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SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Can Kvitova handle the spotlight? More mailupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 16:00:00

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Nadal closes on 500th career victoryupdated: Fri Apr 22 2011 16:31:00

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is on the verge of another notable career milestone after cruising into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday.

Del Potro and Safina progress to second round of Miami Openupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 10:10:00

The 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro eased into the second round of the Miami Open with a straight sets victory over Brazil's Ricardo Mello.

Wozniacki reaches fourth round; Sharapova sets up Safina clashupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 09:31:00

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has progressed to the last 16 at Indian Wells after beating Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez for the first time.

Del Potro and Safina progress at Indian Wellsupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 10:37:00

Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro continued his impressive comeback with a straight-sets win over Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Masters Series event at Indian Wells.

Bartoli and Safina go through in Malaysiaupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 13:16:00

Second seed Marion Bartoli and former world number one Dinara Safina are both through to the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Media must put newsworthiness ahead of hurt feelings, more mailupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 13:46:00

A quick baguette, while stretching my psoas ...

Clijsters embarrasses former No. 1 Safina in Melbourneupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:19:00

World number three Kim Clijsters eased past Russia's Dinara Safina with a 6-0 6-0 victory in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Rankings debate, Soderling's resurgence, more mailupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 12:34:00

An interesting intellectual exercise for you and your readers. Transfer the name and results of Rafael Nadal over the past 365 days to Dinara Safina, and then do likewise with Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Who is now your true world No. 1? Safina (Nadal) doesn't even play Wimbledon (the computer doesn't care that its due to injury), doesn't even win a title of any kind, large or small, for an entire year! Then she hits the clay courts of Europe, wins three warm-up tournaments and then the French, and is catapulted to the top of the tennis world. Serena (Federer), her No. 2 challenger meanwhile, is defending Wimbledon AND Australian Open champion, U.S. Open finalist and French Open quarterfinalist, her worst slam result of the past year. Add other major tournament titles like Cincinnati, and she looks to be your true No. 1. Of course, Nadal has quickly produced a resume that has G.O.A.T. potential, while Safina falls far short, but the computer only reflects the results of the

Safina crashes out to 39-year-old Date Krumm at French Openupdated: Tue May 25 2010 17:53:00

Last year's finalist Dinara Safina has been knocked out of the French Open in the first round by unseeded 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan.

Serena and Venus headed for Rome semifinal clashupdated: Wed May 05 2010 16:37:00

The Williams sisters remain on course for a semifinal showdown at the Italian after both had contrasting fortunes in their third-round matches in Rome on Wednesday, but world No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki crashed out.

Peer knocks out Safina in Stuttgartupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 13:05:00

Shahar Peer recorded her fourth straight victory over world number three Dinara Safina to book a place in the last four at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

Safina backs out of Dubai appearanceupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 15:58:00

World No. 2 Dinara Safina has been forced to pull out of next week's Dubai Tennis Championships due to her ongoing back problems.

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Safina's problems all on 'her side'updated: Fri Jan 15 2010 12:30:00

It was predictable that Dinara Safina would struggle at the U.S. Open.

Dementieva defeats Safina in Sydneyupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 11:51:00

Elena Dementieva remained on course to defend her Sydney International title with a convincing 6-2 6-3 win over world number two Dinara Safina in an all-Russian quarterfinal.

Serena and Safina win Sydney openersupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 11:15:00

Serena Williams and Dinara Safina, the world's top-ranked women's tennis players, made winning starts to their 2010 season at the Sydney Invitational tournament on Tuesday.

Serena into Doha semifinals as Venus hangs onupdated: Thu Oct 29 2009 18:11:00

Second seed Serena Williams stormed into the semifinals of the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, while sister and defending champion Venus kept her slim hopes alive.

Tearful Safina loses No.1 rankingupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 18:46:00

A tearful Dinara Safina was forced out of the WTA Championships with a serious back injury and will lose her world number one ranking to Serena Williams.

Serena returns to summit of women's tennisupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 11:04:00

Serena Williams regained her world No. 1 women's tennis ranking after cruising into the third round of the China Open on Tuesday.

Safina and Venus crash out in Beijingupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 10:35:00

World number one Dinara Safina and third seed Venus Williams crashed out in major upsets at the China Open in Beijing on Monday.

Safina and Serena both go through in Beijingupdated: Sun Oct 04 2009 08:14:00

The top two seeds, Dinara Safina and Serena Williams, are both through to the second round of the China Open in Beijing after claiming straight sets victories on Sunday.

Safina and Venus sent crashing out in Tokyoupdated: Mon Sep 28 2009 12:52:00

The top two seeds, Dinara Safina and Venus Williams, have both been sent crashing in the second round of the Pan Pacific tournament in Tokyo on Monday.

SI.com: Frank Deford: Americans' obsession over rankings evident in women's tennisupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 16:48:00

We now enter the Hit Parade portion of the athletic calendar, the annual Casey Kasem phase, when first college football, then basketball, is consumed by weekly rankings.

Safina and Sharapova crash out of U.S. Openupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 08:07:00

Top seeds Dinara Safina and Maria Sharapova crashed out of the U.S. Open to teenagers in each of their marathon three-set matches on Saturday in major upsets at Flushing Meadows.

Ivanovic crashes out in U.S. Open thrillerupdated: Wed Sep 02 2009 07:40:00

World number one Dinara Safina and most of the top women's seeds at the U.S. Open coasted through to the second round, but Ana Ivanovic was knocked out by Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko in a playoff thriller that was decided by the last point.

Top seed Safina sent crashing in Montrealupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 04:24:00

World No. 1 Dinara Safina has crashed out in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, joining third seed Venus Williams and sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in suffering an early exit.

Jankovic defeats Safina in Cincinnati finalupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 09:09:00

Jelena Jankovic clinched her second WTA Tour title of the season after beating world number one Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final of the Cincinnati Open on Sunday.

Tennis: Clijsters beaten by Safina in Cincinnatiupdated: Sat Aug 15 2009 13:18:00

Kim Clijsters saw her comeback run ended by world number one Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati.

World No. 1 Safina crashes out in L.A.updated: Sat Aug 08 2009 08:49:00

World number one Dinara Safina crashed out of the WTA tournament in Los Angeles as Maria Sharapova battled back reach the quarterfinals with a three-set win over Alona Bondarenko.

No. 1 Safina first to reach WTA showpieceupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 10:45:00

World No. 1 Dinara Safina became the first player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships after winning her opening match at the L.A. Women's Tennis Championships in Carson, California.

Wimbledon champion Venus crushes Safinaupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 14:06:00

Defending champion Venus Williams ensured the Wimbledon final would be another family affair with a devastating performance against Russia's Dinara Safina in Thursday's second semifinal.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Murray mania continues to mount, a wing for Santoro and more mailupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 16:16:00

WIMBLEDON, England -- While marveling at Venus Williams's play on grass....

Champion Venus closer to Wimbledon hat-trickupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 14:01:00

Twice defending champion Venus Williams powered into the Wimbledon semifinals with another impressive display and then said it would be "fantastic" to face sister Serena in Saturday's climax.

Kuznetsova wins French Open as Safina deniedupdated: Sat Jun 06 2009 11:42:00

World number one Dinara Safina's wait for her first grand slam title continues, after she was beaten in straight sets by compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the final of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Safina fights to semis as Sharapova slumpsupdated: Wed Jun 03 2009 07:35:00

Top seed Dinara Safina battled from a set down to defeat Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka at the French Open, but there was no escape for scheduled semifinal opponent Maria Sharapova who suffered a humiliating exit.

Safina through as champion Ivanovic goes outupdated: Sun May 31 2009 14:29:00

Dinara Safina continued her remorseless pursuit of a first grand slam title with a 6-1 6-0 demolition of Aravane Rezai as defending champion Ana Ivanovic crashed out in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: French Open women's seed reportupdated: Fri May 22 2009 14:11:00

SI.com's Jon Wertheim breaks down the men's and women's seeds at the French Open. Read on for the top first-round matchups, dark horses to watch and his predicted winners.

Nadal edges Djokovic in four-hour battleupdated: Wed May 20 2009 12:00:00

Clay-court king Rafael Nadal saved three match points before defeating third seed Novak Djokovic 3-6 7-6 7-6 in an epic four-hour struggle to reach the Madrid Open final on Saturday.

SI.com: Bryan Armen Graham: Serena struggling as French loomsupdated: Tue May 12 2009 18:18:00

Even if you believe Serena Williams is "the real No. 1" on the women's tour, which she probably is, you've got to question the timing of her cocksure, matter-of-fact declaration on the eve of last week's Italian Open.

Safina sets record straight to win Rome titleupdated: Sat May 09 2009 14:41:00

World number one Dinara Safina defeated Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 on Saturday to lift the WTA Rome Masters claycourt title.

All-Russian final at Rome Mastersupdated: Sat May 09 2009 08:47:00

World number one Dinara Safina faces Svetlana Kuznetsova in an all-Russian final at the Rome Masters claycourt tournament after a fighting three-set victory over Venus Williams on Friday.

Kuznetsova beats Safina in Stuttgart finalupdated: Sun May 03 2009 12:55:00

Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova secured her first WTA Tour victory since winning in 2007 in New Haven, beating compatriot and world number one Dinara Safina in straight sets to claim the Porsche Grand Prix title in Sturttgart.

Safina faces Kuznetsova in Stuttgart finalupdated: Sat May 02 2009 15:47:00

World number one Dinara Safina had to come from a set down to beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 3-6 7-5 6-0 on Saturday to set up a final showdown against fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart.

Safina leads top seeds through in Stuttgartupdated: Thu Apr 30 2009 17:31:00

The leading three seeds are all through to the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart -- with top seed and newly-installed world number one Dinara Safina the most impressive of the trio.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: The best value in sports, Roger Wed-erer's decline and new rankingsupdated: Wed Apr 29 2009 12:31:00

I'm back from a week off. One of my new Twitter buddies noticed that I had attended the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., last week, not as a journalist but as a fan. He asked me what the experience was like, and it was a good question. I can't recall the last time I'd attended a tennis event armed not with a notebook but with a bag of popcorn, concerned not about a deadline but about my daughter's sunblock status. Here are five impressions:

Top two Russian seeds through in Stuttgartupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 17:17:00

World number one Dinara Safina and fellow-Russian Elena Dementieva are through to the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, although they suffered varying fortunes on Tuesday.

Serena loses world No.1 ranking to Safinaupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 12:50:00

Dinara Safina will go to the top of the world rankings in place of Serena Williams after the American's shock defeat at a tournament in Spain, the WTA announced on its official Web site www.sonyericssonwtatour.com.

Safina and Ivanovic in early Miami exitsupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 08:06:00

Second seed Dinara Safina saw her chances of taking over from Serena Williams as world number one shattered by a straight sets defeat to Australian Samantha Stosur at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Safina and Ivanovic lead charge of seedsupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 12:35:00

Second seed Dinara Safina of Russia came safely through her first test in the WTA Tour event at Key Biscayne with a straight sets win over Mathilde Johansson.

Safina blows chance to claim top rankingupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 12:02:00

Russia's Dinara Safina saw her chance to claim the top spot in the women's world rankings disappear with a shock 6-7 6-1 6-3 defeat to eighth seed Victoria Azarenka at the WTA tournament in Indian Wells, California.

Are top female tennis players overpaid?updated: Fri Feb 13 2009 06:22:00

The polite hush that descends on the crowd seconds before service is nowhere to be heard when it comes to the issue of equal prize money in women's tennis.

Serena thrashes Safina to claim Aussie crownupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 08:32:00

Serena Williams claimed her fourth Australian Open title with an emphatic 6-0 6-3 victory over Russian Dinara Safina in Saturday's final in Melbourne.

Serena to meet Safina in Melbourne finalupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 08:03:00

Serena Williams will be bidding for her 10th grand slam triumph and fourth Australian Open title when she plays Russian Dinara Safina in Saturday's final in Melbourne, with the world number one ranking also up for grabs for either player.

Dokic title dream is shattered by Safinaupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 11:55:00

Dinara Safina apologised to the Melbourne crowd after ending Jelena Dokic's Australian Open dream -- and then begged for their backing in her semifinal against Russian rival Vera Zvonareva.

In-form Dementieva claims Sydney titleupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 13:13:00

Elena Dementieva beat Dinara Safina 6-3 2-6 6-1 in an all-Russian final in Sydney to win her second straight WTA Tour title.

Dementieva sends top seed Serena crashingupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 07:19:00

Top seed Serena Williams was humbled in straight sets by Russian Elena Dementieva in the semifinals of the Medibank International tournament in Sydney -- reports the event's official Web site.

Serena survives match points to go throughupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 11:50:00

Serena Williams had to save three match points before beating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-7 6-3 7-6 in a late-night thriller at the Sydney International on Wednesday.

Russian Safina eases through to last eightupdated: Mon Sep 01 2008 16:19:00

Russia's Dinara Safina continued her impressive run of recent form by sweeping past Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld to reach the last eight of the U.S. Open on Monday.

Nadal, Dementieva claim Beijing tennis goldsupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 03:16:00

Rafael Nadal will become No. 1 in the rankings Monday, and he is No. 1 at the Olympics.

Safina and Dementieva meet for tennis goldupdated: Sat Aug 16 2008 07:28:00

Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva will contest an all-Russian final in the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing.

Ivanovic clinches maiden Grand Slam in Parisupdated: Sat Jun 07 2008 11:06:00

New world number one Ana Ivanovic made up for last year's disappointment by claiming her first Grand Slam title with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Dinara Safina in the French Open women's final on Saturday.

Stunning comeback puts Safina throughupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 15:01:00

Dinara Safina came back from the brink in her French Open quarterfinal against Elena Dementieva, to reach the last four of a grand slam for the first time.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Safina's breakout tourney, Estonian pride and moreupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 14:17:00

My Wednesday Baguette from Paris:

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Debating the French, Kuerten, moreupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 21:59:00

My Tuesday Baguette from Paris:

Safina shocks Paris top seed Sharapova updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 15:41:00

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova was a shock casualty at the French Open on Monday when she crashed 6-7 7-6 6-2 against fellow Russian Dinara Safina in Paris.

Safina and Dementieva make Berlin finalupdated: Sat May 10 2008 16:45:00

Dinara Safina and a re-energized Elena Dementiieva will contest an all-Russian final at the German Open in Berlin after both secured straight sets victories in the semifinals on Saturday.

Davenport winning run ended by Safinaupdated: Mon Mar 31 2008 15:47:00

Lindsay Davenport's fairytale comeback hit a bump on Monday when she lost 6-3 6-4 to Dinara Safina in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Mauresmo and top seeds dumped out updated: Thu Jan 03 2008 13:22:00

Amelie Mauresmo, top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova and defending champion Dinara Safina were among the big-name losers in Thursday's quarterfinals of the Australian women's hardcourt tournament.

Golovin and Safina reach round twoupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 16:46:00

Tatiana Golovin beat Martina Mueller 6-1 6-1 on Monday -- the first day of the Porsche Grand Prix, which has attracted eight of the top-10 women in the world.

Safina and Ivanovic face showdownupdated: Wed Jan 03 2007 07:31:00

Dinara Safina of Russia and Serbia's Ana Ivanovic remained on course for a semifinal showdown after both won their second round matches at the Australian women's hardcourt championships on the Gold Coast.

Hingis too hot for Aussie opponentupdated: Tue Jan 02 2007 05:09:00

Martina Hingis needed only 46 minutes to complete a 6-0 6-1 second round win over Australian Nicole Pratt at the Australian Women's Hardcourt Championship at Gold Coast on Tuesday.

Safina scraps for two-hour successupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 16:57:00

Russian sixth seed Dinara Safina survived three match points to defeat Italy's Mara Santangelo in an epic two-hour battle in the first round in Stuttgart.

Vaidisova charges into semifinalsupdated: Tue Jun 06 2006 08:36:00

Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova followed up her upset win over world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo by dazzling another grand slam champion in the French Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Mauresmo and Sharapova crash outupdated: Sun Jun 04 2006 13:48:00

World number one Amelie Mauresmo crumbled to a shock defeat at the French Open on Sunday to Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova.

Safina starts French Open with winupdated: Sun May 28 2006 07:40:00

Russian 14th seed Dinara Safina beat compatriot Vera Zvonareva 6-3 7-5 to become the first woman into the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Hingis return is gaining momentumupdated: Sun May 21 2006 12:10:00

Swiss Martina Hingis has vaulted back into the world's top 20 for the first time since quitting tennis in 2002.

Kuznetsova through to face Safinaupdated: Fri May 19 2006 09:02:00

Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova came back from the brink of defeat to beat Italian qualifier Romina Oprandi 6-4 5-7 7-6 and reach the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome on Friday.

Clijsters shaken by Safina assaultupdated: Thu May 18 2006 10:03:00

World number two Kim Clijsters suffered a surprise 6-4 7-6 defeat by Russian Dinara Safina in the last 16 of the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday.

Mauresmo cruises through to semisupdated: Fri Feb 10 2006 15:20:00

Top seed Amelie Mauresmo humbled defending champion Dinara Safina 6-2 6-2 to reach the Paris Open semifinals, where she will face compatriot Tatiana Golovin.

Sharapova slumps to Russian Safinaupdated: Fri Oct 14 2005 11:51:00

Maria Sharapova was ousted from the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals by Dinara Safina 1-6 6-4 7-5 in a battle of Russian teenagers.

Petrova goes through in Luxembourgupdated: Thu Sep 29 2005 14:00:00

Second seed Nadia Petrova strolled into the Luxembourg Open quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-1 win over Czech Kveta Peschke.

Safina handed Russia Fed Cup debutupdated: Fri Apr 22 2005 11:58:00

Fed Cup champions Russia have handed a debut to Dinara Safina, sister of Australian Open champion Marat Safin, for this weekend's tie with Italy.

'Sick' Serena withdraws from Parisupdated: Fri Feb 11 2005 11:54:00

Australian Open champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the Paris Open because she is suffering from gastro-enteritis.

Mauresmo rallies to sink Safinaupdated: Wed Jan 19 2005 03:29:00

Second seed Amelie Mauresmo survived a first set shock to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a 2-6 6-1 6-0 win over Dinara Safin.

Mauresmo saunters to title in Linzupdated: Sun Oct 31 2004 13:07:00

France's deposed world number one Amelie Mauresmo sauntered to a 14th career WTA success in Vienna, as thrashing Elena Bovina of Russia 6-2, 6-0 in the final of the Linz Open.

Clijsters back in action next weekupdated: Mon Sep 20 2004 12:59:00

Belgian former world number one Kim Clijsters has recovered from wrist surgery and will return to tennis action next week at a low-key event in her homeland.

Henin-Hardenne is next for Safinaupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 15:05:00

Russia's Dinara Safina beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-1 6-3 and set up a second-round match with world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in Florida.

Clijsters streaks into last eightupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 15:07:00

Top seed Kim Clijsters returned to winning ways after the fourth Grand Slam final loss of her career by racing into the quarterfinals of the Paris Indoor Open.

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