Dinara Safina hasn't competed since withdrawing from the fourth round of the Australian Open in January and resumed training only on April 3. The Russian former world No.1 entered the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart this week, the tournament at which she was runner-up last year, but will have to watch the state of her back closely in order for the potentially career-threatening injury not to reappear.
"Everybody, including my brother Marat (Safin), told me to take my time but it was really difficult because I wanted to come back on court so badly," said the 24-year-old Safina, seeded second at Stuttgart. "Right now I feel safe and comfortable, but I need to watch closely that it stays that way."
Safina is worried that the injury, which started bothering her in late 2009, could have a serious impact on her future: "My back injury is the worst you can get, because if things go wrong again, that might be it for my professional career altogether." (source: Yahoo, photo: Upali Wickramasinghe)