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goldenlox
Aug 4th, 2008, 12:40 AM
Dinara goes to Beijing with a good chance to win an Olympic medal.

Amalgamate
Aug 4th, 2008, 01:08 AM
:bowdown: Dinara :bowdown: Medal in Bejing!

Dinayer
Aug 4th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Dinara go for a medal in Bejing ;) :devil:

Nina.
Aug 4th, 2008, 12:31 PM
When she can keep her great form than I see her having a huge chance for winning a medal.
This would be so amazing *dream*

enchantrezz
Aug 4th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Will Dinara stay inside the Olympic Village? Anyway, some pics Ive found to get us into Olympic spirit :cool:

The Olympic village where our athletes stay..
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/village.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/exterior.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/harmony.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/apartments.jpg

Swiss Delegates Area although Federer is not staying w them...
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/swiss.jpg

their living quarters..
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/livingquarters.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/bedroom.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/Bedroomnbathroom.jpg

and now the venue, the olympic green tennis courts
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/greentenniscourt.jpg

outside the Main Court..
http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/tenniscourt.jpg

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/court.jpg

Hope you enjoyed the Olympic tour , Guys :lol:

And to Dinara, Good Luck and Bring Home the Gold Medal!!:kiss:

Demska
Aug 4th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Wow, looks amazing :D

C'mon Dinara :bounce: :banana:

Just don't draw Lena too early please :awww:

iPatty
Aug 4th, 2008, 10:42 PM
Wow, looks amazing :D

C'mon Dinara :bounce: :banana:

Just don't draw Lena too early please :awww:

They can't meet before SF. ;)

Good luck Dinara! A gold would be ideal but I guess I can settle for...no nevermind, win the gold.

enchantrezz
Aug 5th, 2008, 11:30 PM
Ive seen lots of photos of diff players arriving in Beijing and they're so exciting to look at :)Cant seem to find Dinara unless she hasnt arrived yet :confused:

Demska
Aug 6th, 2008, 11:10 PM
They can't meet before SF. ;)

Good luck Dinara! A gold would be ideal but I guess I can settle for...no nevermind, win the gold.

Oh good. :awww: :)

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 01:19 AM
Oh, where is Dinara :confused: couldnt find any news, pics on her in Beijing.

Nina.
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:07 AM
The draw is here!!!

Olympic draw (http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_35059_original.PDF)

first round against Mara Santangelo from Italy and then Davenport or Molik. She should be able to do this. Then I'd say it could be Jie Zheng and she could again face Cibulkova or JJ in the QF.

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:15 AM
[8] WILLIAMS Venus (7) USA vs. [61] BACSINSZKY Timea SUI
[56] BENESOVA Iveta CZE vs. [60] MIRZA Sania IND
[35] DULKO Gisela ARG vs. [41] DELLACQUA Casey AUS
[15] AZARENKA Victoria (12) BLR vs. [78] PEREBIYNIS Tatiana UKR_____
[17] PENNETTA Flavia (14) ITA vs. [48] KANEPI Kaia EST
[27] RAZZANO Virginie FRA vs. [51] DANIILIDOU Eleni GRE
[49] ERAKOVIC Marina NZL vs. [145] MORITA Ayumi (IP) JPN
[3] KUZNETSOVA Svetlana (3) RUS vs. [43] LI Na CHN

[7] SAFINA Dinara (6) RUS vs. [164] SANTANGELO Mara ITA
[24] DAVENPORT Lindsay USA vs. [141] MOLIK Alicia (IP) AUS
[65] ZAKOPALOVA Klara CZE vs. [101] LLAGOSTERA VIVES Nuria (IP) ESP
[14] SZAVAY Agnes (11) HUN vs. [38] ZHENG Jie CHN_______________
[20] CIBULKOVA Dominika (16) SVK vs. [46] PARMENTIER Pauline FRA
[45] PIRONKOVA Tsvetana BUL vs. [54] DOMACHOWSKA Marta POL
[30] BONDARENKO Alona UKR vs. [213] SEQUERA Milagros VEN
[2] JANKOVIC Jelena (2) SRB vs. [658] BLACK Cara (INV) ZIM

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:15 AM
Dinara do your best!
good luck :D
:banana:

C. Drone
Aug 7th, 2008, 09:42 AM
Good luck Dinara. :)

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 11:29 AM
wow, thats a tough 2nd rd draw for safina, davenport and molik, both olympic medalists.Molik is used to humid weather and we know how good a player is lindsay mentally. GOOD LUCK Dinara :hearts::angel::kiss:

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 12:39 PM
Doubles Draw:

Svetłana Kuznetsova / Dinara Safina (RUS) (1) vs. Mara Santangelo / Roberta Vinci (ITA)
Tatiana Golovin / Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Sania Mirza / Sunitha Rao (IND) (IP)
Emmanuelle Gagliardi / Patty Schnyder (SUI) (IP) vs. Eleni Daniilidou / Anna Gerasimou (GRE) (IP)
Daniela Hantuchová / Janette Husárová (SVK) vs. Zi Yan / Jie Zheng (CHN) (8)

Anabel Medina Garrigues / Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) (4) vs. Marija Korytcewa / Tatiana Pierebijnis (UKR)
Samantha Stosur / Rennae Stubbs (AUS) vs. Petra Kvitová (CZE) / Lucie Šafářová (CZE)
Maret Ani / Kaia Kanepi (EST) (IP) vs. Wiktoria Azarenka / Tatiana Puczek (BLR)
Klaudia Jans / Alicja Rosolska (POL) (IP) vs. Lindsay Davenport / Liezel Huber (USA) (5)

Aliona Bondarienko / Kateryna Bondarienko (UKR) (6) vs. Marta Domachowska / Agnieszka Radwańska (POL)
Olga Goworcowa / Daria Kustowa (BLR) vs. Shuai Peng / Tiantian Sun (CHN)
Casey Dellacqua / Alicia Molik (AUS) vs. Flavia Pennetta / Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Alizé Cornet / Virginie Razzano (FRA) vs. Yung-Jan Chan / Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) (3)

Jelena Wiesnina / Wiera Zwonariowa (RUS) (7) vs. Nuria Llagostera Vives / María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
Tzipora Obziler (ISR) / Shahar Pe'er (ISR) (IP) vs. Gisela Dulko / Betina Jozami (ARG) (IP)
Ayumi Morita / Ai Sugiyama (JPN) vs. Gréta Arn / Ágnes Szávay (HUN) (IP)
Iveta Benešová / Nicole Vaidišová (CZE) vs. Serena Williams / Venus Williams (USA) (2)


Some names of players are wrong :lol:

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 12:40 PM
Good luck girls :banana:

enchantrezz
Aug 7th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Battle of attrition may determine women's gold medalist

By Ravi Ubha
Special to ESPN.com

Tournament: Olympics
Surface: Hard
Draw: 64
Top seeds: Ana Ivanovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=200), Jelena Jankovic (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=312), Svetlana Kuznetsova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=379), Serena Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=394)

This could be one strange tournament.
The Serbian glamour girls, beset by injuries, will soon swap places at the top of the rankings. The Williams sisters also appear vulnerable thanks to lingering injuries. Maria Sharapova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=399) is already out because of an ailing shoulder.
So, whoever remains standing has won half the battle.

First quarter: Pole position
Things haven't gone how Ana Ivanovic wanted after she claimed her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in June.
Instead of carrying the momentum to Wimbledon, the soon-to-be-deposed world No. 1 exited in the third round. At last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, she again suffered a third-round exit, and this time, an inflamed right thumb didn't help matters.
Czech Lucie Safarova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=392) can be dangerous. But if Ivanovic's injury is sufficiently better, she should cruise to the third round, where unpredictable Swiss Patty Schnyder (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=374) looms.
Clever Pole Agnieszka Radwanska (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=405) has managed to stay healthy and is ranked a career-best ninth; she has reached at least the quarterfinals in four of her past five events, including Wimbledon. Radwanska is on course to face the harder-hitting Vera Zvonareva (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=328), the ninth seed, or Shahar Peer (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=203) in the third round.
Prediction: Radwanska

Second quarter: Tough for Serena
It all depends on that left knee.
If it's up to scratch, Serena Williams should ease into the latter rounds, despite a tricky draw and lack of match practice. If not, a season that held so much promise could get even more disappointing: Healthy at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, Williams has reached a solitary Grand Slam final in 2008.
She faces Belarussian Olga Govortsova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=753) in the first round. Govortsova had a breakout season in 2007, though she hasn't maintained that form and is coming off a hip injury sustained at the Rogers Cup.
Williams' potential second-round foe is streaking Italian Sara Errani (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=636). Errani is riding a 10-match winning streak, claiming back-to-back tournaments on clay and hard courts. Frenchwoman Alize Cornet (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=476), like Radwanska, is a thinker on the court and could be up next.
Fifth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=377) suffered a blip at the Rogers Cup but otherwise has had a fine season. She's healthy, too.
Prediction: Dementieva

Third quarter: Venus' return
The good news for Venus Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=403) is that she has a seven-match winning streak. The bad news is that she hasn't played since claiming a fifth Wimbledon title last month.
The elder of the Williams sisters, who's bothered by a right knee injury, appears to have an easier draw than her sibling. First up is outgoing Swiss teen Timea Bacsinszky (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=747), who's not exactly on a roll heading into the Olympics. In the second round she could play Indian Sania Mirza (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=386), who also has been hampered by injuries this year.
Victoria Azarenka (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=421), a teen from Belarus, would be a much different proposition in Round 3.
One of the most intriguing first-round matches sees underachieving third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova face former Wimbledon quarterfinalist and local favorite Li Na, who's also healing from injuries.
Prediction: Azarenka

Fourth quarter: Plenty of drama
Perhaps the most interesting draw of the quarters, this one features the hot Dinara Safina (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=246), the always-entertaining Jelena Jankovic, the in-form Slovak Dominika Cibulkova (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=334), Lindsay Davenport (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=400) and China's Zheng Jie (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/players/profile?playerId=385), who is somewhat of a sentimental favorite and captivated the public en route to a semifinal appearance at Wimbledon. First to Safina: She has posted a 27-3 record in her past 30 matches and won back-to-back titles in Los Angeles and Montreal. She could meet Davenport, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, in the second round. Beset by a knee injury, Davenport has contested one match since the middle of April, so this one shouldn't be close.
Zheng, an aggressive baseliner, figures to give Safina a much sterner test in the third round should they face each other, especially because the crowd will support its countrywoman.
Jankovic, who farcically will take over the top spot Monday, injured her knee at Wimbledon and is still feeling the effects. She blew a 5-1 opening-set lead to Cibulkova in the quarterfinals in Montreal and hasn't reached a final since winning the Italian Open in May. Barring a huge upset, Jankovic should tussle with Cibulkova, who plays well above her size, in the third round in Beijing.
Prediction: Safina

Semifinals
Azarenka and Safina are no strangers.
The latter triumphed in the quarters in Los Angeles, then in the semis in Montreal. The second encounter was tighter, as it went three sets.
Radwanska is the sort to take advantage if her opponent is off, so much depends on Dementieva. Radwanska has won their past two meetings in straight sets.
Prediction: Safina, Dementieva to advance

Final
Few will forget Safina's charmed run at the French Open. A round after saving a match point to get past Sharapova, Safina did the same against Dementieva in the quarterfinals.
The two then squared off in the semifinals of a Wimbledon warm-up in the Netherlands, but this one was no contest, as Safina won 6-3, 6-2. Safina leads their head-to-head matchups 5-2.

Predictions:
Gold medal: Safina
Silver medal: Dementieva
Bronze medal: Radwanska

Ravi Ubha is a frequent contributor to ESPN.
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I rest my case :worship:

Dinayer
Aug 7th, 2008, 07:48 PM
:worship: :worship:

Nina.
Aug 7th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Predictions:
Gold medal: Safina
Silver medal: Dementieva
Bronze medal: Radwanska

Ravi Ubha is a frequent contributor to ESPN.[I]


Wouldn't mind that result. :)

Amalgamate
Aug 8th, 2008, 01:51 AM
I am liking Safina's chances to medal! :hearts:

enchantrezz
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:12 AM
Good luck on your 1st match, Dinara !!! Stay healthy :)

http://i317.photobucket.com/albums/mm398/cyegirl/1strdsafina.png

charlieluvtennis
Aug 8th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Good luck Safina! :yeah:

Nina.
Aug 8th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Does anybody know if Dinara was at the opening ceremony? Didn't see her but there were so many Russian atheletes so I probably missed her...

~|Naomi|~
Aug 9th, 2008, 03:59 AM
I don't have huge expectations for the Olympics. The Olympics are different to anything Dinara has played in before. Dinara can win, but executing it will be very different. I think I expect more at US Open:confused:

Good Luck Dianra.

The Aussie beach volleryballers are playing the Russians now:p

sharapovarulz1
Aug 9th, 2008, 09:25 PM
Good luck Dinara, she can take home gold and she knows it :D

enchantrezz
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:24 PM
Dinara's 1st rd match tomorrow Monday 10:30 am (local time) Court Two.
Lets hope there will be no delay this time.
Good Luck Dina :hearts::kiss:

Dinayer
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Go dinaraaaa!

:)

Nina.
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:59 PM
Hope it won't be raining - I want to see some tennis!
Davai Dina!

enchantrezz
Aug 11th, 2008, 05:13 AM
Davai, Dinara!!!!

She won in straight sets 6-3 7-6 :kiss::bounce:

Dinayer
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:58 AM
Davaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiii!

Well done girl :)

:banana:


:D

Nina.
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Good job :banana:

One down - five more to go!

Demska
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:10 AM
good win in round one :) next round should be in two sets too. Keep it up!

Destiny
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:43 AM
Nice going Dinara

Keep it up :p

enchantrezz
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:33 AM
Safina resists Santangelo challenge in Olympic opener

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- No. 6 seed Dinara Safina from Russia defeated fellow Olympic debutant Mara Santangelo from Italy 6-3, 7-6(1) in her first round match of the tennis event on Monday. Santangelo, who struggled with her serve in the opening set, provided the in-form Russian with a challenge in the second set, recovering from a 3-0 deficit to push Safina to a tie-break.

The Italian, ranked 176th in the world, broke Safina in the fourth and eighth games of the second set to level the score at 4-4. Santangelo became more confident with her forehand, producing 10 winners to Safina's four, and relied on her doubles expertise to gain points at the net.

Safina, on the other hand, produced 13 aces but gave away points by serving six doubles faults in the whole match.
"In the second set, I was up double breaks, I shouldn't have made so many double faults in those moments," Safina said after thematch. "I think that, for the first round and coming from the United States with these weather conditions, it was a pretty good match."

Safina raced to 7-1 in the tirbreak as the Italian increased her tally of unforced errors in the second set to 38.
Santangelo conveted all three of her break point opportunities in the match, even closing down Safina's 2 -0 advantage in the first set by breaking in the third game.

Safina has now extended her match-winning streak to 11, having won her last two tournaments at Los Angeles and Montreal. She faces Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez from Spain in the second round.

goldenlox
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:17 AM
It's good she won in 2. She's going to have to play better later this week

enchantrezz
Aug 11th, 2008, 02:31 PM
I like Safina's chances in the second round, and in the 3rd ,most probably she will face hometown player Jie Zheng, remember her, the one who upset Sharapova in Wimbledon?

Now that is one match Safina has to be MENTALLY TOUGH...the whole time.

Kuznetsova just lost to Li Na, btw...It shows how advantageous it is to play in your home court.

Nina.
Aug 11th, 2008, 02:39 PM
I like Safina's chances in the second round, and in the 3rd ,most probably she will face hometown player Jie Zheng, remember her, the one who upset Sharapova in Wimbledon?

Now that is one match Safina has to be MENTALLY TOUGH...the whole time.

Kuznetsova just lost to Li Na, btw...It shows how advantageous it is to play in your home court.

:secret: Ivanovic was her Wimbledon-victim.

I think Dinara has to win the 2nd round against Maria-Jose Martinez Sachez, no. 86 of the world.
And then it'll probably Zheng and that would be a match in which Zheng also has a lot of pressure. Could be exciting.

enchantrezz
Aug 11th, 2008, 02:58 PM
:secret: Ivanovic was her Wimbledon-victim.

I think Dinara has to win the 2nd round against Maria-Jose Martinez Sachez, no. 86 of the world.
And then it'll probably Zheng and that would be a match in which Zheng also has a lot of pressure. Could be exciting.

Oops, thanks for the correction. Lol, im too focused with the Russian players, i totally forgotten Ivanovic :lol:

Anyway, Safina and Sanchez have never played each other so it will be another interesting match.

iPatty
Aug 11th, 2008, 04:22 PM
I am glad she got that match over with. Martinez Sanchez will be serving and volleying and coming to net so I hope Dinara doesn't freak out. It should be a comfortable win.

enchantrezz
Aug 12th, 2008, 06:09 AM
Safina won in SS 7-6 6-1!!

Davai, Dinara!!!:worship::bounce::kiss:

Dinayer
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Dinara :banana:

Go Girl!!!

:)

Amalgamate
Aug 12th, 2008, 08:17 AM
:rocker2: Dinara :rocker2: Did anyone see how she played? :drool:

Nina.
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Yeah! :bounce: Good job, Dinara.

:rocker2: Dinara :rocker2: Did anyone see how she played? :drool:

Unfortunately not, but it's a good result, good that she won in 2 sets and the second set looks like an easy thing.
Now it's Zheng. Hope she can win this as well.

enchantrezz
Aug 12th, 2008, 02:30 PM
Good job, Russian doubles team . Safina/Kuznetsova won their 1st rd match in 3 sets 6-1 3-6 7-5. They're into the 3rd rd since Mirza( IND) team pulled out (WO) :angel:

Nina.
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Good job, Russian doubles team . Safina/Kuznetsova won their 1st rd match in 3 sets 6-1 3-6 7-5. They're into the 3rd rd since Mirza( IND) team pulled out (WO) :angel:

That's good (for Dinara & Sveta). So Dinara can save some energy.

Demska
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Dinara is peaking in the fitness of her life. She just played 2 tournaments in a row, a winning both. Playing Olympics doubles and singles, a match or two everyday. Then she has 2 weeks of US Open. Thats a heavy schedule.

Dinayer
Aug 12th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Go Safinovas :D

enchantrezz
Aug 13th, 2008, 02:30 AM
That's good (for Dinara & Sveta). So Dinara can save some energy.

Sorry, wrong info. the mirza team are still in, they have a schedule today later in the afternoon.:)

Nina.
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Ok then...then she has to play 2 matches today again - I am sure she'll handle it :)
Dinara's match against Zheng is shown on www.channelsurfing.net for anyone who's interested. You have to click on Nadal - Adreev link.

enchantrezz
Aug 13th, 2008, 11:55 AM
Safina wins again !!! 6-4 6-3 against Jie Zheng :clap2::clap2::clap2:

goldenlox
Aug 13th, 2008, 12:20 PM
Now she's in the quarters, the matches get very important

Demska
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:32 PM
A good straight sets win against the home favourite and an inform player, i was expecting 3 sets.

Good luck in the QFS

Dinayer
Aug 13th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Well done Girl :rocker2:

good luck against Jelena :sobbing:

enchantrezz
Aug 13th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Oh dear, its already 10:30pm beijing time, and she's still playing the doubles match. I hope she wont be too tired tomorrow. Except for Dinara, all the QFinalists are already done for the day.

Rest well tonight and stay healthy, Dina!!:kiss:

enchantrezz
Aug 13th, 2008, 03:16 PM
okay at 11pm they won their doubles match :):):) up next for them will be the Chinese team of Jie Zheng ,sigh.

Rest now Safina :angel:

Dinayer
Aug 13th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Well done girls :banana:

Nina.
Aug 13th, 2008, 06:21 PM
Great day for Dinara, two straight sets victories and she looked really great againsz Zheng. :yeah:

charlieluvtennis
Aug 14th, 2008, 12:55 AM
:tape: Jankovic next ...
:bolt: I like like both Jankovic and Safina the same :confused:
Should be great match anyway! :yeah:

Amalgamate
Aug 14th, 2008, 03:25 AM
:armed: Take Jelena down Safina. I hope you aren't too tired from the previous night! :tape:

goldenlox
Aug 14th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Still waiting for this match

maryc
Aug 14th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Online says 'delayed'. Why? Anyone know?

Dinayer
Aug 14th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Online says 'delayed'. Why? Anyone know?


Rain... :o


she will play tomorrow, and if she wins she will play SF on saturday :)

also she will play doubles :)

Dinayer
Aug 14th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Go Dinara :D

maryc
Aug 14th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Dinara davai! (I was hoping to watch the match live, but now I'm not sure I can.)

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 02:46 AM
bad, bad , bad scheduling.....just stay healthy and fit, Dinara. thats all.

Good Luck ;)

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 09:21 AM
I really don't understand the scheduling...why not put Dinara and JJ up first before Blake - Gonzales? This is already the SF and Dinara still has to play doubles :shrug: it's stupid...

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 10:25 AM
this is really, really bad....patience must run out for Dinara and Jelena...they have to wait the longest yesterday because the matches on their court are three setters. Now Blake/Gonzales are still deep in the 3rd set.

They should have placed dinara/jelena first today, ..they let the WS and Fed play first because they have doubles again later, why cant they do the same to Dinara's sched??? :fiery:

Demska
Aug 15th, 2008, 01:04 PM
62 57

Whoever wants this the most will win the third

Just a side note, I can't remember seeing Dinara look this good a physcial shape in her carrer. She is so fit and slim now, it's amazing to see.

Dinayer
Aug 15th, 2008, 01:08 PM
62 57

Whoever wants this the most will win the third

Just a side note, I can't remember seeing Dinara look this good a physcial shape in her carrer. She is so fit and slim now, it's amazing to see.

Yes :worship: :worship:

maryc
Aug 15th, 2008, 01:56 PM
Excellent. (Although my live stream shut down for the 1st match point, and then paused at the 2nd.)

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2008, 02:00 PM
Dinara plays doubles in a few minutes.
Then Saturday, a huge match with Li. The winner is in the Gold medal match

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Dinara has won 31 of 34. Those numbers would mean more if she can win a major or Gold medal.

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Good job! Wasn't a perfect match but she's through. Although I really like both I want Dinara to win a medal so badly.
I just hope that she's fit enough to deal with the situation of having singles and doubles to play and then Li tomorrow..

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 03:01 PM
yeah, I really hope she has enough energy left to win the whole thing...all the yelling doesnt help, imo :lol:

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 04:11 PM
But the yelling is part of her. So I don't want her to change anything in her next match - just do everything as in these last matches since LA :) (and everything will turn out fine)

Dinayer
Aug 15th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Dinara :worship: :worship: :worship:

Just amazing :hearts: :bounce: :bounce:

rcirani
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:16 PM
It's quarter past 2am and she's still playing her doubles. The Chinese really are trying very hard to give Li Na an advantage. Dinara must be so tired already and she'll now not get to sleep til 4am at the very best, and she has to play a semi-final at 4pm the next day. Hopefully the line-calling will at least be fair.:rolleyes:

Good luck Dinara!:)

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Once again I cannot understand why they start the matches at 4pm...

It's quarter past 2am and she's still playing her doubles. The Chinese really are trying very hard to give Li Na an advantage. Dinara must be so tired already and she'll now not get to sleep til 4am at the very best, and she has to play a semi-final at 4pm the next day.

Yeah, I just hope that she can rest a little bit until her match and then show that she doesn't care about all this scheduling/ late matches and move into the final.

Hopefully the line-calling will at least be fair.:rolleyes:
I don't think this will be a problem. But there's still the hawk eye if there should be any problems.

Btw, Dina has now won against 3 different no.1s this year :)

rcirani
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:36 PM
Btw, Dina has now won against 3 different no.1s this year :)

Ivanovic will be back at the top after the Olympics, so Dinara might get a chance for 4 at some point before the year ends! :)

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:41 PM
Ivanovic will be back at the top after the Olympics, so Dinara might get a chance for 4 at some point before the year ends! :)

Maybe at the USO :rolleyes::)

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:41 PM
She'll go to sleep around 4 AM, and she doesn't have to get up to noon.
She showed great stamina to win LA and Montreal.
She had yesterday off, just waiting around.
I think she can handle it, and Li might be nervous in such a big match.

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2008, 06:57 PM
They are trying to choke away this doubles match. Dinara should have been off the court by now

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:01 PM
They should have won this already...they were up 5-2, weren't they?

goldenlox
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:19 PM
I don't see how they're going to get a medal because Dinara can't do this every day.
She has to play twice in singles, and she HAS to win Sunday.
She can't win with 3AM doubles. Dinara should have withdrawn from this. It could cost her any medal

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:35 PM
sveta sucks as her doubles partner...she could have done her part...its dinara doing the job the whole time..:(

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:37 PM
they should have finished it in straight sets win or lose...poor dinara.. i dont think she'll be in good form tomorrow...but i hope for the best

Nina.
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:39 PM
This is really bad :help: How long have they been on the court for nothing? I wish I could have watched this...what happened in this 3rd set?

enchantrezz
Aug 15th, 2008, 07:41 PM
they are successful in making dinara tired for the next match...oh well, lets hope she wins the match and the good news is that there is no more doubles to think of...russia shouldnt have let dinara play doubles..

Dinayer
Aug 15th, 2008, 08:21 PM
dinara :tears:

i believe she can win tomorrow, GO!

youizahoe
Aug 15th, 2008, 10:55 PM
C'mon Dinara, take gold please !

~|Naomi|~
Aug 15th, 2008, 11:15 PM
Dinara should have withdrawn from this. It could cost her any medal

That comment shows exactly why tennis should not be an Olympic sport.

None the less it is. So Good Luck Dinara.

charlieluvtennis
Aug 16th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Come on Safina! :yeah:

Amalgamate
Aug 16th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Go for Gold Dinara :hearts:

Amalgamate
Aug 16th, 2008, 06:40 AM
I am staying up very late just to watch Dina, please don't disappoint! ;)

C. Drone
Aug 16th, 2008, 07:07 AM
stupid doubles. why? why at 3:00am? olympic spirit my ass. stupid doubles...

Bероника
Aug 16th, 2008, 07:56 AM
sveta sucks as her doubles partner...she could have done her part...its dinara doing the job the whole time..:(

yeah,right as if dinara didn't play bad as well :rolleyes:

Nina.
Aug 16th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Dina defeats Li 76 75 :woohoo:
great achievement!

Bероника
Aug 16th, 2008, 10:28 AM
Dinara :worship:

Demska
Aug 16th, 2008, 10:30 AM
Dinara :banana:

Good luck in the final, will be rooting for lena tho ;)

Amalgamate
Aug 16th, 2008, 10:43 AM
Great job Dinara! You won ugly, but found a way to win! I hope you are not too tired in the final!

enchantrezz
Aug 16th, 2008, 10:43 AM
OMG Dinara!!!! You did it !!!!:woohoo::banana:

~|Naomi|~
Aug 16th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Well done Dinara.

Good Luck in the final.

maryc
Aug 16th, 2008, 12:12 PM
Excellent.

bruce goose
Aug 16th, 2008, 12:46 PM
Well,I'm so confident now that Dinara will win AT LEAST one Slam,more likely several,that I don't feel guilty telling you that my top-tier fav Elena REALLY needs this one.She is MUCH older than Dina,tennis-wise,and a gold medal would cement her legacy after she choked in that 2004 RG final from the outset(she should've destroyed Myskina:sad:).

Frankly,I was AMAZED at what I saw on TVC Deportes while staying up 'til 2 a.m. It was annoying how they switched away from the match:mad::mad::mad: to show the close Phelps finish for TEN MINUTES!:rolleyes: However,I saw a TOTALLY different Dinara from the old one.Unfair scheduling by the Chinese---who forced her and Kuzy to play until 3 a.m.?No problem,she toughed it out against exhaustion & a much fresher opponent and saved her energy when necessary.Shitty crowd that showed NO CLASS by cheering missed first serves?Yes,Dina DID have too many DFs,yet she blocked out the distractions to close out each set when she truly HAD TO.

It reminded me of when the Williams girls graduated from being mindless ball-bashers to effective court technicians(though Serena ocasionally reverts to her old ways).The various threads on this site are filled with folks who are scared for their favorite players to face Dina right now...but this is NOT some short 'hot streak'.This change will mean that,10 years from now,Marat will be referred to as: "Dinara's pretty-faced,less-successful older brother.":hatoff:

P.S. Dinara looked mighty cute in her OWN right:hearts: with some of those smiling close-ups on court.:)

Dinayer
Aug 16th, 2008, 01:38 PM
Dinara :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

girl you did it!
she is amazing :bounce:
and she will have a olimpic medal :hearts: :bounce:

go for gold!

bad_angel_109
Aug 16th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Go Dinara! I'm hoping she wins gold. I'll be cheering for her either way. Vamos! :D

Naina
Aug 16th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Well done Dina!
I hope she doesnt run out of gas in the final,
Davai!!!!!!!!!!!!!

enchantrezz
Aug 16th, 2008, 05:33 PM
Go for Gold, Dinara!! Nothing less!!!

goldenlox
Aug 16th, 2008, 05:46 PM
Incredible 32-3 run for Dinara.
One last match for the Gold.
Then the USO.

sharapovarulz1
Aug 16th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Good luck in the final Dinara, a gold medal would look great around your neck :D

charlieluvtennis
Aug 16th, 2008, 09:24 PM
:woohoo: Gold medal is yours Dinara! :yeah:

Magdalena Anna
Aug 17th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Davai Sunshine !

maryc
Aug 17th, 2008, 12:09 AM
I laughed after she put the racquet in her mouth, because she obviously got some ball fuzz stuck in her teeth or something! It was hilarious. ("Hmm. This racquet is not so tasty.")

I haven't seen the 2nd set yet (been busy today), but will watch it soon.

iPatty
Aug 17th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Dinara has to give it everything she has got in this final, there can be no holding back.

I hope she wins it, but won't be too devastated if she doesn't. Regardless, she is looking great for USO.

lilimi
Aug 17th, 2008, 08:12 AM
i'm watching the match on french channel sport plus and they are as usual stupid. So sexists in their comments.
moreover they are mocking dinara whithout taking into account the fact she has played billion hours over the last three days.

EDIT: the cherry on top of the cake. they just admited they're only waiting for the men final.
guy forget giving advice to the players...

Dinayer
Aug 17th, 2008, 08:58 AM
so sad for dinara :sad:

she is my champion :sobbing:

lilimi
Aug 17th, 2008, 09:08 AM
i'm sad too for her :sobbing: but at the same time i'm happy for lena :sobbing:
i hope dinara will recover soon because she has many things to do. she can take lena as an example :) London is not so far (i hope it won't be on grass, though :unsure: :lol: )

Esther
Aug 17th, 2008, 09:16 AM
omg dinara:bigcry::bigcry: you won against elena so often this year:sobbing:

But silver is good and the us open will come. :bounce:

Dinara you are our champion.:kiss::baby::hug:

camilia
Aug 17th, 2008, 10:12 AM
I watched the match, it was clear that Dinara was tired and couldn't serve, that was the problem. I mean she kept breaking Lena's serve but couldn't hold hers:shrug: Silver is good too, every great champion has thier ups and downs.
and shame on the French commentators :smash: Our Emirati commentator was respectful to both players and spoke with admiration about Dinara, what not to admire!

goldenlox
Aug 17th, 2008, 10:40 AM
I think Dinara finally tired from the long week of 3 AM doubles.
Now she should rest a few days and get ready for the USO.
Dinara has a chance to win. Maybe skip doubles this year

enchantrezz
Aug 17th, 2008, 11:10 AM
Oh dear, this is not the result I wanted for Dinara and based from the pictures Ive seen she isnt happy either. :( I read the statistics and OMG the 17 DFs really cost her the match. Well she is tired obviously but it really saddens me that it already happened twice in very important matches ( RG and Olympics ).

How ironic is it that Dinara is so fit and healthy but it is also tiredeness and cramps that will beat her in the end. :help:

Tell me guys, whats not working here?
What needs to change in order for her to win those important matches??

Nina.
Aug 17th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I feel sad for Dinara, I hoped that she would win gold. I am sure that she's disappointed that she lost the final but in a couple of days she will be proud of winning silver, I hope. It's still an outstanding result and not a lot of people can say that they've won an Olympic medal.


Tell me guys, whats not working here?
What needs to change in order for her to win those important matches??

She has to cut doubles short. I think that's really important to help her save energy. Imagine she wouldn't have played doubles here, who knows...
I think it's important for USO - nor doubles there in order to win the singles.

maryc
Aug 17th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I'm not sad, really. 1.) I would not have predicted, some months ago, that Dinara would play singles for Russia. 2.) Once she was chosen to play singles, it never crossed my mind that Dinara would be playing the gold medal match. 3.) She's on the hottest streak, and it's looking like this 'streak' is going to become a habit. Imagine how well she'll do when she's not overtaxed by travel and playing daily or twice-daily.

And...in the back of my mind, I thought it would be fitting if Dementieva won this. Even before I saw those photos of her bedecked with every single piece of Russia-emblazoned apparel in the world!

C. Drone
Aug 17th, 2008, 03:23 PM
i'm just angry coz they played those stupid doubles matches and the scheduling was horsesh*t. I mean, Sveta was hopeless, so what was the point? ...and at the end, Dinara was completely exhausted.

enchantrezz
Aug 17th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I feel a little better now :hehehe:
I mean come to think of it, Dinara didnt expect to be part of the Russian team for the Olympics. Like Vera, she was just a replacement for another player who backed out.They were not really prepared mentally to set their sight on winning the singles and were not expected either by their team to do it because Sveta, Dementieva and Sharapova were ranked higher.

The three top players really prepared for this ocassion for a long time, adjusting their tournament schedules, too. But Sharapova got injured, Sveta lost in a tough first rd match. Luckily, Dementieva did her part and won the Gold.

The fact that Dinara and Vera were able to carry on and win the silver and bronze with less preparation physically and mentally is a big achievement already.

CherryBakewell
Aug 17th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Congrats on the medal Dina :) I'm sure once the disappointment fades she'll realise what a great achievement this is.

Amalgamate
Aug 17th, 2008, 08:10 PM
I am not as sad about Dinara losing then I thought I would be. Elena's celebration was special, and it was clear that Dinara was very exhausted, especially in that 3rd set. I hope this loss will motivate her further for the US Open, and lessen the pressure off of her at the Open. Had she won the Olympics she would have had a lot of pressure on her going into the Open, now she can really focus on going for the win at the Open and revenging.

enchantrezz
Aug 18th, 2008, 02:24 AM
She was clearly devastated, she didnt even join the celebration with Elena and Vera (video link (http://tenniswta.blogspot.com/2008/08/video-elena-dementieva-and-vera.html)) but Im glad she didnt. Let her feel bad for now so she can regroup for the USopen.

here's an article:

Elena Dementieva wins women's singles tennis Olympic gold

Elena Dementieva, 5th seed, fought back to defeat Dinara Safina 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games final of the women's singles tennis tournament on Sunday.

Dinara Safina came into this match as a favorite, she was on a winning strike, taking 2 tournaments before the Olympics and also she had a lead record of 5-2 against Dementieva but she could not hold on her winning momentum after having played three grueling matches in 24 hours during the two previous days.

A sad Safina did not even talk to journalists in the mixed zone after the ceremony.

It was hard for both players to hold serve in the first four games of the opening set, and after holding serve in the fifth game, Safina started to gain control and break Dementieva again to jump up to a comfortable 4-2 lead.

The first set victory, however, did not set up the tone for the match as Dementieva came back quickly to storm to a 4-1 lead in the second set and despite serious challenge from Safina, Dementieva pulled one set back at 7-5.

Dementieva kept the momentum on her side to take the final set at 6-3.
Russia has won the 3 medals in Beijing (Dementieva gold, Safina Silver and Zvonareva Bronze) and has become the first NOC to win all three medals in any discipline of an Olympic tennis event since Britain did so in the 1908 women's singles.

"To win the Olympic gold is the best moment of my career, I am happy to win the top honor after claiming a silver medal in Sydney," said Dementieva.

"The match is really difficult as Dinara is in top form and I never beat her this year, but finally I made it. You know, it is always hard to play against a teammate," added the Russian.

By winning the silver medal in Sydney and the gold in Beijing, Dementieva has now become just the fourth woman to win medals in the singles at more than one Olympic Games after Britain Kathleen Mckane, German Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario from Spain.

Article from Xinhuanet (http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-08/17/content_9433797.htm)

enchantrezz
Aug 18th, 2008, 02:37 AM
Imo, I think Dinara is experiencing the greatest loss in her career now.
I dont know but I just feel this could turn out to be a big blessing in disguise for her.
Im kinda excited actually. Lets see what happens in the Usopen ;)

Amalgamate
Aug 18th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Imo, I think Dinara is experiencing the greatest loss in her career now.
I dont know but I just feel this could turn out to be a big blessing in disguise for her.
Im kinda excited actually. Lets see what happens in the Usopen ;)

Thinking really positively, I think the same thing. However, it could either be a great blessing in disguise, or just really devastate and hurt her at the US Open

enchantrezz
Aug 18th, 2008, 03:15 AM
Thinking really positively, I think the same thing. However, it could either be a great blessing in disguise, or just really devastate and hurt her at the US Open

You're right. It could be like Hingis' loss to Steffi Graf at RG but I really hope not :)

Amalgamate
Aug 18th, 2008, 04:25 AM
A true champion will take this loss and turn it into a positive. I can only hope the best for Safina :yeah:

Cyzer
Aug 18th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Oh Dinara! :( She had this match in her hands and it was all hers to win but Elena was too fresh and solid. *sob*

Really, she just needs to find the positives from this match like I know she will. She is more driven than anyone else on the tour IMO because of Marat. So she'll bounce back just fine! AND PLEASE, Dinara, rest up and get ready for the US Open because I'm gonna be there :drool:

lilimi
Aug 18th, 2008, 07:52 PM
dinara is a fighter, if she can recover from fatigue, she will kick asses very soon :evil: go catfina!!!:hearts: :)

Cyzer
Aug 18th, 2008, 10:31 PM
dinara is a fighter, if she can recover from fatigue, she will kick asses very soon :evil: go catfina!!!:hearts: :)

Why is she called Catfina here? :confused:

lilimi
Aug 19th, 2008, 04:37 PM
^^^for catfight :)