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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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The Withdrawal Method: No Dubai For Dinara

Posted by gauloises1 on February 9, 2010

In an ongoing tale of woe, Dinara Safina has announced that she won’t be playing the tournament in Dubai next week due to her persistent back injury.

Dinara has been rehabbing in Croatia and hopes to be back for Indian Wells. I hope so, too. I really miss her.

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AO Day Seven: Breaking Back. The Bad Kind.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 24, 2010

Poor, poor Dinara Safina. After some solid performances throughout the first week, she was forced to retire to Maria Kirilenko 4-5 down in the first set when the back trouble that bedevilled her at the end of 2009 returned without warning.

Her press conference makes sad reading:

Q. What is the problem? You look terrible.

DINARA SAFINA: My back again. It suddenly hit me. It was getting worse and worse. I have no idea really how it could happen. It’s really, really terrible.

Q. There was no indication earlier?

DINARA SAFINA: The only thing I felt a little bit stiff in practice like during the serve, but nothing serious. My doctor told me I could sometimes have some discomfort in that spot, as I had bone edema, maybe I could not use full power. As long as I can play match, it can happen and I can have discomfort, but he said no pain, nothing.

Today I warm up. Yesterday I had treatment. Today I warm up, it was fine. I was cooling down, and I start to feel a little more pain. Suddenly I played a long game at 3‑2. I won the game. I turned to my coach. I said, I cannot move anymore.

Q. Have you had a diagnosis insofar as how long you could be out of the game? Is it bad?

DINARA SAFINA: I have to go back to Germany to my doctor to speak with him. I mean, I did MRI before I came here, and my bone edema was getting much smaller. It could not happen this. I just really ‑‑ I just don’t know what happened. It’s shocking.

Q. Have you managed to speak to your doctor since you came off court?

DINARA SAFINA: No, not yet. I’m sure my coach is talking to him.

Q. How does this feel compared to last year when you had the back injury?

DINARA SAFINA: Exactly the same like in Doha. Exactly the same. I just cannot move anywhere.

I mean, the physio asked me to lie on the table. I said, I cannot lie. I cannot make any movement. Whatever I try to move, it hurts terribly.

Q. So it’s gotten worse after you came off the court today?

DINARA SAFINA: Yes. Like because I took pain killer before the match, because I was feeling stiff. I think, Okay, I going to take it as a discomfort so I forget about the pain. Then at 3‑2, I said, Okay, can you please give me some more painkillers? I kept on trying because I thought like, Okay, it’s going to work, it has to.

My coach told me at 4‑3 to retire. I’m like, Okay, I’m going to try. But it’s no way.

Q. Do you think you may have done more damage by playing the extra two games?

DINARA SAFINA: Yeah, I’m think so. But, you know, you always hope that it cannot get worse. If it would be the same, you think, Okay, like pain killer, whatever, it can help. You always hope.

Now I see I did worse.


Get better, Dinara.

This of course means that Maria Kirilenko is through to the quarterfinals, where she will face Zheng Jie (Zheng leads the H2H 4-1). Yes, one of these two ladies will be in the semifinals. Who had that in their bracket?

Happy birthday, Maria.

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AO Day Five: The Brits

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2010

Can’t we reserve this sort of thing for Wimbledon?

Elena Baltacha’s Australian Open run came to an abrupt end today, as she was efficiently dismantled by Dinara Safina.

Elena may be a beautiful striker of the ball – and she is – but Dinara demonstrated exactly how far away she is, and probably always will be, from competing with the top girls. Still, she fought hard and expected a lot from herself which is always good to see. If she can somehow stay healthy for the rest of the year and maintain this level, she could have some nice runs at the International level.

Andy Murray, on the other hand, was relatively untroubled against Florent Serra, winning 75 61 64. He did pick up a bit of a back strain at one point, but blamed it on ‘sticky courts’. In fact, mentioning this match is really just an excuse to let me post some of the pictures I really liked from today.

Caught a bit short, were we, Andy?

Ha ha … “short”.


“And for my next trick, I shall … win a Grand Slam!”

Only joking.

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AO Day Three: Your Day in Picspam

Posted by gauloises1 on January 20, 2010

Condensed bloggage tonight due to time (and timezone) constraints …

It took Marin untold hours and absurd amounts of effort to beat a small child with swine flu.

Not pictured: swine flu.

Aravane was dismissed by Angelique Kerber, thus making the Australian Open 1% more fashionable and at least 3.7% less awesome.

The eternal sad puppy that is Pavs was given a thorough kicking by Kuznetsova.

Gonzo won. In an angry fashion.

Ditto Dinara.

La Monf continued his winning ways.

Flavia was shown the door.

But by Wicky, so it was OK.

Florent Serra backed up his upset of Jurgen Melzer by beating Jarkko Nieminen.

Despite having no legs.

Has Marion been wearing the same kit for about three years, or what?

The Passion of the Nose Job.

I love this outfit. I don’t know why, because it’s disgusting. Anyway, she won.

Have an attractive photo of Rafa. No hate mail for me today!

Like looking into a mirror. And having your reflection repeatedly beat you.

Men’s Results

Singles – Second Round
[2] R Nadal (ESP) d L Lacko (SVK) 62 62 62
[4] J del Potro (ARG) d J Blake (USA) 64 67(3) 57 63 108
[5] A Murray (GBR) d M Gicquel (FRA) 61 64 63
[7] A Roddick (USA) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64
[11] F Gonzalez (CHI) d [LL] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 64 75
[12] G Monfils (FRA) d A Veic (CRO) 64 64 64
[14] M Cilic (CRO) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 67(6) 63 46 62 64
[19] S Wawrinka (SUI) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) 63 62 62
E Korolev (KAZ) d [21] T Berdych (CZE) 64 64 75
[24] I Ljubicic (CRO) d A Golubev (KAZ) 63 36 62 63
[27] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d W Odesnik (USA) 64 36 63 62
F Mayer (GER) d [29] V Troicki (SRB) 46 64 76(2) 61
[33] J Isner (USA) d [Q] L Sorensen (IRL) 63 76(4) 75
F Lopez (ESP) d R Schuettler (GER) 63 26 63 62
F Serra (FRA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 36 64 57 76(4) 75 – Saved 2 M.P.
I Karlovic (CRO) d J Benneteau (FRA) 26 61 63 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Berrer (GER) / S Greul (GER) 64 75
[2] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] S Groth (AUS) / J Kubler (AUS) 76(5) 63
[5] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) d J Chela (ARG) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 67(1) 63 61
[7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) 64 26 76(4)
[8] M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / B Klein (AUS) 62 64
A Clement (FRA) / J Erlich (ISR) d [10] J Knowle (AUT) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 67(3) 64 64
A Montanes (ESP) / M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) d J Acasuso (ARG) / S Prieto (ARG) 64 64
L Mayer (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [12] M Melo (BRA) / B Soares (BRA) 76(3) 64
[WC] R Junaid (AUS) / P Luczak (AUS) d [15] J Levinsky (CZE) / T Parrott (USA) 46 76(5) 62
[17] J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d M Lopez (ESP) / A Ventura (ESP) 64 61
C Fleming (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) d Y Lu (TPE) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 75 64
L Arnold Ker (ARG) / H Tecau (ROU) d W Moodie (RSA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 46 76(4) 75
[WC] P Amritraj (IND) / S Devvarman (IND) d J Cerretani (USA) / T Rettenmaier (USA) 57 64 75
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d [Alt.] A Falla (COL) / S Giraldo (COL) 62 63
[WC] K Hensel (AUS) / G Jones (AUS) d [Alt] P Lorenzi (ITA) / C Rochus (BEL) 76(3) 36 76(2)
R De Voest (RSA) / S Lipsky (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 46 61 76(6)
P Marx (GER) / I Zelenay (SVK) d [WC] N Lindahl (AUS) / M Reid (AUS) 63 64

Women’s Results

Singles – Second Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. (5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 75 76(6)
(8) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Katie O’Brien (GBR) 62 62
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 64 64
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 76(2) 61
(15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 63 63
(19) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (24) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 26 62 63
(Q) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (26) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 62 63
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 63
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. (30) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 75
(31) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 64 75
Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 63
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 63 61
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Vania King (USA) 76(7) 75

Singles – First Round
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 62
(7) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (WC) Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA) 62 60
(9) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 62 60
(16) Li Na (CHN) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 62 60
(22) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 36 61 75
Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. (28) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 76(5) 64
(29) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 67(5) 62 61
Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Stéphanie Dubois (CAN) 63 62
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 75 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) 64 62
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 75 67(5) 97
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 60 36 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 64
(Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. (WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) 62 46 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 64 64
(2) Williams/Williams (USA/USA) d. (WC) Ferguson/Moore (AUS/AUS) 61 61
(3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Dokic/Kvitova (AUS/CZE) 75 60
(4) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Goerges/Parra Santonja (GER/ESP) 63 64
(6) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Koryttseva/Kustova (UKR/BLR) 64 61
(8) Mattek-Sands/Yan (USA/CHN) d. Flipkens/Oudin (BEL/USA) 63 62
Jans/Rosolska (POL/POL) d. Molik/Shaughnessy (AUS/USA) 26 75 64
Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) d. Chakvetadze/Paszek (RUS/AUT) 64 63
Chan/Niculescu (TPE/ROU) d. (WC) Adamczak/Kriz (AUS/AUS) 63 61
Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. Medina Garrigues/Wozniacki (ESP/DEN) 64 64
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. (WC) Groth/Rogowska (AUS/AUS) 63 75

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AO Day One: WTA Round-Up

Posted by gauloises1 on January 18, 2010

Despite the rain, the women got a great deal done today. In their varying fashions.

No fairytale repeat for Jelena Dokic; she was shown the door by Alisa Kleybanova, 61 75.

Wicky survived a marathon, rain-interrupted encounter with Alexandra Dulgheru to set up a second-round clash with …

… Flavia, who disposed of Anna Chakvetadze.

Also meeting in the second round? These two. Justine beat fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 64 63, and Elena Dementieva demolished Vera Dushevina, 62 61.

And Dinara won.

Singles – First Round
(2) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 64 64
(3) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 61
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 63 36 62
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (14) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 76(4) 36 64
(15) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (Q) Valérie Tétreault (CAN) 60 64
(24) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 60 60
(27) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 61 75
(30) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 62 76(6)
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 06 61 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 62 64
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 36 75
(Q) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 16 75 108
(Q) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 46 62
(WC) Justine Henin (BEL) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 63

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WTA Wednesday: Semifinals Set

Posted by gauloises1 on January 13, 2010

And on we go. As aforementioned, Aravane Rezai is the sole unseeded player in the semifinals lineup, crushing Flavia Pennetta 63 60. Her reward? A meeting with Serena Williams, who disposed of Vera Dushevina 62 62.

Without even standing up.

In the bottom half of the draw, Elena Dementieva is in with an excellent chance of defending her title, defeating Dinara Safina 62 63.

She’ll face sixth seed Victoria Azarenka, who played her third three-set match (out of three) against resurgent Dominika Cibulkova, eventually triumphing 75 in the third.

Fasten your seatbelts; 2010’s going to be a bumpy ride.

In Hobart, qualifier Kirsten Flipkens is quietly doing her part for the Belgian resurgence, reaching the quarterfinals after disposing of sixth seed Aleksandra Wozniak, while third seed Kateryna Bondarenko fell to Sara Errani. And hometown hopes Alicia Molik and Jelena Dokic fell to Carla Suarez Navarro and a ruthless Shahar Peer.

Great to see Shahar back on song after all the crap she’s had to put up with of late, isn’t it?


Singles – Second Round
(2) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Jelena Dokic (AUS) 62 62
Sara Errani (ITA) d. (3) Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 76(8) 64
(5) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
(Q) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (6) Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 75 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Medina Garrigues/Rybarikova (ESP/SVK) 57 63 108
Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Mirza/Ruano Pascual (IND/ESP) 63 75
Chuang/Peschke (TPE/CZE) d. Benesova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 76(5) 63


Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 62 62
(5) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (2) Dinara Safina (RUS) 62 63
(6) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 62 75
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 63 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/USA) d. Dushevina/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 46 108
Garbin/Petrova (ITA/RUS) d. (WC) Dellacqua/Rezai (AUS/FRA) 61 64

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What Happened So Far

Posted by gauloises1 on January 12, 2010

So, I’ve been a little bit out of the loop since Sunday. What’s been going on?


David Nalbandian pulled out with an abominal injury that may keep him out of the Australian Open.

Leaving many of us feeling like this.

But hey, Pico’s back! As is Nose Job.

Possibly having had another nose job.


Alicia Molik keeps on keeping on, beating Sania Mirza; Carla Suarez Navarro next.

Zheng Jie beat Peng Shuai.

Jelena Dokic beat a Tim.

And Alize Cornet continues determinedly divesting herself of what remains of her points.


JJ’s back!

She lost.

So did Caro.

So did Svetlana.

But hey, Dominika Cibulkova’s back!

So is Victoria Azarenka. In the really … Victoria Azarenka sense. She’s struggled through two three-setters so far, one against Sabine Lisicki and one against, um, Kimiko Date Krumm.

Hey, remember her? She won a match! In straight sets, too.

So did she. It may or may not be on.

The men have been boring. Have a photo of Baggy anyway.

This concludes your round-up.

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