Dinara Safina

Dinara Mikhailovna Safina (Russian Динара Михайловна Сафина / wiss transliteration Dinara Safina Michajlovna, Tatar Dinara Safina Mubin Qizi; . * April 27, 1986 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a former Russian tennis player. In 2009, she was a total of 27 weeks in the number 1 in the WTA world rankings.

  • 3.1 Individual
  • 4.1 Single


Safina is of Tatar origin. Her mother Rausa Muhamedschanowna Islanowa was a top ten player in Russia, her father Mikhail Alexeyevich Safin ( Tatar Mubin Aliamtschewitsch ) resulted in a tennis club in Moscow, in the next Safina trained more later stars like Anna Kournikova, Elena Dementieva and Anastasia Myskina. Your six- year older brother Marat Safin was nine weeks, the No. 1 world tennis rankings of men. At the age of 14 years Dinara followed because of better training conditions her brother to Valencia, Spain.



At the beginning of the year reached Safina at the tournament in Gold Coast, the semi-finals and defeated there, the later winner Lucie Šafářová 4:6, 2:6. In doubles, she triumphed at the side of Meghann Shaughnessy. At the Australian Open, the blow came in the second round against Laura Granville ( 4:6, 0:6 ). In the quarter- final of the Open Gaz de France they defeated the newly crowned Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo with 2:6 and 2:6. Also at the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium, they failed in the quarterfinals at the local favorite and former No. 1 Kim Clijsters.

Also located in Charleston Safina played the quarterfinals, she was defeated there, the defending champion Justine Henin 4:6, 1:6.

At the tournament in Rome, Safina reached after victories over Clijsters, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova the final, which she lost to Martina Hingis 2:6 and 5:7. In the second round of the French Open, she defeated the number 4 in the world, Maria Sharapova, in a marathon match with 7:5, 2:6 and 7:5, before she succumbed to the quarter-finals of the later finalist Kuznetsova.

That same year, Safina reached yet the third round of Wimbledon and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, but narrowly missed qualifying for the Masters in Madrid.


In Gold Coast this time, she won the title in both the single and double. In Melbourne, she was defeated in the third round Li Na with 2:6 and 2:6. After a rather weak spring she reached the final in Charleston, losing to Jelena Janković which she with 2:6, 2:6. With Nathalie Dechy, however, she won the doubles title of the U.S. Open.


After a streaky beginning with the quarter -final in Gold Coast against Shahar Peer and leaving in the first round against Daniela Hantuchova in Sydney it put a first round defeat even at the Australian Open. Safina lost to the German qualifier Sabine Lisicki with 6:7, 6:4 and 2:6. Even in the subsequent tournaments she played unconvincingly. For a ray of light she made then at the WTA tournament in Miami when she defeated Lindsay Davenport in the second round 6-3, 6-4.

In Amelia Iceland and Charleston was against Alyona Bondarenko in the second round and Ágnes Szávay each end. In Berlin, she reached after victories over Julia Goerges ( 6:3, 6:4 ) and Kaia Kanepi ( 6-4, 6-3 ) the knockout stages, where they the then number 1, Justine Henin, with 5:7, 6: 3 and 6:1 defeated. After further victories over Serena Williams and Wiktoryja Azarenka they defeated Dementieva in the final with 3:6, 6:2, 6:2 and celebrated their biggest success to date.

At the French Open Safina hit by Kateryna Bondarenko wins over (6:1, 6:3 ), Magdalena Rybáriková ( 6:0, 6:1 ) and Zheng Jie ( 6:2, 7:5 ) in the second round as in 2006, on the world number one Maria Sharapova - and again she won the duel ( 6:7, 7:6, 6:2 ). In her third Grand Slam quarter-finals in Paris and New York in 2006, she was again successful against Dementieva ( 4:6, 7:6, 6:0 ). After their victory over Kuznetsova ( 6:3, 6:2 ), she met in the finals to Ana Ivanović, the new No. 1 was represented by its semi-finals and defeated Safina in the final of Roland Garros with 6:4 and 6:3.

After tournament victories in Los Angeles and Montreal Safina reached the final at the Olympic Games in Beijing. In a hard fought match but she had to her compatriot Dementieva time with 6:3, 5:7 and 3:6 to admit defeat and settle for the silver medal.

At the U.S. Open Safina won after wins over Kristie Ahn, Roberta Vinci and Timea Bacsinszky their second round match with 7:5 and 6:0 against German qualifier Anna -Lena Grönefeld. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3, and then retired to the eventual winner Serena Williams of 3:6 and 2:6.

At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Safina beat in the semifinals Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-0 in the final Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6.3, which she was third in the world rankings. At the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, she won among others against Mauresmo and Kuznetsova, before she succumbed in the semifinals her compatriot Vera Swonarjowa. Nevertheless, it was run as a new number 2.

After losing to Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva Safina ended up at the final WTA Tour Championships in their group at the last place.


The season opened Safina at the Hopman Cup in Perth, where she went to the starting line with her brother Marat for Russia. After victories over Italy, Taiwan and France, the siblings only lost in the final against the Slovakian team with Dominika Cibulková and Dominik Hrbatý.

After victories over Sorana Cîrstea, Vera Dushevina, Alizé Cornet and Ai Sugiyama lost at the WTA tournament in Sydney the final against Dementieva.

At the Australian Open she won first against their country women Alla Kudrjawzewa and Kaia Kanepi Ekaterina Makarova and from Estonia. In the second round she defeated Alizé Cornet 6-2, 2:6 and 7:5, where she had to fend off in the third set when the score was 2:5 two match points. She then defeated Jelena Dokić with 6:4, 4:6 and 6:4. After the semi-final victory over Swonarjowa Safina met Serena Williams. The final ended after only 59 minutes with a 0:6 - 3:6 defeat; a victory Safina would have taken the lead in the world rankings.

Set to number 1, she lost in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells against Wiktoria Azarenka in three sets. By the early exit again she missed the leap to the top of world rankings. An early departure there were also at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, where she lost in round three against Samantha Stosur.

Dinara Safina was a nineteenth player of the Open Era and as the second Russian after Maria Sharapova World No. On April 20, 2009. She and her brother Marat are the first pair of siblings in which both rank 1 occupied in world tennis. Critics were of the view Safina placement was not justified and due to the fact that other top players kept away from tournaments or at the time were not active. The then seeded 2 Serena Williams said in an interview in May of the year at the Italian Open, "We all know who the real number 1". The peak in the WTA ranking could hold a total of 27 weeks, from 20 April to 11 October and 26 October to 1 November 2009 Safina.

Until the French Open Safina lost only one match on clay. At the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, she was beaten in the final by Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3. Just one week later, Safina succeeded in Rome revenge when she defeated Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2. The following week, she won the Madrid Masters by a playoff victory ( 6-2, 6-4 ) over Caroline Wozniacki.

At the French Open Safina could first meet in 2009 its role as a big favorite. In the first four games they were only five games from ( 6-0, 6-0 over Anne Keothavong, 6-1, 6-1 against Witalija Dyachenko; 6:2, 6:0 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6: 0 against Aravane Rezai ). In the quarterfinals she met Asarenka against which they fired the single set en route to the finals of the 1:6, 6:4 and 6:2. In the semifinals she defeated Dominika Cibulková 6:3, 6:3. In the final they met - as in Stuttgart and Rome - back to Kuznetsova, who was defeated after many errors with 4:6 and 2:6. However, Safina was the number 1

At Wimbledon, she reached after a tough start with wins over Amélie Mauresmo ( second round: 4:6, 6:3, 6:4 ) and Sabine Lisicki ( Quarterfinals: 6:7, 6:4, 6:1 ) the semi-finals, where they met the defending champion. Against Venus Williams then had in just 41 minutes a significant defeat ( 0:6, 1:6 ) plug. The end of July stood Safina in Portoroz, Slovenia once again in a final. The victory over the Italian Sara Errani was her twelfth and last preliminary title on the WTA Tour.


During warm-up tournament for the Australian Open in Sydney, she came to the quarter- finals, where they retired to their Dauerrivalin Dementieva in straight sets. In the second round of Melbourne Safina had to retire the match against her compatriot Maria Kirilenko. A back injury forced her to a three-month break.

Her comeback celebrated in April at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. After a bye in the first round she beat Ágnes Szávay in three sets. In the quarterfinals, she had to Shahar Peer 3:6, defeated 2:6. A week later, Safina played at the WTA tournament in Rome, where she was defeated in three sets after a bye Alexandra Dulgheru. At the tournament in Madrid, she was defeated in round one surprising Klára Zakopalová with 6:7, 6:7. At the French Open, she had ran to kick against the already 39 -year-old "Tennis Grandma " Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan. The weak form Safina also lost this game after set up another in three sets.

At the beginning of lawn season she was disqualified in three sets at the WTA tournament in 's Hertogenbosch against Magdalena Rybáriková. After another injury they could not compete at Wimbledon.

At Stanford, she lost at the opening again in three sets against Date Krumm. In the WTA tournament in San Diego, she won in the first round against Alyona Bondarenko 6-1, 7-6. In the second round she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska smooth with 1:6, 3:6. In Cincinnati, she reached the second round and lost clearly against Kim Clijsters. In the second round of Montreal she was eliminated by the newly crowned French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, a week later in the quarter-finals of New Haven against Kirilenko ( 3:6, 3:6 ) - after wins over Hantuchova and Schiavone. At the U.S. Open it set against Hantuchova again an opening defeat ( 3:6, 4:6 ).

In the WTA tournament in Seoul she left in the quarter finals with 5:7, 3:6 against Klára from Zakopalová. In Tokyo, there sat a first round defeat against Julia Goerges ( 1:6, 7:5, 2:6 ). Also in Beijing difference Safina 4:6, 6:7 against Swonarewa in round one from. After the tournament, they finished the season early due to injury problems again.


At the beginning of the year, Safina played at the WTA tournament in Auckland, where she defeated Yanina Wickmayer at the opening in three sets. In Hobart it was swept by Marion Bartoli in the first round 6-0, 6-1 from the square. A week later, she lost her first round match at the Australian Open against Clijsters in only 44 minutes with 0:6 and 0:6. At the tournament in Kuala Lumpur, she lost in a hard-fought three- set match in round two against Lucie Šafářová, in double contrast, she took the title. For a ray of hope Safina made ​​at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. There, she reached the second round with wins over Arantxa Parra Santonja ( 6:3, 6:3 ), Daniela Hantuchova (7:6, 6:4 ) and Samantha Stosur (7:6, 6:4 ); then she lost to Sharapova with 2:6, 0:6. In Miami, Safina defeated in round two Swonarewa in three sets. In Marbella, she had to give up in the quarterfinals against Asarenka ( back injury ). In Fez, she reached the semifinals, she could not compete due to stomach cramps. In Madrid, she dropped in the second round with 4:6, 6:4 and 4:6 turn against Julia Goerges from.

Since that defeat Dinara Safina takes a break: " On the pitch I feel inhibited myself because I fear a wrong movement have," said the Russian. "I 'm too tired to fight. I want to forget this torment. " On October 7, her brother Marat Safin announced her final retirement from professional tennis. Hours later denied Dinara, she was not yet ready for this step.

Tournament Win


Performance at Grand Slam tournaments