Glass Half-Full (of Chocolate Vodka)
Posted by gauloises1 on April 27, 2010
Which does exist, and it’s disgusting. Anyway, ahead of her return to the courts in Stuttgart this week after being absent since the Australian Open with a recurring back injury (a double stress fracture and a ruptured muscle), Dinara Safina revealed that she’s frightened that the injury, if exacerbated, could mean the end of her career:
“My physio is here and I really want to take it step by step. I only started playing on court again on April 3.
“Everybody, including my brother Marat (Safin), told me to take my time but it was really difficult because I wanted to come back on court so badly.
“Right now I feel safe and comfortable, but I need to watch closely that it stays that way.
“My back injury is the worst you can get, because if things go wrong again, that might be it for my professional career altogether.” [...]
“There is no way that you can go easy on a lower back injury,” she added.
“With a broken arm or leg, you can rest it, but with your back it is almost impossible.”
Cheery stuff. However, this being Dinara, there’s an upside:
It has made me realise how much I love tennis.
“I just want to get back on court. Regarding things like rankings, titles, defending points – who really cares?”
Could we really see a new, live-for-the-moment, life-affirming Dinara, playing without a crushing weight of pressure visibly dragging her shoulders down?
No. But it’s amusing to imagine it.