck tommarow in both singles and doubles, Dina. :yeah:
Jan 2nd, 2008, 11:57 AM
Dinara beat Pennetta 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Jan 2nd, 2008, 02:36 PM
She won in doubles too :D
(3) Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. Petrova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 63 64
In singles next round against Peer.Good luck,Dinara :D
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Centre Court (from 10.30hrs)
1. Peer vs. Safina
2. Azarenka vs. Cibulkova (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Vaidisova vs. Li
4. Azarenka/Peer vs. Yan/Zheng
5. Schnyder vs. Mauresmo (NB 18.30hrs)
6. Black/Huber vs. Pennetta/Schiavone
Jan 2nd, 2008, 04:13 PM
Main thing done. Good luck vs. Shahar
Jan 2nd, 2008, 04:45 PM
Great wins. :)
Against Shahar, Dinara leads 3-0 and their latest match up actually came from here last year and Dinara won a hard match 4-6 7-6 6-1.
Good luck Dina! :yeah:
Jan 2nd, 2008, 04:59 PM
Let's hope she wins easier this time ;)
Jan 2nd, 2008, 08:53 PM
Good luck Dinara! You can totally do this. :yeah:
Jan 3rd, 2008, 10:39 AM
Dinara Safina struggled to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta in a hotly contested clash at the Australian Women's Hardcourts on the Gold Coast yesterday.
The exhausted third seed, who snatched a 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory from the brink of defeat in the 1hr 57min match, said she had not played in more than two months - and it showed.
"When you have played many matches, then you don't care it's match point - you just go," the Russian said after the match at Royal Pines.
"But when you haven't played for a while, have so many things on your mind and you're thinking 'what should I do now?', that's just what it's like at the beginning of the year."
Safina - ranked No. 15 in the world - is the second highest seed left in the tournament after the early ejection of compatriot Nadia Petrova on Monday.
Safina said even though she was not yet at 100 per cent, the hard matches were good experience before the Australian Open.
After playing two three-set matches, however, Safina said she would appreciate an easier match in the third round.
"I have yet to talk to my coaches and they might say 'what the hell have you been doing?', but at the moment I'm happy," she said.
Safina said her mistake in the second set was to let Pennetta take control - an error she vowed to correct in the final set.
"In the third set I thought firstly, I've got to hold my serve and be more aggressive on her serve," she said.
"Maybe when I broke her to go 5-3 (even though I then lost my serve) I was still one game in front and I could still go for the shots."
Jan 3rd, 2008, 11:24 AM
Jan 4th, 2008, 11:04 AM
DINARA SAFINA chastises herself in both English and Russian on court.
But what she feels she has to do to improve her game has no language barrier. It's a simple three-word instruction: don't hold back.
"I mean, I need to go for my shots," Safina said after wasting five match points against Shahar Peer on her way to losing their quarter-final 4-6 6-1 7-6 (10-8) at the Australian women's hardcourt championships on the Gold Coast yesterday.
"In the tiebreak, I'm match point on my serve and maybe I should have put first serve in. I need to be playing a little bit more with the mind and not with the nerves," she said.
The 21-year-old Muscovite was the defending champion at Royal Pines Resort and showed all the titleholder traits with her height, her power, her serve and her groundstrokes.
On both good and bad points Safina yelled "c'mon" with a clenched fist or let out a fiery shout in Russian.
She pounded the advertising signage boards with her hands or bounced her racquet across the court. So, while there is plenty of passion, lack of confidence is holding Safina back.
After finishing her third season in the top 20, Safina moved up to No.9 in May last year after her Gold Coast title, finishing runner-up to Jelena Jankovic in Charleston in April and making five other quarter-final appearances.
But she knows that kind of consistency is needed if she wants to be rewarded. And she believes backing herself will give her that consistency.
"It's disappointing. I won the first set but somehow I let her come into the match because I was dominating from the beginning, but then I started to slow down my game," Safina said.
"I'm like, 'let's play rallies' instead of keep on my game and keep going for my shots.
"Second set I wasn't there.
"I don't know what I did, actually. It was also my big mistake.
"It shouldn't happen like this. If I want to become a top-10 player, I have to stop doing it half-thinking, half-playing."
It was not the first time Safina squandered a fistful of match points. Against Greece's Eleni Daniilidou in New Haven last August, she had four match points in the second set before losing in three.
Her Gold Coast experience at least has put some miles in her legs, with three tough three-set matches.
"Now I can say I can play three sets every time, but that's not what I want," she said.
"I have to change a little bit, the mentality of my mind. I need to believe more in myself and be much more aggressive and not slow down.
"The Australian Open counts more than here. Who cares here if I win? More important to dominate at the Australian.
"I will practise and work on my mistakes from here. At the Open I'm not allowed to do any more of those kind of mistakes."
Jan 4th, 2008, 02:39 PM
Dinara will play the doubles final :D
(3) Safina/Szavay (RUS/HUN) d. (1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) 63 61 in SF :eek:
Jan 4th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Good luck Dina/Agnes!
Jan 5th, 2008, 04:27 AM
And Dinara and Agnes win the doubles title!
Dinara/Agnes def. Yan/Zhang 6-1 6-2
Congrats girls! :yeah:
Jan 5th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Ági - Dinara, amazing duo! Hope they will play together later too. ;)
Jan 5th, 2008, 08:13 AM
Great :woohoo: Congrats Dinara!!!
Jan 5th, 2008, 11:18 PM
It is a shame that Dinara & Szavay won't play AO together. I want Dinara to find a strong permanent doubles partner. I'd like to see Dinara play with Petrova.