Dinara Safina focuses on her game and not on No.1 ranking


Dinara SafinaDinara Safina had a chance of overtaking Serena Williams’ No.1 ranking. Had Safina reached the finals at Indian Wells she would have climbed to the top of the rankings, but the Russian lost to Victoria Azarenka 6-7 6-1 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

Safina is aware that the ranking will come with improved game, and she believes the key is to return her aggressiveness on court.

I’m not thinking about this [the ranking] because if it comes, it comes. If I play like this, definitely it will not come. I played three rounds before and I was struggling with every player that I’m playing. With everyone I played, they were either serving for the set, or had set points. I have to finally start playing my game, because I’m not playing it. I just want for the next tournament (in Miami next week) to finally play my game and play like I’ve been playing like last year. Since Australia, I’m playing defensive, and it’s not me. I just want to play aggressive.

(source: Reuters, photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. I always liked Dinara, she is very honest about her game and herself in general! Its so great to have her doing so well! I hope she can add a GS to her trophy cabinet!

  2. Dinara’s very critical about herself, and often hard on herself, but that’s what makes her statements genuine and interesting.

  3. 10 double faults at e point, serve percentage shockingly mediocre, defensive and passive game strategy- Poor Dina, hopefully this is yet another hiccup in the ‘Dawn of Dinara Dominance’. Nevertheless, what a great ‘Victory for Victoria’-minus the poor imitation of the copyrighted Sharapova Shriek.

  4. Dinara has lost confidence and that loss in Melbourne has left her doubting herself,it seems like she has gone back to the Dinara of 07 who was error prone and just ballbashing.She has not won a title in 5 months and she is about to be no.1 thats ridiculous.
    Her game is so not pleasing to the eye,the ballbashing with no plan B is really pitiful.


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