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Bijoux0021
Sep 6th, 2008, 01:58 AM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2008-09-05/200809051220660609867.html

Friday, September 5, 2008

Q. Good match despite the conditions.

DINARA SAFINA: Good match?


Q. Did you enjoy the match, in spite of the conditions?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, it's tough to enjoy it when it's ‑‑ it was pretty windy today. And somehow ‑‑ I mean, in that center court it's always windy, but today I could not handle the wind. Not too good for from my side, I can say.


Q. You were talking about not being too fit coming into this match, especially your quarters where you had 20% but you had to manage your energy as best as you can. What was the situation today?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, I think today I was feeling ‑‑ I mean, physically I was feeling better than previous days.

This has nothing to do. But just I would say it's too bad from behaving side from my side. Yeah, maybe today was physically and mentally 80, but I spent 60 on being negative on the court, like shooting around and complaining about everything instead of spending 80% totally focused on just point by point.

And this was ‑‑ I think I was behaving like a really spoiled girl on the court today. This I cannot permit myself playing in semifinal of Grand Slam. So I have to really learn from these things if I want to get better.


Q. How would you assess Serena's play today?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, I could see she was a little bit not comfortable in the beginning of the match. I was 2‑Love up with a break, but she behaved like a champion. Maybe some things ‑‑ she also had some wind problems. I guess it was also bothering me. Maybe she was not feeling 100%.

But she was there and she was fighting with me, you know. I was fighting with everything around except her. So I think this is ‑‑ this I can learn really good from her, how to handle these situations instead of just staying quiet and play my game.


Q. Looking back to the summer, how much are you satisfied with your results?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, this has nothing to do with my loss today. I think still it was ‑‑ I think still the year continuing, but it was a great year. I'm just playing day by ‑‑ what I'm saying? That finally that I'm playing my game.

The results that I have, it's actually that I was dreaming of, is about to play a Grand Slam final. Now I'm in semifinal once again. I just now if I want to make like one step in front, I just have to learn to handle my emotions better, to make one step in front.


Q. Do you remember your first match with Serena at the US Open a couple years ago?

DINARA SAFINA: Yes, 6‑Love, 6‑1. I remember. I guess this year I won a little bit more games.


Q. Does this amaze you, Safina, that when you're winning and doing better at big tournaments they refer to Marat as Safina's brother, and when he's doing very well they refer to you as Marat's sister. It becomes a reference point for each other depending on who is playing better.

DINARA SAFINA: Well, I think it's more I'm still his sister than he's my brother, so I think it's still other way around. But it has nothing ‑‑ I'm his sister. I always will be his sister.

To change this I have to get better results, because he has two Grand Slams. He was No. 1 in the world. I still can learn many things from him.

treufreund
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:03 AM
very classy interview :hearts:

iPatty
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:04 AM
Great interview, exactly the words I want to hear after seeing this match.

She is learning from the experience and growing as a result of it, just perfect. Looking forward to next year even more now. Dinara has big things in store for us.

Expat
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:09 AM
classy

Temporary0369
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:09 AM
Oh wow, even though I very much dislike her oncourt attitude, she is very classy. I'm glad I read this.

Craig.
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Nice. :yeah:

Still hate her guts though. :)

Marshmallow
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:37 AM
I might become a fan, she's really level headed OFF court.

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:41 AM
Dina is such a sweet girl at heart :hearts:

Dawn Marie
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:45 AM
She is spot on in her mental assesment of the match. She cried and acted like a spoilt girl insted of fighting and focusing on the tennis.

Renalicious
Sep 6th, 2008, 04:13 AM
Classy from Dinara. Man, I love these girls. Serena, Jelena...Dinara too!

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 6th, 2008, 04:26 AM
2009 is going to be her year! :bounce:

young_gunner913
Sep 6th, 2008, 05:02 AM
DINARA SAFINA: Well, I think it's more I'm still his sister than he's my brother, so I think it's still other way around. But it has nothing ‑‑ I'm his sister. I always will be his sister.

:awww: So adorable. Fantastic interview from Dina. :yeah: Wish her the best with the rest of the year. :hug:

Jakeev
Sep 6th, 2008, 05:29 AM
The fact that Dinara could admit in an interview she played bad means how bad she wants to be a Slam champion. Pretty damn mature interview..............

brickhousesupporter
Sep 6th, 2008, 05:55 AM
Nothing against Dinara but does anyone else hate that people are defined as classy based on words said in an interview.

DOUBLEFIST
Sep 6th, 2008, 08:16 AM
I love Dinara Safina! She is sooo honest with herself!!

I am truly a fan of hers.

Now, don't get it confused. I wanted Serena to win, but I found myself pulling for this girl.

I've always like her game, but I really like the young lady she's becoming! :yeah: She is supplanting Maria and the "Z" as my favorite Russian!

enchantrezz
Sep 6th, 2008, 03:46 PM
DINARA SAFINA: Well, I think today I was feeling ‑‑ I mean, physically I was feeling better than previous days.

This has nothing to do. But just I would say it's too bad from behaving side from my side. Yeah, maybe today was physically and mentally 80, but I spent 60 on being negative on the court, like shooting around and complaining about everything instead of spending 80% totally focused on just point by point.

And this was ‑‑ I think I was behaving like a really spoiled girl on the court today. This I cannot permit myself playing in semifinal of Grand Slam. So I have to really learn from these things if I want to get better.


Q. How would you assess Serena's play today?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, I could see she was a little bit not comfortable in the beginning of the match. I was 2‑Love up with a break, but she behaved like a champion. Maybe some things ‑‑ she also had some wind problems. I guess it was also bothering me. Maybe she was not feeling 100%.

But she was there and she was fighting with me, you know. I was fighting with everything around except her. So I think this is ‑‑ this I can learn really good from her, how to handle these situations instead of just staying quiet and play my game.

I have nothing but admiration for this young lady. With this kind of mindset and character, its not hard to see her getting the results she wants in her career soon and Ill be rooting for her all the way.

dany.p
Sep 6th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Great interview, exactly the words I want to hear after seeing this match.

She is learning from the experience and growing as a result of it, just perfect. Looking forward to next year even more now. Dinara has big things in store for us.
This is exactly what i thought. She lost in straight sets, but she can take positives away from this match and learn a lot from this loss.

This is how grandslam champs are made