Dinara Safina

  • Injury-plagued former world number one Dinara Safina retires May 12, 2014

    Former world number one Dinara Safina, whose career was wrecked by a series of back injuries, formally announced her retirement in a ceremony at the Madrid Open on Sunday. The 28-year-old Russian, the younger sister of former men's number one Marat Safin, won 12 singles titles including Madrid and reached three...
  • World No 1 Safina retires injured against Jankovic October 29, 2009

    Doha: World number one Dinara Safina was forced to quit in her opening round-robin match against Jelena Jankovic at the WTA Championsips on Wednesday, walking off in tears with a back injury at 1-1 in the first set. Safina, who arrived in Doha with a slender lead over Serena Williams in...
  • Serena clinches year-end world number one spot October 29, 2009

    dOHA: Serena Williams rarely backs down in a scrap but she was spared a fight for the honour of ending the year as world number one on Wednesday when her rival Dinara Safina quit the WTA Championships with injury. The 28-year-old American was guaranteed finishing top for the first time since...
  • Serena wins opener but Dementieva stuns Venus October 28, 2009

    Doha: Serena Williams stayed on course to end the year as world number one when she beat Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6, 7-5 on the opening day of the WTA Championships after sister Venus suffered a shock defeat. Second-ranked Serena, who must better Dinara Safina's performance at WTA to snatch the No.1...
  • Oudin shocks Dementieva, Jankovic also falls September 4, 2009

    New York: Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic were left punched-out, breathless wrecks after their US Open dreams were dashed in the second round on Thursday by a pair of young opportunists. On a day when top seed Dinara Safina was again lucky to survive, teenager Melanie Oudin was hailed as the...
  • Safina struggles, other top seeds advance easily September 2, 2009

    New York: The Russian contingent of potential US Open champions nearly lost its kingpin when top seed Dinara Safina had to dig out of a third-set quandary to avoid the humiliation of a first-round exit on Tuesday. Safina, the world's top-ranked player, produced 48 unforced errors and 11 double faults before...
  • Jankovic beats Safina, pockets Cincinnati Open title August 17, 2009

    Mason: Jelena Jankovic beat top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Cincinnati Open and put herself back among the contenders for the US Open title. "My smile is back and I'm having fun playing the matches," the Serbian player said. "This is what I missed. I missed this...
  • Safina to play rejuvenated Jankovic in Cincinnati final August 16, 2009

    Cincinnati: World number one Dinara Safina will take on a rejuvenated Jelena Jankovic in the final of the Cincinnati Open after hugely contrasting wins on Saturday. Russian Safina stormed into her eighth final of the year with a 6-2 6-0 demolition of Italian Flavia Pennetta, while fifth seed Jankovic...
  • Venus, Serena set up all-Williams final at Wimbledon May 19, 2011

    London: Venus Williams will play her sister Serena in Saturday's Wimbledon final after a crushing 6-1, 6-0 victory over top seed Dinara Safina of Russia on Thursday. Venus's place in an eighth final, and fourth against her sister, was never in doubt as the Russian failed to come to terms with...
  • Venus to face Safina in Wimbledon semi-final June 30, 2009

    London: Third seed Venus Williams stayed resolutely on course for a third successive Wimbledon title with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in their quarter-final on Tuesday. Venus, seeking her sixth career title here, has not lost a set at Wimbledon since the 2007 third round and the 11th...
  • Safina downs Mauresmo, Hewitt wins epic marathon June 30, 2009

    London: Top seed Dinara Safina needed all her battling qualities to beat former champion Amelie Mauresmo 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 under the closed Centre Court roof in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday. Safina, the world's top ranked player who still awaits a Grand Slam title, found it difficult to impose...
  • Kuznetsova wins French Open women's singles title June 6, 2009

    Paris: Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second Grand Slam title when she outplayed fellow Russian and world No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 in the French Open final on Saturday. The seventh-seeded Kuznetsova, US Open champion in 2004, dictated the points consistently and prevailed after 74 minutes on Centre Court to deny...
  • Safina storms into French Open final June 5, 2009

    New Delhi: World No. 1 Dinara Safina moved one step closer to a maiden Grand Slam title on Thursday as she reached the French Open final with a 6-3, 6-3 error-strewn victory over Slovak Dominika Cibulkova. The Russian, a finalist at Roland Garros last year, needed one hour 41 minutes...
  • Safina survives tough test, Jankovic knocked out June 3, 2009

    Paris: World No. 1 Dinara Safina came from behind to survive her first real test at the French Open on Tuesday, reaching the semi-finals after beating feisty Belarussian teenager Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Russian, who had dropped only five games in her first four matches, more than doubled that...
  • Top seed Safina into third round of French Open May 27, 2009

    Paris: Dinara Safina rolled past another opponent on Wednesday at the French Open, this time beating Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in the second round. The top-seeded Safina took a 5-0 lead to open the match, stretching her streak to 17 straight games after winning 6-0, 6-0 in the first...
  • Nadal, Federer and Safina sparkle in Paris May 26, 2009

    Paris: World No. 1s Rafael Nadal and Dinara Safina dazzled their opponents in the Parisian sun on Monday to blaze into the second round of the French Open. Brazil's Marcos Daniel fought valiantly for almost 2-1/2 hours before suffering the same fate as four-times champion Nadal's previous 28 opponents at the...
  • Safina replaces Serena as No. 1 in WTA rankings April 9, 2009

    Miami: Russia's Dinara Safina will replace Serena Williams as world No. 1 in the WTA's next official rankings, the organisation said on Wednesday. Safina, who has yet to win a Grand Slam event, has risen up the rankings thanks to four WTA singles titles in the past year -- at Montreal,...
  • Serena wins Australian Open women's singles title January 31, 2009

    Melbourne: Serena Williams routed Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 on Saturday to win the Australian Open - her 10th Grand Slam title - and return to the No. 1 ranking. It was total domination for second-seeded Serena, who looked at ease in winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles and was moving fluidly on...
  • Serena-Dinara final no cakewalk for either January 31, 2009

    New Delhi: It should be a no contest. In one corner is a multiple grand slam champion who has won the Australian Open thrice already. On the other hand is a 22-year-old Russian having reached the finals of a grand slam for only the second time - so most people...
  • Safina, Williams to fight for Melbourne title and top spot January 30, 2009

    Melbourne: Serena Williams will bid for her tenth Grand Slam title to mark a decade of play at the Australian Open when she faces Dinara Safina in the Saturday final. Second seed Williams, who has won here during odd-numbered years dating to 2003, is going after her fourth at the venue. The...
  • Serena, Safina into Oz Open final, Yuki into semis January 29, 2009

    Melbourne: In the Junior Singles, Boys' Quarter Finals at the Australian Open, India's Yuki Bhambri defeated Richard Becker of Germany with a score of 6-1, 7-5. In Men's Doubles Semi Finals, India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas defeated Lukasz Kubot, Poland, and Oliver Marach, Austria, 6-3, 6-1. US tennis...
  • Federer, Safina reach Australian Open quarters January 26, 2009

    Melbourne: A roar of relief marked Roger Federer's comeback from two sets down at the Australian Open on Sunday while women's world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic was mute and ineffectual in a fourth-round defeat. Swiss Federer dug himself out of deep trouble against Czech Tomas Berdych, prevailing 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4,...
  • Safina throws down challenge to elder brother January 23, 2009

    Melbourne: Third seed Dinara Safina threw down the gauntlet to her elder brother Marat Safin by breaking her Australian Open third round jinx on Friday. Safina opened the day's third round play on Rod Laver Arena -- her brother will end it against Roger Federer -- with an effortless 6-2, 6-2...
  • Dementieva crushes Serena, meets Safina in final January 15, 2009

    Sydney: Elena Dementieva overpowered a weary Serena Williams 6-3, 6-1 at the Sydney International on Thursday to set up an all-Russian final against Dinara Safina. Dementieva cruised to victory against the American, who ran out of steam after a gruelling run to the last four in which she had saved seven...
  • Venus routs Safina, enter semis in Stuttgart October 4, 2008

    Berlin: Venus Williams overwhelmed third-seeded Russian Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Friday. The sixth-seeded American was too strong and consistent for Safina, making just eight unforced errors in a high-quality match that took just one hour 16 minutes. Venus will go on to...
  • Jankovic to meet Serena in US Open title clash September 8, 2008

    New York: Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams each had one eye on the weather as they booked their places in the US Open women's final with efficient victories in blustery conditions on Friday. With a storm front expected to hit Flushing Meadows later in the day, Serb Jankovic relied on her...
  • All women's semi-finalists in line for No. 1 rank September 5, 2008

    New York: Women's semi-finals day will have added spice to it at the US Open on Friday with the carrot of the No.1 ranking looming large over the four remaining protagonists. American Serena Williams, Russians Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva and Serbian Jelena Jankovic can all replace another Serbian, Ana Ivanovic,...
  • US Open: Safina happy to be villain in last four September 4, 2008

    New York: Two days after crying with exhaustion, an energised Dinara Safina stormed into the US Open semi-finals for the first time and promised she would have no trouble being the villain against any opponent. The Russian sixth seed, runner-up at the French Open and the Beijing Olympics, outclassed 16th-seeded Italian...
  • Dementieva leads Russian podium sweep August 18, 2008

    Beijing: Elena Dementieva won a combustible final against Dinara Safina to head a Russian one-two-three in the Olympic women's singles on Sunday. The world number seven recovered from an error-strewn first set to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, making up for her disappointment in losing the 2000 final to Venus Williams. Dementieva clenched...
  • Russia's Safina stops Chinese giant-killer Li August 16, 2008

    Beijing: Chinese star Li Na's giant-killing run was brought shuddering to a halt by in-form Russian Dinara Safina in the Olympic Games semi-finals on Saturday. Safina braved a partisan crowd to oust Li 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 and set up an all-Russian final with 2000 silver-medallist Elena Dementieva who beat compatriot Vera...