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Dinara Safina
Safina Roland Garros 2009 1.jpg
Nickname(s) Dina, Bean
Country  Russia
Residence Moscow, Russia
Date of birth April 27, 1986 (1986-04-27) (age 23)
Place of birth Moscow, USSR
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$9,767,469
Career record 336-149
Career titles 12 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (April 20, 2009)
Current ranking No. 2 (November 2, 2009)[1]
Grand Slam results
Australian Open F (2009)
French Open F (2008, 2009)
Wimbledon SF (2009)
US Open SF (2008)
Major tournaments
WTA Championships RR (2008)
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver medal (2008)
Career record 168–87
Career titles 8 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest ranking No. 8 (May 12, 2008)
Australian Open QF (2004, 2005)
French Open 3R (2006, 2007, 2008)
Wimbledon 3R (2005, 2008)
US Open W (2007)
Major doubles tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2008)
Last updated on: Januury 13, 2010.
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Competitor for  Russia
Silver 2008 Beijing Singles
Safina at the 2006 Australian Open.

Dinara Mikhailovna Safina (Tatar: Динара Мөбин кызы Сафина, Dinara Möbin qızı Safina; Russian: Дина́ра Миха́йловна (Муби́новна) Са́фина, born April 27, 1986 in Moscow) is a Russian professional tennis player. Currently Safina is ranked world number 2.

She has been in three Grand Slam singles finals and won the women's doubles title at 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. Her most recent achievement is runner-up in the 2009 French Open.

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 #1 rankings.[2]



Playing Style

Safina's game is built on her powerful groundstrokes which are hit heavy and flat. Her forehand is considered one of the best and is her "winner heavy" side, her backhand is hitted accurately and can open up the court which can devastate her opponents game. Due to her full power on every shot playing style she also produces a high number of unforced errors. She also has a big serve but is inconsistent most of the time thus delivering a high number of double faults. Safina's best surface are clay courts, while grass courts are her weakest surface.

Through the years her mental game significantly improved and also her speed she is also considered one of the most fit players on tour.

Early life

Safina was born in Moscow, Russia to ethnic Tatar parents. Her mother, tennis coach Rauza Islanova, was her trainer when she was younger[3][4]; while her father is director of the Spartak tennis club in Moscow.[5] Her brother, Marat, is a former world No. 1 on the ATP Tour. Speaking of growing up in such a successful tennis family, Safina stated: "Being the little sister in such a big tennis family is not an easy situation. Maybe that's why it took me longer to develop. My father is very competitive, but my parents didn't put pressure on me. I wanted to find my identity. I wanted to be something by myself, like being a big player by myself. So at the beginning I was putting too much pressure on myself. But then gradually I found myself, and I learned how to do better with that situation."[6] At age 8, Safina and her family moved to Valencia, Spain and as a result Safina speaks fluent Spanish as well as Russian and English.[7]

Previously, Safina was coached by Glen Schaap[8], former coach of Anna Chakvetadze and Nadia Petrova.[9] Her current coach is Željko Krajan, who she largely credits for her recent success, stating: "I have to thank him a lot because he made big changes in my attitude and the way I am. I am not an easy person to work with, and somehow he found a way to get to me, and he found a way to solve the problems in my head."[6] She trains in Varazdin, Croatia.[10] Her fitness coach is Dejan Vojnović, a former Croatian long-jumper.[6]

Safina's idols growing up were Steffi Graf, Jelena Jankovic, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.[11] More recently, she has stated that she idolises Rafael Nadal.[12] Safina states that she has few friends on the Tour, saying: "I'm not really looking for some friends because I have my team. I travel with my coach and my fitness coach. So, with both of them, I have enough. I don't need anyone else."[6]

Tennis career

2002–2004: Early success

Safina made her debut in the main draw of a WTA Tour tournament in May 2002, on clay at Estoril, where she lost in the semifinals.[11] She won her first title of her career in Sopot, defeating two seeds – including World No. 24 Patty Schnyder - en route to the final, which she won when opponent Henrieta Nagyová retired during the second set.[13] In doing so, she became the youngest Tour champion in four years and the first qualifier to win a title in three years.[11] She entered the top 100 on the world rankings as a result of this win.[13] Later that year, Safina made her debut at a Grand Slam, losing in the second round of the US Open to top seed and eventual champion Serena Williams 6–0, 6–1.[14] In October, in Moscow, she defeated a top 20 player for the first time, World No. 14 Silvia Farina Elia. She finished the season as World No. 68.[15]

Safina won her second title over Katarina Srebotnik at Palermo in July 2003.[16] She lost in the first round in her debuts at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, although she reached the fourth round at the US Open before losing to second seed and eventual champion Justine Henin.[17] She also made the quarterfinals in Doha,[18] Sopot[19] and Shanghai.[20] She beat world No. 11 Magdalena Maleeva in Moscow, her best win at that point.[21] She finished the season as World No. 54.[22]

At the 2004 Australian Open, Safina defeated a seed at a Grand Slam for the first time, upsetting 27th seed Amanda Coetzer in the second round before losing to second seed Kim Clijsters in the third round. However, she failed to make an impact at any of the other Grand Slams, losing in the second round of the French Open and the first round of both Wimbledon and the US Open, although she pushed eventual runner-up Elena Dementieva to three sets in the latter. She made the third final of her career and first off of clay in October at Luxembourg, losing to Alicia Molik.[23] She finished the season as World No. 44, her first time finishing in the world's top 50.

2005–2007: Top 20 mainstay

Safina continued to climb the rankings in 2005. At the Australian Open, she lost in the second round to Amélie Mauresmo. However, she defeated Mauresmo in the final in Paris three weeks later, in order to win the third title of her career.[24] This marked her first win over a player ranked in the top 5. Following her win, Safina remarked: "You can't imagine how happy I am. I can't find words to explain how I feel right now. It's by far the best day of my career. I played well, took my chances and beat a Top 5 player. It's just too much in one day."[21]

Safina won her second title of 2005 in May at Prague, defeating Zuzana Ondrášková in the final.[25] However, she then lost in the first round of the French Open to Virginie Razzano. She won a match at Wimbledon for the first time, eventually losing in the third round to top seed Lindsay Davenport.

After losing in the first round of the US Open to Maria Elena Camerin, Safina made three semifinals in the fall - in Luxembourg, the Tier I Moscow and Hasselt. In Moscow, she defeated World No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals 1–6, 6–4, 7–5, her first victory over a number one player.[26] She also played a key role in Russia's victory against France in the Fed Cup, parterning Elena Dementieva to win the doubles rubber.[27] Speaking in 2008, Safina stated: "that was a great experience in my life [...] it also boosted my confidence because I showed I could play well even with the [French] crowd against me."[6] Safina finished the year ranked World No. 20, by far her highest finish.

Safina started 2006 by losing in the second round of the Australian Open to Sofia Arvidsson. The highlight of the remainder of the spring hardcourt season was a run to the quarterfinals in Indian Wells, defeating fifth seed Anastasia Myskina before losing to Martina Hingis. On clay, Safina reached her first final at a Tier I tournament in Rome, defeating top 10 players Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, before being beaten by Hingis 6–2, 7–5.[28]

At the French Open, Safina made the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. In the fourth round, she beat fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova 7–5, 2–6, 7–5.[29] In the third set, she trailed 1–5 and was down a match point but won after almost 2½ hours of play. She went on to lose to Kuznetsova in the next round.[30] To kick off the grass court season, she reached her first grass court final at 's-Hertogenbosch, losing to Michaëlla Krajicek.[31] She then lost in the third round of Wimbledon, losing to Ana Ivanović.

The highlight of Safina's summer hardcourt season was a run to the semifinals of the Tier I Montreal, before ultimately losing to Ivanović. During the US Open, she again reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal, this time losing to top seed Amélie Mauresmo. She met with greater success in doubles, where she reached the final with partner Katarina Srebotnik. Safina reached the top ten on the singles rankings for the first time in the fall. She finished the season just outside it, at World No. 11.

Safina at the 2007 Australian Open.

Safina won her first tournament of 2007, in Gold Coast, defeating Martina Hingis in the final. Following the match, Hingis praised Safina, saying that "everyone should watch her because she's gonna be maybe even better than her brother," and that she has "more will and desire" than Safin.[32] She also won the doubles title at the tournament. She then lost in the third round of the Australian Open to Li Na.[33]

Safina reached her second final of the year at the Tier I Charleston in April, after retirements from Tatiana Golovin and Vera Zvonareva in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively.[34] In the final, she lost to Jelena Jankovic 6–2, 6–2. After reaching the quarterfinals at both Berlin and Rome, Safina lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round of the French Open. During May, she moved up to World No. 9, the highest ranking of her career at the time.

On grass, Safina lost in three sets to Jankovic in the semifinal of 's-Hertogenbosch 6–3, 3–6, 7–6(6), having had a match point in the tiebreaker. Following that loss, she was upset by Akiko Morigami in the second round of Wimbledon.

Safina lost in the fourth round of the US Open to World No. 1 and eventual champion Justine Henin.[35] At the tournament, she partnered Nathalie Dechy to win the women's doubles title, her first Grand Slam title.[36] In October, Safina achieved only her second win over a player ranked in the top 10 that season, defeating World No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze en route to the semifinals of Moscow. She finished the season as World No. 16.

2008–2009: Rise into the elite

Safina started 2008 poorly, winning just 11 of her first 21 matches. Her best result in singles play during this period was a run to the quarterfinals of Miami, defeating Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round. Safina has admitted that she was considering quitting tennis during this period.[37] Meanwhile, she won doubles titles in Gold Coast, partnering Ágnes Szávay; and in Indian Wells, partnering Elena Vesnina.

In May, at the clay-court event in Berlin, Safina defeated World No. 1 Justine Henin in the third round 5–7, 6–3, 6–1, having never beaten Henin before. This would prove to be Henin's final match before her retirement the following week. Safina went on to defeat Serena Williams for the first time in the quarterfinals 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(5), ending Williams's 17-match winning streak. She then defeated Elena Dementieva in the final to win the first Tier I title of her career. Safina retrospectively called the tournament "the key to her tennis life".[38] As the 13th seed at the French Open, Safina defeated new World No. 1 Maria Sharapova 6–7(6), 7–6(5), 6–2, having saved a match point at 5–3 down in the second set.[39] In the quarterfinals, Safina defeated Dementieva 4–6, 7–6(5), 6–0, after again saving match points at 5–2 down in the second set.[40] Then, in her first Grand Slam semifinal, Safina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova,[41] before being defeated by Ana Ivanović in the final.[42] Her results at this tournament caused her ranking to rise to World No. 9.

Safina at the Qatar Telecom German Open (Berlin)

On grass, Safina lost in the final of 's-Hertogenbosch to Tamarine Tanasugarn.[43] At Wimbledon, Safina lost in the third round to Israeli Shahar Pe'er 7–5, 6–7, 8–6 in 3 hours, 25 minutes. She had saved a match point in the second set and served for the match in the third set at 5–4, but experienced cramp towards the end of the match.[44]

At Los Angeles in July, Safina defeated top-seeded Jelena Janković in the semifinals before claiming her second title of the year by defeating Flavia Pennetta in the final.[45] The following week, Safina won the Tier I Montreal, defeating Dominika Cibulková in the final. This marked the first time in her career that she had won titles at back-to-back tournaments,[46] and it moved her up to World No. 6, her highest career ranking at the time. She also won the US Open Series as a result of this victory.[47]

Representing Russia at the Beijing Olympics, Safina defeated World No. 1 Janković in the quarterfinals in three sets, making her the first player in the history of the WTA Tour to defeat three different reigning World No. 1 players in the same year.[48] In the semifinals, she defeated Li Na in straight sets. In the gold medal match, Safina lost to Dementieva in three sets while serving 17 double faults.[49] She went into the US Open as one of five women who could have taken the World No. 1 ranking, depending on their results in this tournament. However, she lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion Serena Williams. After this tournament, her ranking rose to a career high of World No. 5.

Safina won her third Tier I title of the year and fourth title overall in Tokyo in September, defeating Kuznetsova in the final.[50] This win moved her ranking to a new career-high of World No. 3, before later briefly becoming the World No. 2 in October. She qualified for the year-ending WTA Tour Championships for the first time in her career, but she lost all three of her round robin matches. She finished the year ranked World No. 3, the first time she had finished a year in the world's top 10.

Safina began 2009 by representing Russia with her brother Marat Safin in the Hopman Cup. They lost to the Slovakian team in the final.[51]

Safina played her first WTA Tour tournament of the season in Sydney, where she lost in the final to Elena Dementieva.[52] At the Australian Open, Safina defeated Alizé Cornet in the fourth round 6–2, 2–6, 7–5 after having been down 5–2 and facing two match points in the third set.[53] Safina defeated the Australian wild card entry Jelena Dokic in the quarterfinals and Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals to reach the second Grand Slam final of her career.[54] She lost to Serena Williams in the final in 59 minutes.[55] Had Safina won the tournament, she would have assumed the World No. 1 ranking.[56] After losing early in Dubai to Virginie Razzano,[57] Safina went on to the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells, where she reached the quarterfinals before losing to Victoria Azarenka.[58] Safina would have replaced Serena Williams as the World No. 1 player had she reached the final of this tournament.[58] At another mandatory event, Miami, Safina lost in the third round to Australia's Samantha Stosur.[59]

On April 20, Safina became the 19th player, and second Russian after Maria Sharapova, to be ranked World No. 1 by the WTA Tour.[60] Safina and her brother Marat Safin are the first ever brother-sister World No. 1 pair, with Safin having been ranked World No. 1 by the ATP earlier in his career.[2]

Safina started the clay season with fresh determination to win a Grand Slam.[61] Playing in her first tournament as the World No. 1, Safina lost in the final of the indoor clay court event in Stuttgart to Svetlana Kuznetsova.[62] The following week in Rome, Safina defeated Venus Williams in the semifinals,[63] and Kuznetsova in the final.[64] Safina then advanced to the final at the inaugural mandatory Madrid event, where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki to win her second consecutive title.[65] As the top seed and overwhelming favourite[66] at the French Open, Safina dropped just five games in advancing to the quarterfinals.[67] She eventually advanced to her third Grand Slam final and second straight French Open final,[68] where she lost to Kuznetsova in straight sets. Safina double faulted on match point and she[69] stated after the match that she put "too much pressure" on herself.[70]

At Wimbledon, Safina advanced to the fourth round for the first time, where she defeated 2006 champion Amélie Mauresmo.[71] She went on to reach the semifinals before losing to Venus Williams 6–1, 6–0, marking the fewest games won by a reigning World No. 1.[72] Due to this her performance invoked criticism about her status as the No. 1 player.[73][74]

After winning a small tournament in Portoroz,[75] Safina failed to defend her title in Los Angeles.[76] Despite this, she became the first player to qualify for the WTA Tour Championships.[77] The following week in Cincinnati, Safina advanced to her eighth final of the season,[78] losing to Jelena Janković.[79] Safina was the top seed at the 2009 U.S. Open, but lost in the third round to Petra Kvitová. Safina later complained about the decision to move the match from Arthur Ashe Stadium to Louis Armstrong Stadium.[80]

Following back-to-back second round losses in Tokyo and Beijing, Safina lost the No. 1 rank to Serena Williams. She regained it two weeks later on October 26.[81] At the 2009 Sony Ericsson Championships, she had a chance to end the season as No. 1 for the first time in her career, but retired due to a back injury in her first round robin match, which she claimed had been bothering her for three months.[82]


Safina started 2010 by losing in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion Elena Dementieva in Sydney.[83] At the Australian Open, she reached the fourth round where she retired with a back injury[84] which also forced her to withdraw from tournaments in Dubai , Indian Wells, and Miami.


  • Junior Girls Wimbledon Runner-Up
  • WTA Most Improved Player Of The Year
  • Russian Cup Awards Breakthrough of the Year
  • US Open Series
  • Russian Cup Awards Achievement of the Year

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles (3)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2008 French Open Clay Serbia Ana Ivanović 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 Australian Open Hard United States Serena Williams 6–0, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 French Open Clay Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2

Doubles (2)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 2006 US Open Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik France Nathalie Dechy
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6, 7–5
Winner 2007 US Open Hard France Nathalie Dechy Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan
Chinese Taipei Chia-Jung Chuang
6–4, 6–2

Career finals (32)

Singles (24)

Wins (12)

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Olympic Silver (1)
Tier I (3) Premier Mandatory (1)
Tier II (2) Premier 5 (1)
Tier III (2) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (2) International (1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (5)
Grass (0)
Clay (6)
Carpet (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. July 27, 2002 Sopot, Poland Clay Slovakia Henrieta Nagyová 6–3, 4–0 retired
2. July 13, 2003 Palermo, Italy Clay Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik 6–3, 6–4
3. February 13, 2005 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Amélie Mauresmo 6–4, 2–6, 6–3
4. May 15, 2005 Prague, Czech Republic Clay Czech Republic Zuzana Ondrášková 7–6(2), 6–3
5. January 6, 2007 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
6. May 11, 2008 Berlin, Germany Clay Russia Elena Dementieva 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
7. July 27, 2008 Los Angeles, USA Hard Italy Flavia Pennetta 6–4, 6–2
8. August 3, 2008 Montreal, Canada Hard Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 6–2, 6–1
9. September 21, 2008 Tokyo, Japan Hard Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 6–3
10. May 9, 2009 Rome, Italy Clay Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–3, 6–2
11. May 17, 2009 Madrid, Spain Clay Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–4
12. July 26, 2009 Portorož, Slovenia Hard Italy Sara Errani 6–7(5), 6–1, 7–5

Runner-ups (12)

No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. October 31, 2004 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Australia Alicia Molik 6–3, 6–4
2. May 21, 2006 Rome, Italy Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–2, 7–5
3. June 24, 2006 s-'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek 6–3, 6–4
4. April 15, 2007 Charleston, USA Clay Serbia Jelena Janković 6–2, 6–2
5. June 7, 2008 French Open, Paris, France Clay Serbia Ana Ivanović 6–4, 6–3
6. June 21, 2008 s-'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn 7–5, 6–3
7. August 17, 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing, China Hard Russia Elena Dementieva 3–6, 7–5, 6–3
8. January 16, 2009 Sydney, Australia Hard Russia Elena Dementieva 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
9. January 30, 2009 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard United States Serena Williams 6–0, 6–3
10. May 3, 2009 Stuttgart, Germany Clay (i) Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–3
11. June 6, 2009 French Open, Paris, France Clay Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–4, 6–2
12. August 16, 2009 Cincinnati, USA Hard Serbia Jelena Jankovic 6–4, 6–2

Women's doubles (8)

Wins (8)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. September 26, 2004 Beijing, China Hard Switzerland Emmanuelle Gagliardi Argentina Gisela Dulko
Venezuela Maria Vento-Kabchi
6–4, 6–4
2. June 18, 2005 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Spain Anabel Medina Garrigues Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
6–4, 2–6, 7–6(11)
3. January 7, 2006 Gold Coast, Australia Hard United States Meghann Shaughnessy Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–3
4. February 19, 2006 Antwerp, Belgium Carpet Indoor Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik France Stéphanie Foretz
Netherlands Michaëlla Krajicek
6–1, 6–1
5. January 6, 2007 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Russia Galina Voskoboeva
6–3, 6–4
6. September 9, 2007 US Open, New York City Hard France Nathalie Dechy Chinese Taipei Yung-Jan Chan
Chinese Taipei Chia-Jung Chuang
6–4, 6–2
7. January 5, 2008 Gold Coast, Australia Hard Hungary Ágnes Szávay People's Republic of China Yan Zi
People's Republic of China Zheng Jie
6–1, 6–2
8. March 22, 2008 Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Russia Elena Vesnina People's Republic of China Yan Zi
People's Republic of China Zheng Jie
6–1, 1–6, [10-8]

Runner-ups (1)

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in Final Score in Final
1. September 7, 2006 US Open,New York City Hard Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik France Nathalie Dechy
Russia Vera Zvonareva
7–6, 7–5

Singles performance timeline

To help interpret the performance table, the legend below explains what each abbreviation and color coded box represents in the performance timeline.

Terms to know
SR the ratio of the number of singles tournaments
won to the number of those tournaments played
W-L player's Win-Loss record
Performance Table Legend
NH tournament not held in that calendar year A did not participate in the tournament
LQ lost in qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = round robin)
QF advanced to but not past the quarterfinals SF advanced to but not past the semifinals
F advanced to the final, tournament runner-up W won the tournament
NM5 means an event that is neither a Premier Mandatory nor a Premier 5 tournament.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament when the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2010 Australian Open, which ended January 31, 2010.

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Career
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 3R 2R 2R 3R 1R F 4R 0 / 8 15–8
French Open A A A 1R 2R 1R QF 4R F F 0 / 7 20–7
Wimbledon A A LQ 1R 1R 3R 3R 2R 3R SF 0 / 8 14–8
US Open A A 2R 4R 1R 1R QF 4R SF 3R 0 / 8 18–8
SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 31 N/A
Win-Loss 0–0 0–0 3–2 3–4 3–4 3–4 11–4 9–4 13–4 19–4 3–1 N/A 67–31
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A RR RR 0 / 2 0–4
WTA Premier Mandatory Tournaments
Indian Wells A A A 1R A 3R QF 3R 3R QF A 0 / 6 9–6
Key Biscayne A A A 2R 2R 2R 2R 4R QF 3R A 0 / 7 7–7
Madrid Not Held W 1 / 1 5–0
Beijing Not Held Not Tier I 2R 0 / 1 1–1
WTA Premier 5 Tournaments
Dubai Not Tier I 2R A 0 / 1 0–1
Rome A A A 2R 2R A F QF A W 1 / 5 16–4
Cincinnati Not Held Not Tier I F 0 / 1 4–1
Montréal / Toronto A A A A A 2R SF 3R W 2R 1 / 5 11–4
Tokyo A A A A A A A A W 2R 1 / 2 4–1
Former WTA Tier I Tournaments (currently neither Premier Mandatory nor Premier 5 events)
Charleston A A A A A A QF F 3R NM5 0 / 3 7–3
Moscow A LQ 2R 2R 2R SF 1R SF SF 0 / 8 12–8
Doha Not Tier I 3R Not Held 0 / 1 2–1
Berlin A A A 2R 1R 2R QF QF W 1 / 6 15–5
San Diego Not Tier I A 3R 1R 3R Not
NM5 0 / 3 3–3
Zürich A A A A A A A 1R Not
Tier I
Not Held 0 / 1 0–1
Career Statistics
Tournaments Won 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 4 3 0 N/A 12
Overall Win-Loss 5–2 10–5 39–8 25–15 24–20 36–20 44–21 43–22 55–20 55–16 4–2 N/A 340–151
Match winning percentage 71% 67% 83% 63% 55% 64% 68% 66% 73% 77% 67% N/A 69%
Year End Ranking None 392 68 54 44 20 11 15 3 2 N/A N/A

WTA Tour career earnings

Year Grand Slam
singles titles
singles titles
singles titles
Earnings ($) Money list rank
2001-02 0 1 1 117,690 n/a
2003 0 1 1 188,874 62
2004 0 0 0 258,627 44
2005 0 2 2 478,417 28
2006 0 0 0 855,106 11
2007 0 1 1 1,017,267 11
2008 0 4 4 2,541,270 5
2009 0 3 3 4,310,218 2
2010* 0 0 0 90,657 19
Career 0 12 12 9,858,126 18

Head-to-head record against other players

Safina's win-loss record against certain players who have been ranked World No. 10 or higher or below is as follows:[85]

Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.


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Dinara Safina

Dinara Mikhailovna Safina Russian: Дина́ра Миха́йловна (Муби́новна) Са́фина), born April 27, 1986, is a Russian professional tennis player of Tatar ethnicity. She was born in Moscow, Russia. She is the younger sister of former world number one men's player, Marat Safin. She was coached by Glen Schaap, former trainer of Nadia Petrova. Her new coach is Željko Krajan. Her mother, Rauza Islanova used to be her trainer when she was younger and still gives advice to Dinara. Dinara Safina's father is director of the Spartak tennis club in Moscow. She has won one Grand Slam title, the women's double title at the 2007 U.S. Open with her partner Nathalie Dechy. She also reached the final of the French Open in 2008, losing to current World No. 1 Ana Ivanović.

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