Dinara Safina falls to qualifier Klara Zakopalova at Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open

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Dinara Safina

Russian Dinara Safina did not only fall in the rankings from No.3 to No.5 on Monday, but also fell in the first round of the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, the claycourt tournament where she was defending her title. Qualifier Klara Zakopalova upset Safina 7-6(1) 7-6(3).

Both Safina and Zakopalova claimed seven breaks of serve during the match, but the world No.88 Czech dominated the tiebreaks, the first one 7-1 and the second 7-3. Zakopalova is now 2-0 in career meetings with Safina.

Just a short reminder that Safina was defending her title in Rome last week as well and also lost in the first round. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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  1. Safina definitely not in the groove yet, she seems to me to be a player that is not ‘naturally talented’ and has to work very hard to be successful. Being off court for 4 months has definitely set her back for now.

    Have no doubt though that she WILL get back to a high level and start winning titles again 🙂

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