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debby
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:53 PM
Source (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2009-09-02/200909021251925447125.html)

Q. How difficult was to be No. 1? You were young. And then you talk about your sister; she's No. 1. You told us also about the papers writing about your private life. And also you remember Safinettes, the girls?
MARAT SAFIN: Still remember?

Q. So for your sister, it is not the same problem. At least she doesn't have all these boyfriends and pictures.
MARAT SAFIN: Well, everybody is hard on her why she's No. 1. You have this contest issue, is she a real No. 1 or not? You open the page, she made eight double faults, 43 unforced errors. She struggled, almost lost to 18 years old.
Who cares? I mean, she's No. 1 in the world. I have to protect my sister. The poor girl, she's trying her best. She's doing really well. She gets the attention, but not the kind of attention that a person deserves, especially when you're No. 1 in the world.
Everybody is giving her hard time about, Are you really No. 1 in the world? Yes, yes, she's really No. 1 in the world. Go check on the ranking. She didn't do the ranking.
Apparently there is some guy who made the ranking. On this ranking, she's No. 1 in the world. Serena, she didn't say even though she won two Grand Slams this year, she's No. 2. Sorry, but that's the way. Deal with that.
I'm just personally, I'm really like, I have to protect her. I feel like she deserve a little bit more than what she's getting right now. I think she's playing you can't imagine how crazy she is about sport. I don't think there is one person in the world who is more professional than her.
Everybody is like hitting on her and giving her a hard time about this, how many, what happened to this serve, what happened this, what happened with that? Leave her alone. Give her a little bit less questions. So it's just all to you guys. Make her happy. That's it.

Q. Luckily she doesn't have all those boyfriends as you had girlfriends. :tape: :tape:
MARAT SAFIN: Yeah. Yes, she's opposite of me.


:awww: just after reading that interview, how could we bash Safina again? :sad:

BTW :sad: :sad: @Safin's very last match in Slam, he will be missed for sure.

Ferg
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:57 PM
Good old Marat. I going to miss him. Very depressing US Open with him, Fabrice, and if rumours are true Ai, for this to be all their last Slam. :sobbing: 3 great players and, in Fabrices and Ais case at least, real sportspeople to look up to. (Marat was a bit wild for 9 year olds to look up to :unsure:)

Russianboy
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:00 AM
exactly, deal with that :)

he even mentioned serena :haha:

jenny161185
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:02 AM
it is a bit mean everyone ganging up on her even john mc enroe saying serena is the number one fact, like he of all people knows thats not exactly how it works!

LightWarrior
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:04 AM
Let it go. Even Venus just defended Dinara. It's not even an issue any more. She's a consitent slamless player who deserves to be #1.

Olůrin
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:04 AM
exactly, deal with that :)

he even mentioned serena :haha:

Yep the Queen is mentioned on a first name basis everywhere. She's at the very heart of the tennis world :)

KournikovaFan91
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:05 AM
McEnroe also said seeding systems were ridiculous and that Sharapova HAD to be seeded for Wimby even though she didn't deserve to be. :rolleyes: he is full of crap.


I don't think she deserves to be Number One but after all it's not her fault really. Like she can never win when it REALLY matters, the 3 slam finals and the Olympics.

debby
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:10 AM
:haha: x 1000 @ Safin saying "I want to achieve some things. I'm a different than another person who want to lay back and do nothing for rest of the life and talk nonsense on ESPN, talk about my match against Sampras. I will not do that."

I wonder who he is talking about :tape: :tape: :help:

Tennis Fool
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:12 AM
Very honest responses (and we will miss those from Marat). Obviously he wants to defend his sister, but it sounds as if he is not overly confident about her being No. 1 either.

brickhousesupporter
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:21 AM
Marat can defend his sister all he wants, but until I see him out there in her box supporting her, it is all lip service to me. What else does he have to do that is more important than his sisters grandslam finals......its not like he is actually trying in his matches and playing competative tennis.

KournikovaFan91
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:22 AM
Maybe she doesn't want him to watch, sometime people don't like relatives watching. :shrug:

goldenlox
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:26 AM
I think the controversy is good for women's tennis.
After next week there are 5 months until the next major.
Is Serena going to win nothing for 5 months?

It gives the media and fans something to debate. To take sides on. That's always good.

Donny
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:35 AM
Lol @ bringing up Serena completely unprompted. He'd fit in well on this forum.

Craig.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:40 AM
"Everyone is like hitting on her" :bigcry:

tennnisfannn
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:50 AM
He has a point though. Safina cops alot of flack but so does venus and serena and the entire WTA. This week the commentators ahve been moaning the women's serve when for so long they cheapened the sisters making it look like they were only successful because of their serve. How many times have we heard that serena came thru because of her serve and that said not in a manner to praise her good serve, but in a that's-not-fair sort of way!
This week seems to be all about the serve at the USO, maria's, elena's, safina's etc.
safina better brace herself, even if she won a slam, she would still be criticed for something else.

young_gunner913
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:51 AM
I think the controversy is good for women's tennis.
After next week there are 5 months until the next major.
Is Serena going to win nothing for 5 months?

It gives the media and fans something to debate. To take sides on. That's always good.

Not if you tell her that Beijing, Tokyo and Doha are the new slams ;)

2moretogo
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:53 AM
The video was even better. The way he said "Sorry" with his chin almost on the desk, and his hands sarcastically was pretty hilarious.

I will miss him, but he should get his ass to one of her big matches then.

John.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:53 AM
They also asked Mauresmo about it:

Q. What are your thoughts on the meaning of being No. 1? For example, even if Serena Williams wins this tournament, Dinara would remain No. 1. What are your thoughts on a system that would have Dinara remain No. 1 in that situation?
AM…LIE MAURESMO: You know, it's a matter of being consistent at some point. Unfortunately or fortunately for you guys you have something to write about. She's more consistent than Serena throughout a period of one year.
What else can I say? Or you change the ranking system. You just put the Grand Slams really, really high, like many, many points, like ten times more than the other tournaments which are still huge tournaments: Miami, Indian Wells. Those are huge tournaments.
Then, okay, you put these tournaments in really back, way, way back, and then you say, Okay, Serena is No. 1. Well, I mean, what can I do? What can I say?
I saw that Dinara made the statement saying, Guys, I'm not making the ranking system. I'm sorry.
She almost has to apologize that she's No. 1 now. Give her a break.


And Venus:

Q. Can you give your thoughts on the WTA system whereby, no matter what the result is here, if Serena for example wins the tournament, she will not take over the No. 1 spot. Dinara will retain it. What are your thoughts on the system?
VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, my thought's that if you play consistent, you can be very highly ranked. I guess it's all about playing consistent these days.

Q. Is that your thought about how Dinara has done this year to earn that No. 1 ranking?
VENUS WILLIAMS: She's played very consistently, and kudos to her and credit to her for being able to hold onto that No. 1 ranking and playing so well.

ElusiveChanteuse
Sep 3rd, 2009, 12:58 AM
:lol: Who else is going to defend poor little Dinara?:awww: :p

I wanna see how Serena reacts to this for the nth time.:rolls:

Yorker
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:04 AM
Serena Williams maintains she’s the world No. 1, despite the official tally, and took a shot at Safina after winning the Wimbledon final in July. For all her consistency, Safina is still chasing a maiden major.

``Of course it’s affecting her,’’ Krajan said. ``It’s smart play from Serena, who is doing this for I don’t know what reason, putting the pressure of the ranking. You can’t change the ranking. It has or had an influence on Dinara. I hope it’s `had’ and this story is done


usopen.org article this was the end of it but it was about how he treats her coaching.

Black Mamba.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:06 AM
I think the controversy is good for women's tennis.
After next week there are 5 months until the next major.
Is Serena going to win nothing for 5 months?

It gives the media and fans something to debate. To take sides on. That's always good.

This is exactly what I've been saying. Think college football and the BCS. The debates keep women's tennis in the news.

2moretogo
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:18 AM
``Of course itís affecting her,íí Krajan said. ``Itís smart play from Serena, who is doing this for I donít know what reason, putting the pressure of the ranking. You canít change the ranking. It has or had an influence on Dinara. I hope itís `hadí and this story is done


usopen.org article this was the end of it but it was about how he treats her coaching.

What about his piss poor additude when she's struggling during her matches? And Serena isn't the one who is leading this, it was the press. Now I really wanna see a Dinara v. Serena final. :tape:

Svetlana.
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:19 AM
:lol: Who else is going to defend poor little Dinara?:awww: :p

I wanna see how Serena reacts to this for the nth time.:rolls:

By winning a few non slam events perhaps, or at least reaching a few SF or Finals in them?

Or at a very least not loosing four times in the row to players a #2 should never have lost?

Steffica Greles
Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:53 AM
Safina is the true number one! Why? Because the rankings say so.

But the rankings don't say who is the best player, and haven't done for a long time. When they have, it's been apt, but it was never intentional. The rankings are a number to promote the players. They're nothing else.

Tennisstar86
Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:26 AM
Marat can defend his sister all he wants, but until I see him out there in her box supporting her, it is all lip service to me. What else does he have to do that is more important than his sisters grandslam finals......its not like he is actually trying in his matches and playing competative tennis.

cosign!!! hes all about defending her why the hell has he skipped all 3 of her finals?