The grasscourt Grand Slam is just days away and former world No.1 Dinara Safina is not going there with much confidence. The Russian, now ranked outside the Top 20, at No.21, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, has lost five successive matches: second round in Stuttgart to Shahar Peer, and then opening matches to Alexandra Dulgheru in Rome, Klara Zakopalova in Madrid, Kimiko Date Krumm at the French Open and the one yesterday on the grass of the Unicef Open to Magdalena Rybarikova.
World No.45 Rybarikova had entered the match at the Unicef Open with a 0-2 record against Safina, but the Slovakian converted five of her 11 break chances, compared to Safina’s three of 11, and edged the second seed 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 in the first round. Safina could find consolation in the fact that Rybarikova’s sole Tour title came on grass, in Birmingham.
Additional info: Safina’s former coach Zeljko Krajan is now coaching Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, who beat 16-year-old Brit Laura Robson 6-3 6-4 to advance to the Unicef Open second round. (photo: chascow)
jeeej 🙂 I hope he will help Domi as he helped Dina 🙂 pome Domi, pome 🙂
LuLinQa, don’t be offended. C Note of Forty Deuce has that style of writing, and always expresses her opinion boldly, but is actually a great blogger with engaging posts. If it means anything to you, I find Cibulkova super cool.
BTW, I didn’t manage to post the DVDs today. However, I packed them and all I have to do tomorrow is to make it to the post office.
oh my god? why are some people that stupid? i am so offenced about their hatred of dominika ( i mean the admin and the guys on cowbell). they are rude about her only because she beat some big-mouthed teenager who is, in her judgement, matured and experoenced enough to rumor about other girls on tour?! freaking crap! and they are that rude to call her s…. just cos she is attractive and dates with some guys? wrrrr! her current boyfriend is not a tennis player anyway.. i am soo angry!
Marija, please dont publish links like that cos they piss me off.
I have nothing against others oppinions, but they should be told just little bit more pollite, u know.
Ok, post them when your schedule lets you to 🙂
LuLinQa, I sent you the DVDs yesterday. 😉