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SAISAI-GOAT
May 25th, 2010, 02:00 PM
Dinara led 4-1 in 3s :tape:

the new Dinara is like Pushfina :help:

Kimiko hope you can get some rest :hug:

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 02:00 PM
Words cannt descibe this... Kimiko is one of the most inspirational people to ever play. 99% of the tour would have given up being 4-1 down and injured in the third set, not Kimiko. Seriously one of the most amazing matches Ive ever seen, purely in drama terms.

Words cannot decirbe Safinas play nor her attitude.

Szczecin
May 25th, 2010, 02:01 PM
Gee Kimiko Played So Well... :worship:


AWESOME


Shame about the Calf injury, but amazing play to pull it off....


So Many Winners !!!! :drool: So Aggressive !!! :hearts:


Her timing on her groundstrokes is impeccable! :)




Dinara ... :tape: Pusher Much ... ? :help:

Six Feet Under
May 25th, 2010, 02:01 PM
GOAT :bowdown:
Fucking Amazing. :sobbing:

Was down 5-0 first set.
Down 4-2 second set
Down 4-1 third set.

Amazing shots from Kimiko :inlove:

Those shots down 0-30 5-5... just amazing

Such a fighter :sobbing:

Svetlana)))
May 25th, 2010, 02:01 PM
OMG LOL. What a shitfest. The last game from Dinara was just :haha:

pollison
May 25th, 2010, 02:01 PM
DINARA...you make me cry...you should of won easily.
I hope she improves but she was pushing everything today!

AdeyC
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Excellent result - well done Kimiko

Jajaloo
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
OH MY GOSH! :eek::eek::eek:

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Kimiko was injured too :sobbing:

Amazing!

Reptilia
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
That would have to be the worst match ive ever seen

jrm
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
If anyone needs to retire it's Safina :bowdown:

she would probably lose to someone on wheelchair today :yeah:

young_gunner913
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
KIMIKO YOU FUCKING WARRIOR!!! :bowdown:

Daniel K
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Absolute legend!!!! So epic.

Dawson.
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
:)

Bronx19
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
lmao at you guys....

Yes, its truly sad. Safina is shit house at the moment.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
The. Biggest. Shock. Of. RG. 2010. So. Far. :eek:

And with only one good leg. :worship::worship::worship:

HOLY SHIT!!! :bounce:

Endru.
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
no surprise at all :shrug:

safina is now nothing more than :weirdo:

Kimiko :cheer:

TheBoiledEgg
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
injured beats a cripple :o

Dinara should take rest of year of if not more
she's just gone

Huntress55
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Kimiko :bounce:

Chorophyll
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Dinara you are not Wozniacki.

Zvonareva, PLEASE do not blow this draw.

Chloé&TheRubySun
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Omigosh!

moby
May 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
Tears of joy, tears of despair.

Incredible for Kimiko.

Poor Dinara. I hope she gets the confidence to go for her shots again. She's playing like a C-grade pusher now.

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
14 Winners / 38 UEs from Safina :haha:

38 Winners /63 UEs from KDK

Wiggly
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
What a gutsy fight by Kimiko!

As for Safina, there goes her minimal confidence and ranking.

tennisbum79
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
If anyone needs to retire it's Safina :bowdown:

she would probably lose to someone on wheelchair today :yeah:
No, she can't retire on this note.

She has to redeem herself.

Elwin.
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Oh My Dinara :sad:

Mashabator
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Kmiko :cheer: :inlove: AMAZE :)

Jajaloo
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
At least Vika will have some company on her flight.

Lennval
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
speechless :worship:

samsam4087
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Well done Kimiko

Nicolas
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
:speakles: Surreal match

Ksenia.
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Kimiko played on one leg, wow. Impressive.

simplydeep
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Oh dear me... i feel sorry for Safina... should won the slams when she had the chance no chance any more

jefrilibra
May 25th, 2010, 02:03 PM
:eek:

M.P
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
kimiko you are so lucky so many net cord for you
Dinara, you still need more time to recover :hug:

Steven.
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
OH MY GOD I'M GONNA CRY RIGHT NOW.

I knew she could do it, even before the tournament started. I'm just ecstatic for her. She was in so much pain too.

YOU GO GIRL.

bbjpa
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Pathetic Dinara :rolls:

Rafito.
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
What a chokefest! Good on ya Dina.

Can this granny even play in the next round :rolleyes:

BuTtErFrEnA
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
4 threads :lol:

Noctis
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Congrats Kimiko
I have no words... Dinara is bad and very bad worse than very badder than bad could get badder and worst.

azmad_88
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
wow at kimiko

madmax
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Poor Dina...not a fan of this girl, but you gotta feel for poor soul

Andreas
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Kimiko deserves an award for her fighting :worship: The crowd was really behind her. I'm not sure if she can even play the next match.

Safina? Well, that was not even junior worthy. 12 winners in the whole match and 9 of them were in the 1st set. She was just pushing and she couldn't even do that well. 1st serves around 120km/h. Awful attitude.

Once again, Kimiko :worship:

claypova
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
kmimko hit 63 errors and still won :o

well done kimiko :yeah:

Anabelcroft
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Kimikoooo :)

Russianboy
May 25th, 2010, 02:04 PM
dinara, ur a b*tch :lol: :help:

and :clap2: for medical timeout at 2-4 in third set, just :yeah:

Vikapower
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
I'm not a Safina fan but this one really really hurts ! 4 UE to just gift the match away. :tape: :tape: :help: And Kimiko will not even be able to play the next round !

Bronx19
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Damn, there goes a betting opportunity for next round.

Now we have a one legged dog that will retire.

*Dog denotes underdog, for those unfamiliar with betting.

tim2502
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
She is amazing :hearts:

Renalicious
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
I am crying right now. Epic, epic, epic match. She was done so many times. My fighter Kimiko :hysteric: :sobbing: :inlove: :hearts:

And God :hug: :worship: Thanks :hearts:

Noctis
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Kimiko hitted 37 winners with one leg. She's N9
not you Dinara. While don't you ho the ball hard anymore.

Nikkiri
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Wow, just wow. The utmost respect for Kimiko. Just amazing.

Feel really bad for Dinara at the same time though.

Hashim.
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
So happy for Kimiko but at the same time really sad for Safina:hug:

ElusiveChanteuse
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Not a fan but I have to pity Dinara.:hug:
Kimiko :woohoo: Finally.:D

hardball
May 25th, 2010, 02:05 PM
this is a true bombshell!

kimiko :worship: dinara -- :lol::lol::lol:

AcesHigh
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
This really really really sucks. Anyone with a heart has to feel for Dinara

Phil=)
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Just an awsome fight Kimiko :hearts:

ce
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
omg :sobbing:
i am so happy :bigcry:

jrm
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
And once those semifinal points from Wimbledon fall off she is nowhere land!

tennisbum79
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Date-Krum has just pulled a Tiger Woods

fouc
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
I had tears in my eyes :sobbing: Such a epic victory. And fantastic Hingis-like placement.

I feel so bad for Safina at the same time. :sad: Such a sad story.

TheBoiledEgg
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Kimiko hitted 37 winners with one leg. She's N9
not you Dinara. While don't you ho the ball hard anymore.

you cant with a bad back

Rafito.
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
At least Vika will have some company on her flight.

They are both playing doubles. They not going anywhere.

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Damn, there goes a betting opportunity for next round.

Now we have a one legged dog that will retire.

Dog? All you talk about is betting, why dont you post on a betting website instead?

danieln1
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
The most painful match I watched Dinara playing, she should just rest and comeback when ready, right now she is doing nothing, just pushing the ball...

Awesome win for one legged Kimiko...

cellophane
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Ew... Dinara was just horrible. Honestly, she should have taken a longer break.

Anabelcroft
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Kimiko is injured herself too...

Drimal
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Kimiko is a legend :bowdown:

This made my day!

I hope her injury won't bother her too much in 2nd round.

leebeasy
May 25th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Amazing! So happy for KDK, she deserved her first post-retirement win long ago but I'm glad she finally got it. Some of her winners were amazing considering she was one leg.
Rest up Kimmy, you need to be fighting fit for R2!

CoryAnnAvants#1
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Kimiko was crying after winning:worship:

tennisforadults
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
What a chokefest! Good on ya Dina.

Can this granny even play in the next round :rolleyes:

The 'granny' with one injured leg beats Safina. What does that make Safina? :rolleyes:

Kimiko may not win the next round, but she's won the day. A truly amazing effort - what an inspiration! :hearts:

Patrick345
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Unfortunately it looks like Dinara´s career is in serious jeopardy. She can´t move. Her first and second serve are around 120km/h and she still can´t put it in play. :sad::sad:

Miss Atomic Bomb
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Now we have a one legged dog that will retire.
Reported :wavey:

New
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Date was amazing! Go all the way!!!:bounce:

hdfb
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
This is just, so sweet. Words are hard to describe! Kimiko has fallen just short so many times. So awesome she grinded it out today. NIHON NO SENSHI!!

Mikey.
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
:crying2: Kimiko was awesome. :yeah:

I feel so bad for Dinara! All those points lost. :sad:

Six Feet Under
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
I am crying right now. Epic, epic, epic match. She was done so many times. My fighter Kimiko :hysteric: :sobbing: :inlove: :hearts:
:

This. Such a bloody good fighter :sobbing:

lilimi
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
something was obviously wrong with dinara ...she couldn't serve, nor hit the ball and didn't even smash rackets...she wasn't there at all:o obviously she came back too early. no more catfina :bigcry:
congratulations to Kimiko, she was the fighter there! i hope she'll be able to play her next round.

Anabelcroft
May 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM
While Kimiko is "gold" among oldies :)

SAISAI-GOAT
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Kimiko deserves an award for her fighting :worship: The crowd was really behind her. I'm not sure if she can even play the next match.

Safina? Well, that was not even junior worthy. 12 winners in the whole match and 9 of them were in the 1st set. She was just pushing and she couldn't even do that well. 1st serves around 120km/h. Awful attitude.

Once again, Kimiko :worship:

I think Kimiko will be able to play next match ... it is supposed to rain the next 2 days so she will have time to rest :hug:

Patrick345
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Damn, there goes a betting opportunity for next round.

Now we have a one legged dog that will retire.

Where is the problem? I was gonna bet Groth on bookies with first point played regardless of who was winning between Date and Safina.

2moretogo
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Stunned. Gutted for Safina, but elated for Kimiko. Loved the kiss at the end by Kimiko for her husband(?) or coach.

Of any 1st round upset, kind of didn't want it to be Safina. But she can't say that she didn't have her opportunities.

juki
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Kimiko :bounce: Legend!

Bronx19
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Dog? All you talk about is betting, why dont you post on a betting website instead?

Dog as in, under dog.

I like betting one womens tennis, here will do.

KoOlMaNsEaN
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
WOW. Kimiko is simply amazing.

Anabelcroft
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Truly legend!

M.P
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
back injury >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>one leg

Vaidisova Ruled
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
omg this is so sad for safina. damn, radwanska is so lucky, I bet that she will be #6 in 2 weeks. crazy

winnermax
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
It really moves me!!Kimiko was honored for her courage in this battle!

ZODIAC
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Amazing!!!

Jajaloo
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Ew... Dinara was just horrible. Honestly, she should have taken a longer break.

Or not split from her coach the week before a grand slam. :confused:

I REALLY wanted Dinara to do well!

ozfan44
May 25th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Damn, there goes a betting opportunity for next round.

Now we have a one legged dog that will retire.

The only dog here is you....why would you say that??

Well done Kimiko!!:bounce:;)

Bronx19
May 25th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Reported :wavey:

You're the only one in the wrong.

UNDERdog.

danieln1
May 25th, 2010, 02:09 PM
So her ranking will be now???

i think she has only Cincinatti final points to defend right?? Those other results were just ridiculous..

Keadz
May 25th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Hilarious, brilliant, retarded, crazy, ugly and satisfying.

Kimiko, thanks for winning. Safina didn't deserve to win playing like that, whilst Kimiko was attempting atleast to do something the entire match.

Nice moment at the end :)

:hearts:

The tour is fine without you Safina, really...

Aravanecaravan
May 25th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Feel sorry for Dinara. This must be so frustrating for her. I hope her back gets better.

Kudos to Date-Krumm for fighting like she did.

SvetaPleaseWin.
May 25th, 2010, 02:09 PM
ugh annoyed i didnt watch it now, i like a good upset

Ivan.
May 25th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Kimiko to save WTA . :worship:

Bronx19
May 25th, 2010, 02:10 PM
The only dog here is you....why would you say that??

Well done Kimiko!!:bounce:;)

Arg.... I'm NOT calling her a dog.

Krumm will be a big under dog next match.

Blu€
May 25th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Dinara :hug::bigcry: you just knew she wouldn't hold serve at the end, she was mentally defeated, really sad to watch. :sad:

Slutiana
May 25th, 2010, 02:10 PM
I'm speechless. :speakles::speakles::speakles:

Monzanator
May 25th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Simply unbelievable :worship:

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
Only 5 threads. I'm disappointed.

Date's 21th top-10 win, only 2nd on clay courts and at Roland Garros.

Both should be ashamed of themselves. Safina -- because she did nothing but pushed against an injured 40 years old who kept making the most idiotic errors out there. Date -- because she's brainless and should have won it much easier. Thankfully, she's gonna lose the next round anyway.

Koon
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
This match is so bad but full of dramatics. After watching the match, I have lots of emotional . In the 1st set , Kimiko was pathetic, she can't hit the ball in and all the balls she hit went to the net .In the 2nd set, both players hit lots of UE esp. Dinara , Kimiko was there begging Dinara to finish it off but Dinara"I don't wanna win my matches easily"Safina refused . This is one of the worst match ever of Dina's career for sure . She lost the 2nd 4-6 but hitting only 1 winner and 17 UEs alone . That's simply pathetic. Kimiko almost hopeless in the 3rd set ,but Dinara couldn't finish it off , she was just too passive. Her serve sucks , her mentally sucks too.If she had hit the ball as usual , she would have won that match in set 2 or even when she's up 4-1 or 5-4 . Poor Dinara and happy for Kimiko .

narutos
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
OMG, she sucks so baddd

delicatecutter
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
Amazing result from Kimiko!! :bowdown:

LudwigDvorak
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
This really really really sucks. Anyone with a heart has to feel for Dinara

I don't feel the slightest thing for her. I guess I have no heart.

I'm thrilled for Kimiko, beyond thrilled. I almost cried seeing her win, be so emotional, hug her family and have the huge crowd give the standing ovation. This is, in my opinion, the best moment of her comeback. :)

She played amazing tennis at times. I only caught the third set, but it was worth that. I'll watch the rest on replay later.

Andrewraven
May 25th, 2010, 02:11 PM
I'm so happy kimiko won but can't help but feel heartbroken for dinara too, kimiko you are an amazing fighter

Shaun:::
May 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM
kimiko:sobbing:
ganbatte in next round!:hearts:

turtle-rn
May 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Well done Kimiko. :worship:

Phil=)
May 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Only 5 threads. I'm disappointed.

Date's 21th top-10 win, only 2nd on clay courts and at Roland Garros.

Both should be ashamed of themselves. Safina -- because she did nothing but pushed against an injured 40 years old who kept making the most idiotic errors out there. Date -- because she's brainless and should have won it much easier. Thankfully, she's gonna lose the next round anyway.

Nope i think Groth is much more brainless :help:

crazillo
May 25th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Never thought Kimiko would be able to finish this match. I have no idea how she did. Wow :eek:

Gdsimmons
May 25th, 2010, 02:13 PM
OH MY GOSH!!! Dinara is gonna be like #20 in the rankings no?? Her section of the draw is shot!

tennnisfannn
May 25th, 2010, 02:13 PM
If anyone needs to retire it's Safina :bowdown:

she would probably lose to someone on wheelchair today :yeah:
It is not proper to speak down on wheelchair users:tape:

kwilliams
May 25th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Wow! Congratulations Kimiko!! Good luck in the next round. She deserves to build on this.

van£ss
May 25th, 2010, 02:13 PM
One of the most horrible match i've ever seen :eek:

Dinara deserved to lose this match , she sucked from 5-0 in the first set , anyway i have nothing more to say i'm pissed at her like i wasn't enough already before her match :lol: Have fun with that Gaston :rolleyes:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Kimiko!:cheer::cheer: :bounce::woohoo::bowdown:

Dina...:awww::hug: How far is her ranking gonna fall now?:eek:

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
I feel so sorry for Dinara. I hope she'll get back to where she was soon. :awww:

But I'm so happy for Kimiko. You've it done it for the Asians, Kimiko. What a fighter. :sobbing:

Jorn
May 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
3 winners in 2 sets, even with a bad injured back she should be do better...

moby
May 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Only 5 threads. I'm disappointed.

Date's 21th top-10 win, only 2nd on clay courts and at Roland Garros.

Both should be ashamed of themselves. Safina -- because she did nothing but pushed against an injured 40 years old who kept making the most idiotic errors out there. Date -- because she's brainless and should have won it much easier. Thankfully, she's gonna lose the next round anyway.Yeah, it was a terrible match... like watching two wrecked trains go at each other...
But given the circumstances of the two players, how can one not be sympathetic? :shrug:

slnbb
May 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
kimiko!!!!! gosh !!!!!! it was so emotional !!!!!!! such a great fighter !!!!!!!
now i am a fan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
Nope i think Groth is much more brainless :help:

Groth can hit the ball and serve (sometimes) unlike the former world No.1.

John.
May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
I am still taking this in. All I will say right now is that is one of the most amazing and dramatic matches I have ever seen in my life. It wasn't in all honesty one of the best, too many errors for that and Dinara was let's face it a shadow of her old self, but for sheer drama this match won't be beat whatever happens the rest of this tournament. Simply extrordinary!!!!

Just when you think Kimiko can't get anymore amazing than she is already she goes and does something like this. Truely there just aren't words too describe how courageous and brilliant and skillful she is.

kyk710
May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
I'm so happy for Kimiko. She is such an inspiration. I'm mad that I didn't wake up to see this :o

Papillon.
May 25th, 2010, 02:15 PM
So fucking happy right now. :sobbing: Love you Kimiko.

oaki
May 25th, 2010, 02:16 PM
Only 5 threads. I'm disappointed.

Date's 21th top-10 win, only 2nd on clay courts and at Roland Garros.

Both should be ashamed of themselves. Safina -- because she did nothing but pushed against an injured 40 years old who kept making the most idiotic errors out there. Date -- because she's brainless and should have won it much easier. Thankfully, she's gonna lose the next round anyway.

Maybe you should have counted her injury as to why couldn't Date just finished in 2. Come on! She's 40 and injured, and for her fighting spirit down 1-4, she could have retired!! (Ayumi will since the end of first set I suppose)

You are the star Kimiko :worship::worship:

Chorophyll
May 25th, 2010, 02:16 PM
Safina could very well end the year outside of the Top 50. :lol:

tennisforadults
May 25th, 2010, 02:16 PM
Safina's serving is truly atrocious. In the last few games, someone even laughed out loud when she missed a first serve badly. She seemed to be happy just rallying - not trying to hit the lines or attempt any variety at all. How do you win a match like that???

Kimiko at least tried everything, though way too many UEs. She deserved the win.

adner
May 25th, 2010, 02:16 PM
OH MY GOSH!!! Dinara is gonna be like #20 in the rankings no?? Her section of the draw is shot!
"Her" section still contains Zvonareva who's undoubtedly bigger deal nowadays.

Shinjiro
May 25th, 2010, 02:17 PM
:worship: :sobbing:

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 02:17 PM
Only 5 threads. I'm disappointed.

Date's 21th top-10 win, only 2nd on clay courts and at Roland Garros.

Both should be ashamed of themselves. Safina -- because she did nothing but pushed against an injured 40 years old who kept making the most idiotic errors out there. Date -- because she's brainless and should have won it much easier. Thankfully, she's gonna lose the next round anyway.

Do you ever say anything positive?! :lol:

A-Bond
May 25th, 2010, 02:18 PM
Oh Dinara :sad::sad: what a pity, I really thought with Radwanska in the draw it would be possible to reach QF... You're comeback really hasn't been good and now she'll lose a big amount of points. And when Wimbly's gone, she'll go back far in the rankings. Really does not deserve that :sad:

As for Kimiko, she fought great and she really deserves that win :) But right now I'm upset with Dinara.

timafi
May 25th, 2010, 02:18 PM
that's a tad hars:tape:

chipandcharge
May 25th, 2010, 02:18 PM
yeah that was a great win alright. She was spanking that forehand.

Her injury turned out to be two stress fractures and a ruptured muscle in her lower back. Thankfully Safina has since returned to the tour but her form is understandably poor. Considering her injury we can only be thankful she has returned to tennis
(http://www.thebigtip.com.au/tennis/80-opinion/472-wta-french-crown-wide-open)
I think those comments are a fair call!

Mynarco
May 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Ayumi, learn from your fellow countrywoman regarding to FIGHTING SPIRIT.

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Yeah, it was a terrible match... like watching two wrecked trains go at each other...
But given the circumstances of the two players, how can one not be sympathetic? :shrug:

I don't have sympathy for those who can't do their job properly. And today's match was an embarrassment to women's tennis and nothing else.

Nacho
May 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM
:lol:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/Nacho_82/kimiko.png

AndreConrad
May 25th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Congrats to Kimiko :yeah:
It seems that Dinara returned too early to the game. Then again it takes Maria very long time to get back into swing as well.

earthcrystal
May 25th, 2010, 02:20 PM
This was a very hard match to watch, but all credit to Kimiko for fighting through the pain and scrapping out a win on a tough day. I hope she can recover sufficiently to play her next round.

That said, I feel really bad for Dinara. She works so hard and this has to be heartbreaking. Hang in there, girl.

*Jean*
May 25th, 2010, 02:21 PM
A lot of respect for Kimiko but that was beyond pathetic from both players. Some 10,000$ QR1 of a higher quality actually exist.

friendsita
May 25th, 2010, 02:22 PM
:o

Beat
May 25th, 2010, 02:22 PM
awful loss for dinara :sad: but congrats to KDK! :worship:

bandabou
May 25th, 2010, 02:22 PM
sad, sad...just goes to show how small your window of opportunity can be. You can't say: Well I have next year...because next year you can lose 1st round!

tennisforadults
May 25th, 2010, 02:23 PM
I don't have sympathy for those who can't do their job properly. And today's match was an embarrassment to women's tennis and nothing else.

Well, in your opinion.

I'm sure lots of other people will look up to Kimiko's performance as an inspiration, not an embarrassment.

earthcrystal
May 25th, 2010, 02:23 PM
I don't have sympathy for those who can't do their job properly. And today's match was an embarrassment to women's tennis and nothing else.

Oh good grief. High horse much? You are an embarrassment to tennis fans (moreover humans in general) worldwide. Let me guess, you live alone?

azinna
May 25th, 2010, 02:24 PM
Honestly, I feel bad for Dinara. And I'm more a fan of Date....

Vanity Bonfire
May 25th, 2010, 02:24 PM
I don't have sympathy for those who can't do their job properly. And today's match was an embarrassment to women's tennis and nothing else.

At the end of the day, the girl who was number one a year ago lost to a 40-year-old who could barely move. I know Safina has had a serious back injury, but her play today was just too despairing for words. She hit more DFs than winners, and she couldn't even keep the ball in play which was all she had to do to win. Whether this is the level we should now come to expect from her or if it's just the injury, I don't know. I hope it's the latter.

Direwolf
May 25th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Amazing date!!!

tennisforadults
May 25th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Oh good grief. High horse much? You are an embarrassment to tennis fans (moreover humans in general) worldwide. Let me guess, you live alone?

The good thing about Anna_K is that he doesn't discriminate. He hates everyone.

MechWarrior2k
May 25th, 2010, 02:26 PM
3 winners in 2 sets, even with a bad injured back she should be do better...

Your girl hit 3 winners in 2 sets vs Li at the AO. ::wavey:

ajmo!
May 25th, 2010, 02:27 PM
:lol: that's beacuse she fired krajan.
i'm sure she will never be top 10 player again, no to talk about no1

Officinale
May 25th, 2010, 02:27 PM
Noooo :bigcry:

martin white
May 25th, 2010, 02:28 PM
:worship:Kimiko legend.She was down 1-4 final set,injured,struggling to move,what a fighter:)congrats on a great win Kimiko,first in gs md since her comeback,good luck next round Kimiko.....:yeah:

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 02:28 PM
I don't have sympathy for those who can't do their job properly. And today's match was an embarrassment to women's tennis and nothing else.

Frankly contributions like the ones you have in this thread make you an embarrassment to this forum. While players dedicate there lives and endure injuries and immense physical pain to compete to the best of their abilities giving every drop of their strength in an effort to win, you sit by your computer and call them pathetic. I know who is really pathetic and its not Dinara or Kimiko. Look in the mirror AnnaK4ever!!!!

SELVEN
May 25th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Kimiko,you great...

tennisforadults
May 25th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Arg.... I'm NOT calling her a dog.

Krumm will be a big under dog next match.

You did. If you did not, edit your post - coz it said 'dog', not 'underdog'.

Maybe if you know how to spell next time, you won't get a bad rep, and won't have to bitterly return it for no reason.

mure
May 25th, 2010, 02:29 PM
will the mods ever merge the threadds?It's annoying.

Bahu
May 25th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Safina out :help:

Kimiko :worship:

MechWarrior2k
May 25th, 2010, 02:29 PM
So her ranking will be now???

i think she has only Cincinatti final points to defend right?? Those other results were just ridiculous..

Also Wimbledon semi-final, USO 3rd round, Ordina Open SF

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 02:30 PM
Well, in your opinion.

:weirdo:
Of course, in my opinion, hence it is me who you quote.

I'm sure lots of other people will look up to Kimiko's performance as an inspiration, not an embarrassment.

I genuinely hope they won't, otherwise women's tennis that has already been in doldrums for several years stops being a sport once and for all.

Emiel Goelen
May 25th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Way to go Kimiko! :hearts:

I'm not a Safina fan but I do kinda feel sorry for her too...

ms. double fault
May 25th, 2010, 02:35 PM
:haha::haha::haha:

good win for kimiko though :yeah:

SAISAI-GOAT
May 25th, 2010, 02:38 PM
Frankly contributions like the ones you have in this thread make you an embarrassment to this forum. While players dedicate there lives and endure injuries and immense physical pain to compete to the best of their abilities giving every drop of their strength in an effort to win, you sit by your computer and call them pathetic. I know who is really pathetic and its not Dinara or Kimiko. Look in the mirror AnnaK4ever!!!!

:lol: :hearts: :bowdown:

olivero
May 25th, 2010, 02:38 PM
:spit: WHAT?!

Protoss
May 25th, 2010, 02:38 PM
Wow. What a stunner.

What a gutsy, courageous performance from Date Krumm. :)

Safina had only 1 winner from the start of the 2nd set to 4-1 3rd set when Date Krumm was then barely able to move.

aussie_fan
May 25th, 2010, 02:40 PM
You did. If you did not, edit your post - coz it said 'dog', not 'underdog'.




Dog means underdog, god some people are easily offended in this forum.

Daniel K
May 25th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Frankly contributions like the ones you have in this thread make you an embarrassment to this forum. While players dedicate there lives and endure injuries and immense physical pain to compete to the best of their abilities giving every drop of their strength in an effort to win, you sit by your computer and call them pathetic. I know who is really pathetic and its not Dinara or Kimiko. Look in the mirror AnnaK4ever!!!!

:) Well said.

Slutiana
May 25th, 2010, 02:40 PM
At the end of the day, the girl who was number one a year ago lost to a 40-year-old who could barely move. I know Safina has had a serious back injury, but her play today was just too despairing for words. She hit more DFs than winners, and she couldn't even keep the ball in play which was all she had to do to win. Whether this is the level we should now come to expect from her or if it's just the injury, I don't know. I hope it's the latter.
:happy:

markhingis
May 25th, 2010, 02:42 PM
what a difference a year makes...

DeliriousPotato
May 25th, 2010, 02:43 PM
:spit:

Oh well, at least things can't get worst for Safina

Slutiana
May 25th, 2010, 02:43 PM
Dog means underdog, god some people are easily offended in this forum.
:tape:

Maybe in Australia, but in the rest of the world dog (shockingly) means DOG.

hurricanejeanne
May 25th, 2010, 02:44 PM
When the draw came out I knew this matchup would be super dangerous for Dina considering her injury, so I wasn't going to tbe surprised if Kimiko won. But for her to hurt too and still have to come back from breaks in each set is crazy. Super congrats to the crafty veteran! :bigclap:

I feel terrible for Dina. She's a great player but her body is just giving up on her. I'm not convinced she's completely healed either. I hope she can somehow come back from this. :hug:

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Dog means underdog, god some people are easily offended in this forum.

Really?! Whats this then?!
http://www.gan.ca/images/hooks/dog.bmp

matty
May 25th, 2010, 02:46 PM
No, she can't retire on this note.

She has to redeem herself.

And why on earth would she retire--she's still quite young?

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 02:46 PM
:spit:

Oh well, at least things can't get worst for Safina

They can. At this rate Safina soon will have to rely on WC to get into Premier tournaments MDs.

Vanity Bonfire
May 25th, 2010, 02:48 PM
Really?! Whats this then?!
http://www.gan.ca/images/hooks/dog.bmp

It doesn't matter. God will surely strike Bronx19 down for all of his immoral gambling habits:kiss:

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 02:49 PM
It doesn't matter. God will surely strike Bronx19 down for all of his immoral gambling habits:kiss:

Probably. :lick:

Serenita
May 25th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Speechless.:o:o:o

Mlle Bruni
May 25th, 2010, 02:51 PM
God help Dina, please!!!

Aaric
May 25th, 2010, 02:52 PM
Omg Dinara :help:
Kimiko :hearts:

Mrs. Peel
May 25th, 2010, 02:55 PM
I hate missing the epic, dramatic matches! :fiery::rolleyes:

Dinara :o

I love that Date-Krumm won at 39! How awesome is that! :worship:

DevilishAttitude
May 25th, 2010, 02:56 PM
I saw most of the match..

Its true that this was an absolute car-crash from start to finish, but you couldn't quite turn yourself away from it..

Date-Krumm was absolutely hopeless for a set and a half. She actually could have come back quite comfortably in the 1st set but played a dreadful game at 5-3 and her FH volley miss at set point was shockingly awful. :help:

Then at 2-0 she managed to hold despite hitting about 10 errors, and this I think was a match swinger. If Safina had got that double break, Date would have faded quite comfortably probably. Safina had played reasonably consisently at that point, but lost any sort of aggression (Not that she been aggressive particularly anyway) & it became all about Date.

Safina's serve, yet again deserted her, and Date-Krumm finally managed to gain some sort of control and quite comfortably leveled after being 4-2 down.

I had to leave and only saw the 3rd from 4-1, Safina by this point was in a complete shell and serving 60mph serves, while Date-Krumm was finished physically. Safina played a horrendous service game at 4-1, and Date despite not moving won the game to love.

From then on, it was a question of if Date had just about enough in the tank, has she was dictating all the rallies, and despite clearly having next to no movement, Safina in such a state herself could only hit the ball in the middle of the court with little pace.

Date deserved it more than Safina in the end, she looked to do more with the ball.

I suppose its a nice story for her. :) But for Safina this is another loss which will see her be heavily criticised for. So much for the 1990's players meant to be unable to live in todays game. :lol:

silyaunWILLIAMS
May 25th, 2010, 03:01 PM
What ranking is Dina gonna be next week then?

VishaalMaria
May 25th, 2010, 03:04 PM
It seems to me with 63 UE's (a ridiculous amount), Kimiko (who incidentally still won) was ALWAYS in control of the match and so fully deserved to win. A brilliant fight, though she was probably fighting against herself, and I'm happy for her.

It's a shame of Dinara, the good thing about losing early is that next year you can make up the points and shoot back up the rankings again. Anyway, at this moment in time, she has more time to rest for Wimbledon and hopefully make a decent showing. Every player has this sort of "slump" in their careers, it's make or break and I hope Dinara "makes" by building, building, building into the player she once was.

Kitten63
May 25th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Dinara :sad::bigcry:

RenaSlam.
May 25th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Terrible, Dinara. Terrible.

Congrats to Kimiko, though! Great fight. Doesn't say much about the tour nowadays though.

Joe.
May 25th, 2010, 03:05 PM
This is just sad. :sad:

AnnaK_4ever
May 25th, 2010, 03:07 PM
To all crap tennis' apologists:
You really believe that tennis players who are paid millions $$$ for playing 20 weeks a year don't owe the spectators a good show? You really believe that when they come up with a crap piece of work they still shouldn't be crticised because "they tried"?
Tennis is their job, not their hobby. They are ridiculously good paid workers and if a worker consistently fails (s)he needs gets fired.

Reptilia
May 25th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Can't help but feel sorry for Dinara, thats gotta hurt

TennisFan66
May 25th, 2010, 03:17 PM
I don't know what to say. If to just :lol: or :bigcry: ... WD to Kimiko-san, but ..... for goodness sake Dinara.

carling
May 25th, 2010, 03:19 PM
While it's nearly impossible not to be happy for Kimiko, Dinara Safina is clearly a hot mess at this point. I feel so sorry for her.

Injury notwithstanding, Dinara is incredibly fit. In fact, I think she's approaching Hantchova-thin. The problem is her complete lack of confidence. Safina is just scared out there. You can see the fear in her face. She's lost all her aggresssion. Today, Dinara kept the ball in play and very rarely hits winners. Kimiko made a ton of errors, but she hit a lot of winners as well. She took it to Safina every step of the way and I give her full credit because she really should have lost this match.

I'm sure Dinara is crushed by this 1st round loss to a nearly 40 year old woman, but she doesn't play to win anymore. She plays not to lose. It's sad. Very sad.

Delfii
May 25th, 2010, 03:19 PM
Oh my luckily this defeat is worse than that of Vika's against Dulko :devil:

Great Kimiko :bounce:

Poor Dinara she deserves a kiss :kiss:

Kunal
May 25th, 2010, 03:19 PM
feel rather sad for safina

Halardfan
May 25th, 2010, 03:21 PM
Omedetto to Kimiko!

Aravanecaravan
May 25th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Frankly contributions like the ones you have in this thread make you an embarrassment to this forum. While players dedicate there lives and endure injuries and immense physical pain to compete to the best of their abilities giving every drop of their strength in an effort to win, you sit by your computer and call them pathetic. I know who is really pathetic and its not Dinara or Kimiko. Look in the mirror AnnaK4ever!!!!

Good call.

Most people can appreciate this kind of effort, regardless of whether either played anywhere near their capability. Having a back injury is awful. Hobbling on one leg can't be much fun either. Either could have quit and it would have been justified, but struggling to overcome the pain in the quest for victory makes both of these women admirable in my book.

It isn't just about aces and winners. The drama can be exciting to watch, too.

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 03:23 PM
To all crap tennis' apologists:
You really believe that tennis players who are paid millions $$$ for playing 20 weeks a year don't owe the spectators a good show? You really believe that when they come up with a crap piece of work they still shouldn't be crticised because "they tried"?
Tennis is their job, not their hobby. They are ridiculously good paid workers and if a worker consistently fails (s)he needs gets fired.

The audience cheered louder than at any match I have seen at RG this year. They obviously believe they got a good show. On top of that, Kimiko hit some absolute amazing winners too which had the crowd gasping. I really honestly don't think you have a clue what a sporting event is all about. I am only now beginning to see just what a sad individual you are, you are to be pitied AnnaK_4ever.

SAEKeithSerena
May 25th, 2010, 03:23 PM
Safina should have never come back until' she was fully ready, clearly, she isn't.

oh my gosh.

flyingmachine
May 25th, 2010, 03:23 PM
Wow Kimiko :eek:
Dinara :o

CrossCourt~Rally
May 25th, 2010, 03:24 PM
:woohoo: Another stellar comeback win for Kimiko :worship:

Dina :hug:

Just Do It
May 25th, 2010, 03:25 PM
Kimiko :bowdown:

Bijoux0021
May 25th, 2010, 03:29 PM
Dinara would not have lost this type of match a year ago. She's no longer the fighter she used to be. :hug:

narutos
May 25th, 2010, 03:29 PM
Top 20 after FO and probably top 50 after Wimbledon. Great.

olympus28
May 25th, 2010, 03:37 PM
Yes goodbye Safina ! I hope never hear about you anymore :p

Congrats Kimi :kiss:

goldenlox
May 25th, 2010, 03:52 PM
My view of this is that I worried that Dinara was coming back too soon and might play too much and re-injure her back. So if she leaves healthy, she can improve her game from today.


Here’s what Dinara Safina had to say after her defeat: “First I thought I was doing pretty good, but then I got tight and I lost the motion. I started to basically get tight and the serve started to make more double faults. Of course you want to win, and especially I saw her, she's cramping. Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1. And then I just… I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.”
She has also recently split with coach, long-time mentor and good mate of brother Marat Zeljko Krajan, and had only good things to say about the departed “Z”: “After Madrid I took a decision to stop. Definitely he did the best job than everybody could make with me. He brought me to No. 1 in the world. I mean, not him: together we came together to No. 1. But I decided that I wanted to stop, and that's it. I won't say anything. I don't want to comment anything else.”
Her final comments? “I will have to swallow this loss and keep on moving. I was in worse situations, and I mean, that's life. After rain, always sun comes. I will do my best.”

tennisbum79
May 25th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Here’s what Dinara Safina had to say after her defeat: “First I thought I was doing pretty good, but then I got tight and I lost the motion. I started to basically get tight and the serve started to make more double faults. Of course you want to win, and especially I saw her, she's cramping. Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1. And then I just… I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.”
NO mention of her back (or any illness), so I guess we are making too much of her health issues
But I am stunned that at this point in her career, she still doing things like "Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1. And then I just… I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.”
“After Madrid I took a decision to stop. Definitely he did the best job than everybody could make with me. He brought me to No. 1 in the world. I mean, not him: together we came together to No. 1. But I decided that I wanted to stop, and that's it. I won't say anything. I don't want to comment anything else.”
She is not willing to say why she stopped working the coach who brought her the best results.

I see reunion in the future if the new gig does not work out.

VIKA?
May 25th, 2010, 04:01 PM
:haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

Eduardo Oliveira
May 25th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Safina :hug: :sad:

jonny84
May 25th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Good win for Kimiko. :-D

Temperenka
May 25th, 2010, 04:04 PM
Kimiko :yeah: Truly a gutsy, inspirational performance! Even if she loses next round due to her injury, this was the best win of her comeback in my opinion. :worship:

Dinara :hug: :sad: She will eventually get match confidence back. It's really only a matter of time, hopefully.

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 04:05 PM
My view of this is that I worried that Dinara was coming back too soon and might play too much and re-injure her back. So if she leaves healthy, she can improve her game from today.


Here’s what Dinara Safina had to say after her defeat: “First I thought I was doing pretty good, but then I got tight and I lost the motion. I started to basically get tight and the serve started to make more double faults. Of course you want to win, and especially I saw her, she's cramping. Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1. And then I just… I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.”
She has also recently split with coach, long-time mentor and good mate of brother Marat Zeljko Krajan, and had only good things to say about the departed “Z”: “After Madrid I took a decision to stop. Definitely he did the best job than everybody could make with me. He brought me to No. 1 in the world. I mean, not him: together we came together to No. 1. But I decided that I wanted to stop, and that's it. I won't say anything. I don't want to comment anything else.”
Her final comments? “I will have to swallow this loss and keep on moving. I was in worse situations, and I mean, that's life. After rain, always sun comes. I will do my best.”

Thanks for that Goldenlox. That kind of confirms what my impressions of Dinara were watching the match. I didn't get the feeling that she was troubled by her back at all. But she did look very rusty and it was painfully clear she had played very little tennis the last few months and had not worked herself it any form at all. And her mind did look frazzled, like she could not think straight. I get a feeling there was something very emotional going on between her and Krajan and the last few weeks haven't just been hard on Dinara physically but emotionally too and above all Dinara looked emotionally spent today.

I suppose the good news for Dinara though is that it does seem her back is healing well and if this is the case she should be able to get herself back to play competitive tennis at some point probably this year, although I don't know when or if we will ever see her at the dizzy heights of world number 1 or even top 5 again.

gmak
May 25th, 2010, 04:06 PM
dear God :o :help: :sad:

Dinara is as stupid as Vika :(
don't get it

just f*ck off those points and come back ONLY when you're 100% healthy
why is it so difficult to understand? :shrug: :rolleyes:

at least she has time now...

DavidArchuleta
May 25th, 2010, 04:07 PM
well done kimi!

Poor pushfina

darkangel23
May 25th, 2010, 04:13 PM
Kimiko was the dictating player, she made the errors and the winners!

Dinara was just doing nothing...

sammy01
May 25th, 2010, 04:13 PM
i just love this result. so well done kimiko!

Drake1980
May 25th, 2010, 04:14 PM
:bounce:

Libertango
May 25th, 2010, 04:41 PM
OMG I wish I'd seen this! :sobbing:

I'm SO SO SO SO happy for Kimiko. Who cares how messy it was; she fought, never gave up, and came through. It's inspirational! WOW!

Kimiko :worship:

Dinara :hug:

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 04:47 PM
OMG I wish I'd seen this! :sobbing:

I'm SO SO SO SO happy for Kimiko. Who cares how messy it was; she fought, never gave up, and came through. It's inspirational! WOW!

Kimiko :worship:

Dinara :hug:

It was glorious. The moment Kimiko won was a beautiful thing and she hit so many amazing flashy winners. Very very aggressive flat hitting by Kimiko, a lot errors too but the winners more than made up for it. :)

Amazing to see little adorable Kimiko really taking it to and pretty much overpowering big strong Dinara.

Oermi
May 25th, 2010, 04:56 PM
:sobbing:

goldenlox
May 25th, 2010, 04:57 PM
3‑6, 6‑4, 7‑5
Q. Difficult defeat today? Can you tell us how you felt physically in the match?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, physically I was feeling better than her, I guess, because she was the one who first started to cramp.
But that's it.
Q. You were struggling with your serve. Is that part of your back problem?
DINARA SAFINA: One part, yeah, because I couldn't work on my serve for ‑‑ I mean, until I came here, basically. And the other part is ‑‑ first I thought I was doing pretty good, but then I lost ‑‑ I got tight and I lost the motion.
I started to basically just I got tight and the serve started to make more double faults.
Q. What did you know about Kimiko, your opponent, before the match? And second question is what do you think makes her tough to play?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, she's ‑‑ unfortunately, I never seen her play ‑‑ I knew how she's playing because I saw her practicing and something like this. It's tough to say.
First set I was pretty dominant. Second set I was up a break. Third set I was 4‑1 double break up. I should have close it in two sets. She plays aggressive. That's it. She takes the ball early. She plays little bit different. She plays pretty flat.
Q. So I know you haven't been playing that much, but why did you get tight, necessarily, when maybe your expectation was not to do so great here, given that you just came back to the tour?
DINARA SAFINA: I mean, of course you want to win, and especially I saw her, she's cramping. Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1.
And then I just ‑‑ I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.
At least I started to play a little bit better. I just immediately get tight.
Q. Was it because this tournament is so important to you, or just because you don't feel that comfortable yet because you're back on tour and you're not sure about your shots?
DINARA SAFINA: More because I didn't play much, you know. So, yeah. That's it.
Q. You separated with your coach, I hear. You want to talk a little bit about that? I know he was important to you.
DINARA SAFINA: Yeah. After Madrid I took a decision to stop. I mean, definitely he did the best job than everybody could make with me. He brought me to No. 1 in the world. I mean, not him. Together we came together to No. 1.
But I decided that I wanted to stop, and that's it. I won't say anything.
Q. Was it getting too intense or...
DINARA SAFINA: I don't want to comment anything else.
Q. Maybe another voice...
DINARA SAFINA: I don't want to comment more than this.
Q. So it's difficult for you today, but are you optimistic long‑term for your future?
DINARA SAFINA: Yeah. You know, I am for sure I will not give up. You know, I will have to swallow this loss and keep on moving. I mean, there is nothing more than this, you know.
I was in the worst situations, and I mean, that's life. After rain, always sun comes. I will do my best.
Q. Do you think can you get back to No. 1?
DINARA SAFINA: I don't want to think about this. First I would like to go, to start to play my game, and then I will think about the ranking.
If I start to play my game, the ranking will take care of itself.
Q. Talking about your new coach, are you going to work with Argentine Gastón Etlis? And if it's right, what do you expect about that?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, it's the first tournament. I mean, he's the fourth day here. So I don't know. I don't have ‑‑ I just want to ‑‑ there's not much to say. What can I say? We just met each other, so let's see after a while how it's gonna go.
I'm pretty happy, and that's the most important.
Q. How did you start your collaboration with him? How did you decide?
DINARA SAFINA: Well, after Madrid, Hernan Gumy was helping me a little bit. And he said like, Well, if you want to try, try with him. And that's how we ‑‑ because I had the coach from men's tour already, I wanted the coach from the female tour. So that's how we started.
Q. He was a double player, so does that mean something in your game in the future? I mean, especially to improve your attacks or...
DINARA SAFINA: I mean, if the guy understands, that's the most important thing. He was double player, swimmer, ballet dancer. But if he understand tennis, I mean, it doesn't matter.
On the female tour there is many who didn't even touch the racquet and they're coaches. But they just ‑‑ the person has to understand the game.

vwfan
May 25th, 2010, 05:02 PM
oh Dinara. :o

Olórin
May 25th, 2010, 05:03 PM
Disasterous.

Libertango
May 25th, 2010, 05:04 PM
Just saw the match point. Kimiko's tears made me well up. Tennis isn't just about winning big titles - it's about enjoying the moment and about riding that adrenalin and thriving. I think wins like this one today are exactly the reason Kimiko came back - and I'm sure not even she dared hope for this kind of win today, against last years finalist and someone as potentially dangerous/good as Safina. What a moment for her.

Sally Todd
May 25th, 2010, 05:30 PM
BRAVA KIMIKO!

I love watching her play, the way she takes the ball on the rise and redirects it, the mix of classicism and unorthodox style in her groundstrokes.

Kimiko had this win coming to her, too, after some tough three-set losses to high(er) ranked players at majors during her comeback.

As for Dinara, the weight of her shots on clay just isn't there the way it was last year or the year before.

Aaron.
May 25th, 2010, 05:35 PM
Wow unexpected :eek: and on clay :confused:

Jienus
May 25th, 2010, 05:39 PM
http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg39/Johnnsen/ClappingBear.gif

améliemomo
May 25th, 2010, 05:43 PM
this loss will hurt very much...

pica_pica
May 25th, 2010, 05:49 PM
F**king unbelievable!!! I caught the last few games and was so stunned! Congrats to the Japanese!!!

Albireo
May 25th, 2010, 05:52 PM
So does Safina still hate her fucking serve?

tennisbum79
May 25th, 2010, 05:52 PM
F**king unbelievable!!! I caught the last few games and was so stunned! Congrats to the Japanese!!!
I know you don't mean disrepect, it comes accorss that way.
Her name is Kimiko Date-Krum

Before she retired, she was known as Kimiko Date and di pretty well on the tour.

She is not just some random Japanese.

Navratil
May 25th, 2010, 05:59 PM
This is a historical result! I can't believe it. Why didn't they show more on Eurosport Int?

osseous
May 25th, 2010, 06:11 PM
Dinara. :bigcry:

rickxx
May 25th, 2010, 06:14 PM
Kimiko:worship::hearts:
She really really deserved this win.She played with an injury, but she kept fighting!Thanks God Sanowa lost, with this she'll be out of top 20!

Patrick345
May 25th, 2010, 06:15 PM
The audience cheered louder than at any match I have seen at RG this year. They obviously believe they got a good show. On top of that, Kimiko hit some absolute amazing winners too which had the crowd gasping. I really honestly don't think you have a clue what a sporting event is all about. I am only now beginning to see just what a sad individual you are, you are to be pitied AnnaK_4ever.

Amen.

edificio
May 25th, 2010, 06:16 PM
Well, I missed it. Sadly or luckily. But Dinara definitely lacks match play.

Patrick345
May 25th, 2010, 06:21 PM
NO mention of her back (or any illness), so I guess we are making too much of her health issues

Look at some people here, so if she truthfully said her back is still bothering her, everybody here would call her an excuse-making bitch, who lost to a grandma on one leg and needs to STFU. I was fairly obvious, that she couldn´t move properly, that she couldn´t generate any power or control on her serve or groundstrokes. Dinara looked awful.

massaraksh
May 25th, 2010, 06:39 PM
I love both players. Actually was glad Dinara lost, the way she played after 5-0 she needs more rest, and only after that more matches. serve is catastrophic.

and Kimiko is amazing, but she should've finished this match a bit earlier, expected better play from her. some strange decision making at times, but got the tactics spot on. it was a bit funny that she played better once she couldn't move
they're even discussing this win on MTF, so that is a historic win ;)

Acinolbaj
May 25th, 2010, 06:41 PM
:eek:

poulao
May 25th, 2010, 06:49 PM
It´s not unexpected at all. Well done Kimiko :)

daniela86
May 25th, 2010, 06:49 PM
I don t like Safina but it s sad to see her in such a :help::help: phase :sad:. Hope she comes back in shape this year.
Congrats Kimiko :)

edificio
May 25th, 2010, 06:52 PM
My view of this is that I worried that Dinara was coming back too soon and might play too much and re-injure her back. So if she leaves healthy, she can improve her game from today.


Here’s what Dinara Safina had to say after her defeat: “First I thought I was doing pretty good, but then I got tight and I lost the motion. I started to basically get tight and the serve started to make more double faults. Of course you want to win, and especially I saw her, she's cramping. Then I just started to look at her instead of thinking what I was doing until 4‑1. And then I just… I was more thinking about her than about myself, what I had to do. I lost the momentum.”
She has also recently split with coach, long-time mentor and good mate of brother Marat Zeljko Krajan, and had only good things to say about the departed “Z”: “After Madrid I took a decision to stop. Definitely he did the best job than everybody could make with me. He brought me to No. 1 in the world. I mean, not him: together we came together to No. 1. But I decided that I wanted to stop, and that's it. I won't say anything. I don't want to comment anything else.”
Her final comments? “I will have to swallow this loss and keep on moving. I was in worse situations, and I mean, that's life. After rain, always sun comes. I will do my best.”

She's like Marat in really putting it out there what she is feeling and her thoughts during the match. I really like that about her. She may have come back to soon, but things aren't all bad. The sun will come out...tomorrow! Bet your bottom dollar. :) Davai, Dinara!

*Jool*
May 25th, 2010, 06:55 PM
amazing from Kimiko :worship: it was truly inspiring to watch her go on depsite the injury !!

as far as Safina is concerned... :help: I was amazed by her mistakes at the end of the match (watch it from 4-1 in the third)

Fantasy Hero
May 25th, 2010, 07:01 PM
i'm so sorry for Dina...that's such a bad moment for her and i can understand the way she's feeling, struggling with an injury after having been at the top it's such a bad thig :hug:

on the other hand i'm really happy for kimiko :lol:

Calypso
May 25th, 2010, 07:02 PM
Wow, congs Kimiko!

kman
May 25th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Words cannt descibe this... Kimiko is one of the most inspirational people to ever play. 99% of the tour would have given up being 4-1 down and injured in the third set, not Kimiko. Seriously one of the most amazing matches Ive ever seen, purely in drama terms.

Words cannot decirbe Safinas play nor her attitude.

Wozniacki-Zvonareva DOHA ring a bell?

But of coruse when it's Wozniacki, she's just a drama queen etc.



Either way, good job Kimiko :lol:

Ferg
May 25th, 2010, 07:05 PM
Wozniacki-Zvonareva DOHA ring a bell?

But of coruse when it's Wozniacki, she's just a drama queen etc.



Either way, good job Kimiko :lol:

That was a funny match.

drgray
May 25th, 2010, 07:06 PM
Nice job Kimiko!! Sorry it had to end that way for Dinara...

Shvedbarilescu
May 25th, 2010, 07:08 PM
Wozniacki-Zvonareva DOHA ring a bell?

But of coruse when it's Wozniacki, she's just a drama queen etc.



Either way, good job Kimiko :lol:

I'm with Ferg here. No disrespect meant to Wozniacki, sure Wozniacki has a lot of heart, but you simply can't compare her to someone as truly inspiring as Date-Krumm. Get back to me when (or if) Wozniacki is beating top ten players in Grand Slams at 39 years old.

Slutiana
May 25th, 2010, 07:16 PM
Wozniacki-Zvonareva DOHA ring a bell?

But of coruse when it's Wozniacki, she's just a drama queen etc.



Either way, good job Kimiko :lol:
Oh, you're back. :rolleyes: That's because Kimiko was ACTUALLY injured and couldn't move.

Now leave again.

Sander.
May 25th, 2010, 07:19 PM
Dinara, how could this happen? :tape:

Kimiko, what a win! :worship: