Dinara Mikhailovna Safina
(Russian: Динара Михайловна Сафина), born April 27, 1986 in Moscow, is a Russian professional tennis player of Tatar
origin. Safina's career high ranking is World No. 1.
Safina was runner up in singles at the 2008 French Open
, 2009 Australian Open
, and the 2009 French Open
, falling to Ana Ivanović
, Serena Williams
, and Svetlana Kuznetsova
, respectively. She has had success at Grand Slam
events in women's doubles by winning the 2007 US Open
with Nathalie Dechy
. She also won the Olympic silver medal in women's singles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
She is the younger sister of former World No. 1 men's player Marat Safin
. She and her brother are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No.1 rankings.
Safina's game is built on her powerful groundstrokes which are hit heavy and deep. Her forehand is the side where she hits more winners. Her backhand hits accurately and can open up the court. She also produces a high number of unforced errors. For her height, her serve has been considered lacking in power and precision. It is inconsistent, thus delivering a high number of double faults. This is often attributed to an unusually high, and therefore inconsistent ball toss. Safina's best surface is clay, while grass courts are her weakest surface. Through the years, she has struggled with the mental aspect of tennis.... Read More