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Entries in Dinara Safina (5)


Tweets Of The Week: Starving For Success, Sweaty Men, and Late Night Cooking... 

No doubt Sloane Stephens is going through a rough patch at the moment, but we sure hope she isn't literally starving herself in order to get her game back on track! 

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Oh Dinara

Dinara Safina went on the Russian version of "Wipe Out" and did just that.    She gets punched, stuck in mud, and takes some pretty nasty falls, all for our entertainment.  But seriously, as funny as the video is, that shiz can't be good for her back.


BNP Paribas Open Results 3/14

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I'm hesitant to say it, but Dinara Safina might be back.   After being sidelined for most of 2010 due to a back injury, and even considering retirement after her embarrassing double bagel loss to Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open, Dinara is now into the 4th round at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Sam Stosur yesterday in straight sets.  Today will be a test of her resolve when she plays fellow Russian Maria Sharapova who has been struggling to come back from a shoulder injury.   

All the results from yesterday after the jump!

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Australian Open: Women's First Round Matches To Watch

2nd verse, same as the first.  Here are the women's matches to watch in the 1st round.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Gisela Dulko -  She's the World Number 1 without a Slam, and she might say that she doesn't "need to prove anything to anybody," but when she takes center stage tomorrow on Rod Laver Arena her critics will be watching.  2011 hasn't been kind to the Dane, losing exhibition matches to Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters, and then losing in the 1st round in Sydney to Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets.  Dulko, the top ranked doubles player is ranked only 48 in singles and shouldn't prove to be an obstacle.  The last time they met was in 2008 and Wozniacki won easily, but, pressure is a bitch, no matter what you say.

Yanina Wickmayer vs Jarmila Groth -  Wickmayer is the seeded player, but Groth is coming off her 2nd WTA title at Hobart.  They've only met once before in 2009 which Wickmayer won in 3 sets, but I just have the feeling that Groth is going to have a great 2011.  I'm betting on Jarmila.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs Qualifier -  I'm not sure who she is playing (qualifying is complete, but I'm too lazy too look), but this is the first time the she has ever been to the main event.  So far this year, she defeated Francesa Schiavone during the Hopman Cup, and she was a finalist at Hobart.  I hope she can keep up her momentum and make it to the 2nd round.

Kimiko Date-Krumm vs Agnieszka Radwanska -  Date-Krumm was representing for women in their 40s in 2010, upsetting the younger WTA players left and right.  Radwanska ended 2010 with a stress fracture and wasn't even supposed to play in the AO.   Her practices are apparently going well, but I'm still putting my money on Kimiko.   This is partly because I am closer to her age than Radwanska and I need to believe that she can still do it, and partly because I really think she can.

and last but certainly not least

Kim Clijsters vs Dinara Safina - Need I say more?


NEW MOM vs. NEW "IT GIRL": Clijsters defeats Wozniacki in Straight Sets

US Open Day 14

A HUGE shout out to all the working moms out there!! Kim Clijsters, only 3 tourneys back from a 2 year retirement, and the mother of 18 month old Jada, overpowered Caroline Wozniacki to claim the US Open Women's Title. She is the only mother to win a Grand Slam since Australian Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

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