Dinara 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)