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Women’s R16 Set At Indian Wells

Posted by gauloises1 on March 15, 2011

Since I missed yesterday due to having to do some actual work, let’s take a quick look at the fourth-round match-ups for the women at Indian Wells, now that the third round’s been completed.

(1) Caroline Wozniacki v. (22) Alisa Kleybanova

H2H: 2-0

The world no. 1 is cruising so far in this tournament, taking out former bugbear Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets on her fourth attempt so far. Kleybanova has had a slightly tougher road but has been equally unruffled, with straight sets victories over Agnes Szavay and, last night, thirteenth seed Flavia Pennetta. Looking at the draw, if Wozniacki is going to be beaten before the semi-finals, it’s going to be here. Best of luck with that, Kleybs.

(9) Agnieszka Radwanska v. (8) Victoria Azarenka

H2H: 2 – 4

Christ on a bike, I love this match-up. Two of my favourite players with plenty of history – two great and very different games – two of the more enigmatic and spiky personalities on tour. Which just makes it all the more frustrating that it’s on court 7 for reasons unknown and therefore won’t be streamed. But OK. Radwanska toiled in her last match against Maria Kirilenko, finally winning 75 in the third after the Russian recovered from a first-set bagel, while Azarenka posted a straight sets victory over Urszula Radwanska, her opponent’s little sis. Game. On.

Dinara Safina v. (16) Maria Sharapova

H2H: 3-3

Seriously, someone is doing this on purpose. Two contemporaries who have been playing each other since 2004, the only two Russians who have ever been ranked no. 1, and both struggling back from injuries that have decimated their careers (to different extents, I grant you, but still). Sharapova had a good win over Rezai yesterday, but who really thought Dinara would be here?! She beat the fourth seed Stosur last night in straight sets, a match that I didn’t watch but C Note did, and apparently while Stosur was fairly woeful, Dinara was brilliant. Remember when she was good? I mean, really good? That might be happening again. I’m so excited.

Not to worry though, she’s still Dinara.

(18) Nadia Petrova v. Peng Shuai

H2H: 2-1

I keep telling people how much Peng Shuai has improved (OK, it might be Shuai Peng), but will anyone listen? She backed up her defeat of Li Na by beating Lucie Hradecka, who took out Alexandra Dulgheru in the previous round. It did take her three sets, but then it took Nadia three sets to beat American wildcard Christina McHale. I think Peng’s going to win this one.

(5) Francesca Schiavone v. (10) Shahar Peer

H2H: 1-3

Another really great match-up. Schiavone has definitely had an easier time of it so far, beating Zuzana Ondraskova and Alize Cornet in straight sets, but from what I’ve seen her performances have been a bit erratic. Peer has had to go three sets with two tough opponents, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, but she’s beaten Schiavone every time they’ve played on hard courts. Fun times.

(23) Yanina Wickmayer v. (25) Dominika Cibulkova

H2H: 1-2

Sorry for the pictures, for some reason these ladies haven’t been photographed much. Anyway. Cibulkova of course has scored arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, defeating third seed Vera Zvonareva 46 76(4) 64, and has consequently been rewarded with angry mama and personal fave of mine Yanina Wickmayer, who put paid to the hopes of whipping girl Melanie Oudin and then took out fourteenth seed Kaia Kanepi. Happy days.

(6) Jelena Jankovic v. (19) Ana Ivanovic

H2H: 3-6

Whichever tennis god is doing this, I’m converting. No love lost between these Serbian former no. 1s who are both engaged in struggling out of prolonged and intermittent slumps. JJ has had a smooth ride so far against Coco Vanderweghe and Julia Goerges, and while I haven’t watched Ana’s matches, straight set wins over Date-Krumm and Zahlalova Strycova are a bit more impressive. So evidence would suggest she’s the form player so far – but then, as anyone who remembers the absolutely hilarious horror show that was their last match in Madrid will attest, reason and logic doesn’t always come into it with these girls.

(15) Marion Bartoli v. (2) Kim Clijsters

H2H: 0-3


Rather a tough ask for Marion, you might think, given that Kim has beaten her all three times they played. But then Kim looked pretty dreadful in her match against Sara Errani, taking three sets to subdue the Italian with a serve and forehand misfiring all over the place, while Bartoli beat a tough opponent in Andrea Petkovic in straight sets last round. So maybe it’s the Frenchwoman’s moment. Allez, I say.

And that is your WTA round of sixteen at Indian Wells. Put bluntly, if you’re not having fun with this, then you’re not paying attention.

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Indian Wells: Giant Russian Baby Steps

Posted by gauloises1 on March 13, 2011

Congratulations to Dinara Safina, who beat 26th seed Daniela Hantuchova 76(2) 64 tonight in Indian Wells. It’s the first time she’s had back-to-back wins since Seoul last year. It’s especially poignant as she reportedly admitted after the match that she seriously considered retiring from tennis in February before her mother talked her out of it. Thank god she didn’t.

Beat that with a stick.

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Indian Wells: He Won, He Won (and so did some other people)

Posted by gauloises1 on March 11, 2011

And so the bafflingly invisible-to-the-civilised-world tournament has kicked off in earnest. You can tell, bevause JMDP has played and won, beating Steps for the first time, 64 60.

Afterwards, he said the sort of things he says:

“I played better than him,” Del Potro said after his first win over Stepanek in three tries. “I take all my opportunities, especially in the second set, and was very focused on my serve.”

Del Potro said he injured the wrist in his previous match with Stepanek in the fall of 2009. He had surgery in May.

He was out eight months following the surgery and his ranking tumbled from No. 5 in 2009 to No. 257 at the end of 2010. He is No. 90 now, and not sure how close he is to being fully recovered.

“I was out a year, a long time,” he said. “Maybe I had my best form today. I can improve my game, everything, my serve and my approaches. I don’t know if I can play better or not, but I know the way to improve day by day. It’s a long road to be in the top players again. It’s very tough to play good tennis after a year out of competition, but I’m trying.”


Maybe Nike should make him a T-shirt that says, ‘Still Trying. STOP ASKING.’ Anyway, interesting that he identified the Paris match with Stepanek (I’m assuming) as the one that incurred the original injury. I thought he had it before then, what with losing to Roger-Vasselin and retiring against Melzer, but apparently not.

In people-who-aren’t-Delpo news, we lost two incipient favourites of mine, curly Robin Haase (to Rainer ‘stop waiting for me to retire, that’s never going to happen’ Schuettler) and Rebecca Marino, who lost in three sets to Ekaterina Makarova.

But we did see rare wins for Donald Young, Agnes Szavay, Urszula Radwanska and Dinara Safina, who beat Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Fuck yeah.


Singles – First Round
[Q] R de Voest (RSA) d P Riba (ESP) 64 ret. (groin pain)
[Q] R Sweeting (USA) d M Granollers (ESP) 64 61
[Q] S Devvarman (IND) d A Mannarino (FRA) 62 63
X Malisse (BEL) d [Q] F Cipolla (ITA) 61 64
[Q] M Russell (USA) d K Anderson (RSA) 67(4) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d D Istomin (UZB) 26 75 75
R Schuettler (GER) d R Haase (NED) 76(4) 75
I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(2) 67(3) 62
M Berrer (GER) d B Phau (GER) 64 46 64
[Q] T Smyczek (USA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 26 63 62
V Hanescu (ROU) d A Seppi (ITA) 46 76(5) 63
J Del Potro (ARG) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 60
[WC] R Berankis (LTU) d [Q] A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) 16 63 64
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Kamke (GER) 62 60
M Zverev (GER) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 63
[Q] D Young (USA) d P Starace (ITA) 26 63 63


Singles – First Round
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Renata Voracova (CZE) 75 61
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (Q) Rebecca Marino (CAN) 64 46 64
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (WC) Jill Craybas (USA) 63 63
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. (Q) Misaki Doi (JPN) 76(0) 61
Simona Halep (ROU) d. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 06 62 64
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 75 62
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 61 61
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 62
Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 63
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 36 64 76(6)
(Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 62 26 76(4)
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 76(6) 62
(Q) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) d. Angelique Kerber (GER) 62 61
(WC) Christina McHale (USA) d. Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 63 61
(WC) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 62 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Niculescu/Rodionova (ROU/AUS) 76(4) 63
(4) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (WC) Kuznetsova/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) 62 63
(8) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Kleybanova/Yan (RUS/CHN) 61 62
Hantuchova/Radwanska (SVK/POL) d. Peer/Peng (ISR/CHN) 76(3) 63
Mirza/Vesnina (IND/RUS) d. Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 64 61
Schiavone/Stosur (ITA/AUS) d. Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 76(2) 26 105


Stadium 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Coco Vandeweghe
2. ATP: M.López/Nadal vs. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski
3. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Kim Clijsters
4. ATP: Federer/Wawrinka vs. Mirnyi/Nestor
5. ATP: James Blake vs. Chris Guccione (NB 19.00 hrs)
6. Ana Ivanovic vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm

Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Raonic vs. Ilhan
2. Timea Bacsinszky vs. Vera Zvonareva
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Zuzana Ondraskova
4. ATP: Djokovic/Troicki vs. Chela/Monaco
5. ATP: Melo/Soares vs. Murray/Murray
6. ATP: Hewitt vs. Lu

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Harrison vs. Chardy
2. Melanie Oudin vs. Yanina Wickmayer
3. ATP: Andreev vs. Nishikori
4. Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. Shahar Peer
5. ATP: Isner/Querrey vs. Llodra/Zimonjic
6. ATP: Davydenko vs. Fognini

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Anastasija Sevastova
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Monica Niculescu
3. ATP: Bopanna vs. Tomic
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Sania Mirza
5. Lucie Safarova vs. Andrea Petkovic

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
2. ATP: de Bakker vs. Becker
3. ATP: Kukushkin vs. Kubot
4. Chuang/Dulgheru vs. Hampton/Oudin (after suitable rest)
5. Kaia Kanepi vs. Gisela Dulko

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova vs. Petra Kvitova
2. ATP: Gabashvili vs. Serra
3. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Martínez Sánchez/Medina Garrigues (after suitable rest)
4. Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja vs. Azarenka/Kirilenko
5. ATP: Berdych/Tipsarevic vs. Dolgopolov/Malisse
6. Jans/Rosolska vs. Peschke/Srebotnik

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cuevas vs. Andújar
2. ATP: Giraldo vs. Gimeno-Traver
3. ATP: Benneteau vs. F.López
4. ATP: Meltzer/Petzschner vs. Almagro/Ferrer
5. Sybille Bammer vs. Julia Goerges
6. ATP: Benneteau/Gasquet vs. Anderson/Kohlschreiber

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Ramírez Hidalgo vs. Mello
2. ATP: Petzschner vs. Brown
3. Jarmila Groth vs. Sara Errani
4. Huber/Petrova vs. Hercog/Hsieh
5. ATP: Mayer vs. Golubev

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Fed Cup Results: Italy, Russia, Czech Republic & Belgium Kick Ass

Posted by gauloises1 on February 7, 2011

Italy 4 – Australia 1

Jarmila Groth d. Francesca Schiavone, 67(4) 63 63
Flavia Pennetta d. Samantha Stosur, 76(5) 67(5) 64
Francesca Schiavone d. Samantha Stosur, 76(1) 36 75
Flavia Pennetta d. Jarmila Groth, 63 62
Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci d. Anastasia Rodionova / Rennae Stubbs, 26 76(1) 64

Woe for the home side in Hobart as Italy, once again, are just Too Good. Do you really think they’ll lose at all this year? After Jarka Groth’s surprise win over Francesca Schiavone in the first rubber, it was all downhill from there; Sam Stosur’s career writ large as she allowed winnable matches over first Pennetta and then Schiavone to slip away in a series of poor tiebreaks and timidity at crucial moments.

As for the Italians, Pennetta kept the tie rolling and was the backbone of the team, while Schiavone – visibly still suffering the after-effects of her Australian Open run – came up with some inspired play  to see off Stosur in the crucial third rubber.

Warriors. Then Rennae Stubbs bade farewell to Fed Cup. There were tears and a plastic kangaroo.

See you in the commentary box.

Russia 3 – France 2

Alize Cornet d. Svetlana Kuznetsova, 36 63 64
Virginie Razzano d. Maria Sharapova, 63 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Alize Cornet, 36 63 62
Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Virginie Razzano, 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova / Svetlana Kuznetsova d. Julie Coin / Alize Cornet, 76(4) 60

Oh, Alize Cornet. What a rollercoaster you are. After slumping horrifically following some agonizing Fed Cup losses, you finally win your first ever live rubber – against Kuznetsova, no less – and go a set up against Pavlyuchenkova, on the brink of victory for your country. Then …

Pavlyuchenkova, subbed in for a possibly-injured, definitely-quite-useless Maria Sharapova, comes back and wins the match, letting Kuznetsova tie it up over Razzano. And then to add insult to insult, they pair up to win the tie in the doubles against … Alize Cornet.

Conclusion: never count on Alize Cornet, Pavs kicks Fed Cup ass, Sharapova’s still on the rocks, and Sveta is god.

Slovak Republic 2 – Czech Republic 3

Quite the performance from team dead-eyed lefty weapons of mass destruction, as I like to think of them. Between them, Safarova and Kvitova demolished Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (twice) to take an unassailable 3-0 lead with more than a touch of WHAM! SPLAT! KABLAMMO! about it – and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Both were brilliant, so we can forgive them for letting the dead rubbers slide. Slovakia were simply outgunned.




Also, their kits are dead pretty.

Belgium 4 – USA 1

Yanina Wickmayer d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 61 76(6)
Kim Clijsters d. Melanie Oudin, 60 64
Kim Clijsters d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 67(10) 62 61
Yanina Wickmayer d. Melanie Oudin, 62 60
Liezel Huber / Vania King d. Kirsten Flipkens / An-Sophie Mestach, 63 75

We don’t really need to go into it, do we?

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Dinara Dumps Her Coach. Again.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 25, 2011

Dinara Safina has announced that she’s no longer working with Gaston Etlis of Argentina. They hooked up in May of last year, and we all know how things have gone since then.

Hint: not that well.

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RG Day Three: So, Yeah

Posted by gauloises1 on May 26, 2010

Just checking out what I missed while I did things yesterday (working, drinking and buying bosom-accenting clothes for Queens, if you must know.)

David won in straight sets. However, based on the photos, his shirt did not fly up nearly enough. Must try harder, David.

Old guys winning and flashing a bit of bellyflesh. That’s the stuff.

Every so often I remember Daniela Hantuchova exists. Then I forget again.


Andy Roddick and Jarkko Nieminen went five sets before Roddick emerged victorious. Despite being on tour together since the year dot, this was their first ATP match. I hear a rumour that Nieminen beat Roddick like 60 63 or something during RG juniors, but I can’t be bothered to look it up right now. What am I, the fact girl? Leave me alone, I’ve got a headache.

Am I still drunk, or does this work a bit?

Hi, Gianni Mina!

Bye, Gianni Mina!

Don’t even get me started on this one.


Singles – First Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d G Mina (FRA) 62 62 62
[6] A Roddick (USA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 46 46 76(4) 63
[7] F Verdasco (ESP) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 64 62 62
[9] D Ferrer (ESP) d D Guez (FRA) 61 63 61
[16] J Ferrero (ESP) d P Cuevas (URU) 64 63 61
R Ginepri (USA) d [18] S Querrey (USA) 46 76(3) 64 62
[22] J Melzer (AUT) d D Sela (ISR) 75 62 64
G Zemlja (SLO) d [26] J Monaco (ARG) 76(6) 36 75 63
[28] L Hewitt (AUS) d J Chardy (FRA) 75 60 64
[30] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d K Beck (SVK) 76(7) 61 61
N Mahut (FRA) d M Zverev (GER) 61 62 64
P Riba (ESP) d M Gicquel (FRA) 63 62 76(5)
A Seppi (ITA) d S Ventura (ESP) 75 64 75
B Kavcic (SLO) d E Schwank (ARG) 36 63 75 40 ret. (heat stroke)
D Istomin (UZB) d B Becker (GER) 75 75 63
F Serra (FRA) d M Russell (USA) 64 60 61
T Gabashvili (RUS) d D Koellerer (AUT) 62 62 61
H Zeballos (ARG) d M Fischer (AUT) 76(6) 67(8) 16 64 86
P Starace (ITA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 67(5) 61 63 63
X Malisse (BEL) vs S Greul (GER) – To Finish 64 76(7) 1-1


Singles – First Round
Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. (9) Dinara Safina (RUS) 36 64 75
(12) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 63 62
(13) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 62 63
(16) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 61 61
(18) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 61 64
(21) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 63 61
(22) Justine Henin (BEL) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 63
(23) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 61 61
(25) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) 75 64
(29) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 64 62
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 76(9) 61
Sybille Bammer (AUT) d. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 60 61
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 61 64
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) 76(3) 46 62
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 62
Jill Craybas (USA) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 60 46 62
(Q) Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) d. Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 64 63
(LL) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) d. Vania King (USA) 62 62
(WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 62 63
(WC) Olivia Sanchez (FRA) d. Shenay Perry (USA) 76(4) 60

Doubles – First Round
(1) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. Flipkens/Tanasugarn (BEL/THA) 60 61
(3) Huber/Medina Garrigues (USA/ESP) d. Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 26 61 64
(4) Petrova/Stosur (RUS/AUS) d. Pavlovic/Thorpe (FRA/FRA) 64 64
(5) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) 61 63
(6) Black/Vesnina (ZIM/RUS) d. Ruano Pascual/Shaughnessy (ESP/USA) 46 63 63
(8) Kleybanova/Schiavone (RUS/ITA) d. Beltrame/Fedossova (FRA/FRA) 60 62
(9) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) 63 63
(11) Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Chang/Rybarikova (TPE/SVK) 61 61
(15) Govortsova/Kudryavtseva (BLR/RUS) d. Cirstea/Razzano (ROU/FRA) 62 62
Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) d. Gullickson/Hercog (USA/SLO) 63 62
Azarenka/Zvonareva (BLR/RUS) d. Czink/Parra Santonja (HUN/ESP) 61 63
Hantuchova/Wozniacki (SVK/DEN) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 75 76(8)
Cornet/Rezai (FRA/FRA) d. Grandin/Spears (RSA/USA) 63 46 62
Safarova/Wozniak (CZE/CAN) d. Arvidsson/Kerber (SWE/GER) 62 75
Cibulkova/Goerges (SVK/GER) d. Cohen-Aloro/Parmentier (FRA/FRA) 36 62 61
Kondratieva/Uhlirova (RUS/CZE) d. Dzehalevich/Voracova (BLR/CZE) 64 62
Kvitova/Voegele (CZE/SUI) d. Daniilidou/Hsieh (GER/TPE) 75 76(1)
Kulikova/Sevastova (RUS/LAT) d. Jans/Schnyder (POL/SUI) 67(4) 64 63

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Stuttgart: And She’s Back In The Game!

Posted by gauloises1 on April 30, 2010

Dinara Safina played her first match today since the Australian Open, a 76(5) 36 60 victory over Agnes Szavay.

Seems like old times …

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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.

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Stuttgart: Big Kids II

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2010

Apparently the ladies were feeling left out.

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UPDATED: The Withdrawal Method: Dinara Out of IW, Hip Surgery for Haas

Posted by gauloises1 on March 2, 2010

Dinara Safina has confirmed on her official website that she won’t be playing Indian Wells this year. Still bedevilled with that back injury. Combined with Serena’s absence, this will leave Svetlana Kuznetsova as the no. 1 seed.


Also in the wars is Tommy Haas, newly of the U.S.A, who had hip surgery in Colorado on Friday. Honestly, there can’t be that many players who have had more persistent bad luck with their health than Tommy. And Sania Mirza is out for six weeks with a recurrence of that plaguey wrist injury.

Somewhat ironically, Mario Ancic is playing Indian Wells, unless he somehow trips over and injures himself between now and then. And it’s not like that’s going to happen, right?


By the way, is reporting rumours that Roger Federer won’t be playing in Indian Wells either. We’ll see.

EDIT: Federer just posted the following on his Facebook page

I am feeling really good again and I was happy to hear from my doctor today that I have the green light to start working out again so I plan to try and play in Indian Wells next week. Thanks for the well wishes.

So there you have it.

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