Category Archives: Dinara Safina

Petkovic Withdraws From Australian Open With Spinal Fracture

“Don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but Petkovic has withdrawn,” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley Tweeted. Petkovic’s withdrawal came just hours after Venus Williams announcement that she is not well enough to attend the first Grand Slam of the season.

Yesterday Agnieszka Radwanska beat Petkovic 7-5, 6-4 in  Sydney and during the match Andrea required pain killers and a medical time out.

Andrea has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in her spine, often a result of repeated extension stresses like serving or fast bowling in cricket. Read more »

Elena Dementieva Marries In Moscow

Retired tennis player Elena Dementieva is a step closer to having the family she talked about when she retired. On July 16 Elena married hockey champion Maxim Afinogenov at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow.

The ceremony was held on the roof of the building and birds were released at the end of the ceremony. The reception, inside the Ritz, hosted such famous tennis players as Vera Zvonareva, Dinara Safina, Sveta Kuznetsova, Maria Kirilenko and her partner Igor Andreev. Vera Dushevina caught the bouquet while Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova looked on. Read more »

Dinara Safina Out Indefinitely

Dinara Safina’s back has been bothering her intermittently since she returned to the circuit after two stress fractures and a muscle rupture last year and as a result she will be off the circuit indefinitely. She clarified on Twitter that she still intends to return eventually – when she’s ready.

The problem is with this type of injury if you don’t take enough time off (which Dinara didn’t) you’re either playing with a spinal fracture or you’re risking a career ending injury. Normal breaks heal faster and more effectively than a stress fracture because stress fractures are caused by repetitive strain and overload. Read more »

Injury Disaster For Safina

Dinara Safina was forced to retire against Victoria Azarenka in Marbella on Friday with a recurrence of her back pain. Safina, who is struggling to return after two spinal stress fractures and a ruptured muscle, is trying to prevent the problem ending her career and has since changed her service motion. Sadly on Friday she felt pain in her back while playing and then again in the last day when she tried to warm up. Read more »

Safina Falls To Sharapova

After her impressive straight sets victory over world number fourth seed Sam Stosur, Dinara

Safina has been sent packing by another returning Russian, Maria Sharapova. Maria won the match 6-2, 6-0 in dominant fashion, showing how much further along in the recovery process she is. Read more »

Safina Notches Up A Win

Dinara Safina has beaten two time former Indian Wells champion Daniela Hantuchova 7-6, 6-4. While Safina continued to struggle with her altered service motion, a necessary change after two spinal stress fractures, she managed to overcome the eight double faults and not let her nerves get the better of her.

Both players struggled in the first set, each dropping serve three times, but it was Safina who managed to get the only break in the second set. Read more »

Flashback: Ivanovic Wins Roland Garros

This is an interesting clip to watch. It’s the match highlights of the 2008 Roland Garros final between Ana Ivanovic. This is a clip that captured the two players before their games really collapsed.

It shows an in-form Ivanovic just before her game unraveled and Dinara Safina as she struggled to cope with the pressure of a Slam final but before a time when she would simply crumple under the pressure and be barely able to hold serve. Read more »

Former Champions Ivanovic And Safina Fall In First Round

Former champions and world number ones Ana Ivanovic and Dinara Safina have fallen this evening in their first round Australian Open matches in very different styles.

Dinara, who at one stage was dominating every tournament, only to struggle with the mental pressure in Grand Slam finals, is struggling to return to the WTA after two spinal stress fractures and a ruptured muscle that saw her tearily depart Melbourne last year. The Russian star, and sister of retired star Marat Safin, has recently struggled in her first round matches, admittedly against top seeds, in Auckland and Hobart. Read more »

Jelena Dokic Splits With Coach

Jelena Dokic has split with her coach Glenn Schaap just days ahead of the Australian Open. Schaap has returned to Europe but has previously worked with players such as Nadia Petrova, Dinara Safina and Anna Chakvetadze and has only worked with Dokic for about 6 months. Read more »

>Injuries Plague The WTA


This time last year there were very few of the top men left in fighting form at the end of the season – this year it’s the WTA that’s suffering from extensive injuries to top players. The WTA tour players are frequently accused of being inconsistent, under-prepared and lacking depth of talent, now with the more popular players prematurely ending their seasons, the year end tournaments are lacking sparkle.

Serena Williams

Serena played one exhibition match in Belgium since winning her Wimbledon title earlier this year, and hasn’t returned to the court since. Williams was replacing the injured Justin Henin, in a match against Kim Clijsters which was supposed to be “The Best of Belgium”. After the exhibition match Williams cut her foot on a piece of glass in a restaraunt and required surgery to help recovery from the injury. She missed the US Open and then re-tore the affected muscle when trying to return to play. She has since had another procedure to correct the new damage and intends to return to play in 2011.

Justine Henin

Henin was injured in her comback year when she fell on an outstretched arm in her Wimbledon match against Kim Clijsters. Henin suffered a “partial ligament fracture” in her elbow and has been off ever since. She recently returned to training and has not yet confirmed her 2011 schedule.

Dinara Safina

Safina has struggled all season in an attempt to return to play after suffering spinal stress fractures. When she originally tried to return in April she said “I saw what I would be doing without tennis. I can’t sit at home or stay in one place; it’s just not me. You miss the adrenaline, the competition, the nerves before a match… every athlete misses this. I’m still full of energy and desire to play tennis. Hopefully, I can play many more years.”

After ignoring her big brother Marat Safin’s advice to rest for longer Safina has struggled enormously in her bid to find some confidence and form. In early October she announced via Facebook her season was at an end.

“Hey guys, unfortunately I’ve pulled out of Moscow and won’t be playing Linz either. It has been the worse year of my career, mainly because of my injury that has kept me away from several tournaments and kept me from playing my game of tennis. I am sorry for the fans who expected me to continue on the same track as the last two years. I will heal my back and prepare for 2011 when I intend to show my real value to the tennis fans.”


Dinara recently attended the Moscow players party, despite not playing in the tournament.


Venus Williams

 Over the last two years Venus has struggled with knee injuries, most recently sustaining one just prior to Wimbledon. After skipping the US hard court season except the US Open she announced at the beginning of October that her season was over.

“I have been getting treatment and therapy on my knee and have been making progress but unfortunately must continue to keep weight off my knee for the short term and won’t be ready to return to competition in 2010.”