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Jul 20th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Let's show some love for Dinara. She's on the entry list. Davai davai davai! Dinara did pretty well on hot North American hardcourt last season. I'm looking forward to seeing her play.

Jul 20th, 2008, 10:17 AM
Davai Dina! :banana: Have they done the draw yet?

Jul 20th, 2008, 03:53 PM
Davai Dinara :bounce: :bounce:

Jul 20th, 2008, 04:04 PM
Vamos Dinarita!!!! ;)

Jul 21st, 2008, 09:17 AM
The draw:

Jelena Jankovic SRB (1) - BYE
Vania King USA vs Angela Haynes USA (Q)
Olga Savchuk UKR vs Gisela Dulko ARG
Melinda Czink HUN (LL) vs Virginie Razzano FRA (13)
Nadia Petrova RUS (9) vs Alina Jidkova RUS (Q)
Akgul Amanmuradova UZB vs Jamea Jackson USA (WC)
Anne Keothavong GBR vs Jill Craybas USA
Vera Zvonareva RUS (5) - BYE

Dinara Safina RUS (4) - BYE
Shuai Peng CHN vs Julie Ditty USA
Anastasia Rodionova AUS vs Alla Kudryavtseva RUS (Q)
Monica Niculescu ROU vs Dominika Cibulkova SVK (15)
Shahar Peer ISR (12) vs Samantha Stosur AUS
Elena Vesnina RUS vs Regina Kulikova RUS (Q)
Yung-Jan Chan TPE vs Aravane Rezai FRA
Victoria Azarenka BLR (8) - BYE

Patty Schnyder SUI (7) - BYE
Sabine Lisicki GER vs Ai Sugiyama JPN
Aiko Nakamura JPN vs Tamira Paszek AUT
Aleksandra Wozniak CAN vs Flavia Pennetta ITA (10)
Sybille Bammer AUT (14) vs Ahsha Rolle USA (Q)
Ashley Harkleroad USA vs Stephanie Dubois CAN
Marta Domachowska POL vs Coco Vandeweghe USA (WC)
Anna Chakvetadze RUS (3) - BYE

Daniela Hantuchova SVK (6) - BYE
Darya Kustova RUS (Q) vs Olga Govortsova BLR
Bethanie Mattek USA (WC) vs Abigail Spears USA (Q)
Ayumi Morita JPN vs Nicole Vaidisova CZE (11)
Sania Mirza IND (16) vs Eva Hrdinova CZE (Q)
Kateryna Bondarenko UKR vs Meng Yuan USA
Petra Kvitova CZE vs Alisa Kleybanova RUS
Serena Williams USA (2) - BYE


Jul 21st, 2008, 12:32 PM
Thanks :)

I think that is a difficult draw, but... Good luck Dinara! :bounce:

Jul 21st, 2008, 08:02 PM
The French Open was also a difficult draw. ;)

Jul 23rd, 2008, 10:01 PM
Dinara defeated Peng 6-2 6-2 :banana:

Jul 23rd, 2008, 10:42 PM
Good win Dinara :D good luck in the next round!

Jul 23rd, 2008, 11:07 PM
Dinara defeated Peng 6-2 6-2 :banana:

Well done Dinara :devil:

:woohoo: :woohoo:

Jul 24th, 2008, 01:08 AM
She's playing really well. I also saw her practice, and it was quite impressive.

Jul 24th, 2008, 05:26 AM



Jul 24th, 2008, 11:40 AM
thanks for the pics Mary :hearts:

Jul 24th, 2008, 02:19 PM
thank you,mary :D

Jul 24th, 2008, 10:33 PM
thanks mary :)

good luck in the next round, dina :kiss:

Jul 25th, 2008, 01:29 PM
(4) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 76(1) 06 76(3)

Well done Dinara! :bounce:

good luck in QF :bounce:

Jul 25th, 2008, 03:01 PM
too close :scared: and what happened in that second set?

Who does she face in QF?

Jul 25th, 2008, 03:39 PM
too close :scared: and what happened in that second set?

Who does she face in QF?

Azarenka :scared:

Jul 25th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Dinara already beat her on her road to Berlin title if my memory is correct.So do it again,Dina :rocker2:

Jul 26th, 2008, 01:59 AM
(4) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 61

:aparty: :banana: :rocker2: :woohoo:

Jul 26th, 2008, 03:31 AM
Much better scoreline than in the last round. Obviously learnt from it. Of course it must be remembered she played a fellow Russian in the prior match, she had to deal with different emotions. It isn't easy to play a compatriot but Dinara got through that and had a strong win over a seeded player in Vika.

Jul 26th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Davai Dina :banana: :bounce: JJ now...

Jul 26th, 2008, 08:50 AM
Much,much better :D Today good luck against Jankovic :kiss: go and beat her :rocker2:

Stadium (from 12.30hrs)
3. Jankovic vs. Safina (NB 19.00hrs)

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:47 AM
Good luck against JJ today Dinara! It won't be on till 3am my time I am going to hit the coffee to stay awake for it :D

Jul 27th, 2008, 03:38 AM
live streaming now http://myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=15382&part=sports

Jul 27th, 2008, 04:09 AM
1st set Safina 7-6 :)

Jul 27th, 2008, 04:38 AM
Dinara def Jankovic 7-6 (3) 6-1:bounce:

Final v Pennetta. Good Luck Dina:D

Jul 27th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Dinara will go to a new career high singles ranking of number 8 on Monday:bounce:

Also up to number 6 in the race:bounce:

Jul 27th, 2008, 08:35 AM
She is the HOTTEST player on the tour..Tomorrow will be her fourth final in her past five events, during which she has won 22 of 24 matches.Since May she had wins against all top players ranked above her , except of course Ivanovic at RG.

Jul 27th, 2008, 09:17 AM
well done,Dina!!! :D

This title is yours,don't let it escape ;)

Jul 27th, 2008, 10:37 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
Congrats Dina! Good luck in the final :)

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:14 PM
I am really happy for Dinara. :bounce:
Did anybody watch the match? How did she play?
Hope she wins the title now!

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:20 PM

Well done Dinara!

good luck in the final :worship: :worship:

Jul 27th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Dinara is 3-0 against Flavia

Jul 27th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Great win over JJ :D Good luck in the final today Dinara I will cheering!!!!

Jul 27th, 2008, 04:56 PM
It was a strange match. In the first set, Dinara broke JJ immediately, then was broken back immediately--to love. Dinara eventually broke back, and served for the set. I think she served two DF in a row in that game, and was broken. Dinara did hold her nerve and the first set went to a TB. Dinara did well in the TB.

2nd set: JJ was hitting very cleanly, so I thought it would be a competitive set. Nope. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but she got broken quickly and seemed to tamely fade away. JJ rubbed the wrap on her inner thigh a bit, but never did call for the trainer (which I was totally expecting--I figured JJ would use it as gamesmanship.)

The end was really odd, since match point was challenged by JJ. That tends to damp the victory celebration. Then ESPN hustled Dinara off court immediately so she could be interviewed for tv.

Some thoughts: JJ moved Dinara around the court, but Dinara moved well enough to defend against that. Some of JJ's drop shots were unreturnable--too good. Dinara is moving well side-to-side and forward to the service line. Shots that fall between the service line and net are the challenging one, b/c of Dinara's high momentum she has when she's moving (she probably has a harder time stopping forward movement--would run into the net.)

Jul 27th, 2008, 11:24 PM
Dinara beat Flavia 64 62 to win LA.
But she was broken while serving for each set, and has to become steadier.
Dinara won a lot of close matches on red clay, but she has to serve better on other surfaces

Jul 27th, 2008, 11:36 PM
Very good win Dinara, broken quite alot which she needs to work on but all in all deserved this title :D

Jul 27th, 2008, 11:39 PM
Well done Dinara!

:hatoff::rocker::banana::rocker2::smooch::bigclap: :clap2:

Jul 27th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Congratulations Dinara!!!! :bounce::worship::bigclap:

Jul 28th, 2008, 12:38 AM

Jul 28th, 2008, 12:48 AM
I may be wrong but I get the feeling Dina is already done with doubles and will be fully concentrating with singles from now on.

Jul 28th, 2008, 09:57 AM
:woohoo: Congrats Dina!

Jul 29th, 2008, 08:19 AM
Wonderful Article :)

Safina sweeps to East West title

July 28, 2008

CARSON – The road to the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis, it would seem, goes through Dinara Safina. Or not.

It did at this year's French Open final when outplaying Safina completed the progression that placed Ana Ivanovic atop the women's game. It did not here in the semifinals of the East West Bank Classic when Jelena Jankovic, with an opportunity to claim the premier ranking, had Safina deny her.

But as Safina demonstrated this past week, it would be unwise to regard her simply as a player against whom others measure their tennis. The Russian clearly is coming into her own, which she affirmed at The Home Depot Center yesterday with a 6-4, 6-2 conquest of Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the East West final.

Pennetta, now ranked No. 16 on the WTA Tour, said she classifies Safina with Venus Williams, whom Pennetta twice has defeated. If Safina can continue to perform at her current level, Pennetta said, it would not surprise her should Safina win the women's singles phase of the Beijing Olympics or the U.S. Open.

Safina, in her eighth year as a tennis tourist, is 23. Until this year, Marat Safin's sister appeared plump on the court. She wasn't moving well. Like her brother, she also was prone to expressions of pique. She had concussive strokes, but her inability to move well together with her tantrums limited what she could accomplish.

Now, Safina is positively svelte by comparison to her former silhouette. Through her drive here to her first tournament triumph in this country, she never lost her composure.
At one point during her match against Jankovic, Safina said she felt rage building within her. “But I said, 'OK. Bad luck,' ” she said.

She recognizes how much her improved fitness has meant for her. “If you are not fit, you can hit one or two shots, but then you will be out of balance,” she said.

Safina's triumph was worth $95,500 to her and continued a three-month run that had its source when she captured 14 consecutive matches in May. “My team found my game,” she said. “Before, maybe I was a little bit lost on the court. You just have to find the court.”

Her team is composed of Zeljko Krajan, her coach since September, and fitness director Dijan Vojnovic.

In her quarterfinal conquest of Victoria Azarenka and again against Jankovic, Safina had in her judgment played flawless tennis. She was not quite so sharp yesterday.

“It was the final. I was more nervous, but I think for the final I played a pretty good match,” she said.

Jul 29th, 2008, 11:43 AM
Safina, in her eighth year as a tennis tourist, is 23.