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Dinara Safina withdraws from Dubai

Dinara Safina

World No.2 Dinara Safina still hasn't recovered from the back injury which has been bothering her for months, and the 23-year-old Russian will skip the $2,000,000 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships which starts next week.

Because of the same injury, Safina withdrew from last year's Sony Ericsson Championships and this season's Australian Open.

Safina is hoping to return to competition in March, to play the $4.5-million BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. (source: Dinara Safina's official website, photo by chascow)

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12 thoughts on “Dinara Safina withdraws from Dubai

  1. Marija Post author

    Haha you're first comment was so raw. I remember she wasn't eager to give you an autograph but in the end she did, didn't she?

  2. jacob

    Yes, she did. However, this year, she didn't. She doesnt even look at you, and it seems as though its a hassle to sign the kids autographs. Haha, i think sometimes a raw approach is appropriate :)

  3. fyoto

    she should take a long break to heal her back and pysche,she was the butt of jokes throughout 09 so a lengthy break will do her some good.

  4. Marija Post author

    Fyoto, look she won Rome, Madrid, Portoroz, and played the finals of Sydney, Australian Open, Stuttgart, Roland Garros, and Cincinnati, so I wouldn't say her year was bad throughout. It was bad, however, that she failed to step up in the Grand Slam finals.

  5. fyoto

    she was a chicken in all slam finals she was part of,and I hope we wont see her in a final anytime soon.Sanowa spoiled two slam finals for me in 09,I couldnt stand looking at her coach and their creepy interactions.

  6. Marija Post author

    That's true, she made those finals boring, but her run to those finals was not boring at all. Safina's matches are very interesting, but yes, her Grand Slam finals were a total miss.

  7. Marine

    Yeah,it was always tragic to watch Dinara lose it in the final or semis. And I think the media pressure made the whole thing even worse. Her 2009 was pretty good considering the disappointments she had to overcome. She was working really hard and was consistent so I think she was a worthy no.1. And now she is still no.2 which is amazing. I bet Ana would be happy to swap… I hope she'll learn to handle things a bit better now, when she's not in the spotlight so much.

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