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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
World No. 2 Dinara Safina has been forced to pull out of next week's Dubai Tennis Championships due to her ongoing back problems.
It was predictable that Dinara Safina would struggle at the U.S. Open.
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 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.
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.
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 Williams regained her world No. 1 women's tennis ranking after cruising into the third round of the China Open on Tuesday.
World number one Dinara Safina and third seed Venus Williams crashed out in major upsets at the China Open in Beijing on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Clijsters saw her comeback run ended by world number one Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament in Cincinnati.
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.
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.
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.
WIMBLEDON, England -- While marveling at Venus Williams's play on grass....
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
World number one Dinara Safina defeated Russian compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-2 on Saturday to lift the WTA Rome Masters claycourt title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rafael Nadal will become No. 1 in the rankings Monday, and he is No. 1 at the Olympics.
Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva will contest an all-Russian final in the Olympic tennis tournament in Beijing.
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.
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.
My Wednesday Baguette from Paris:
My Tuesday Baguette from Paris:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
World number one Amelie Mauresmo crumbled to a shock defeat at the French Open on Sunday to Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova.
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.
Swiss Martina Hingis has vaulted back into the world's top 20 for the first time since quitting tennis in 2002.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Sharapova was ousted from the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals by Dinara Safina 1-6 6-4 7-5 in a battle of Russian teenagers.
Second seed Nadia Petrova strolled into the Luxembourg Open quarterfinals with a 6-3 6-1 win over Czech Kveta Peschke.
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.
Australian Open champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the Paris Open because she is suffering from gastro-enteritis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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