Dinara Safina, tennis player
Dinara Safina is a Russian professional tennis player, Honored Master of Sports and TV commentator. She is Marat Safin’s younger sister. Dinara and her brother are the first brother-sister tandem in tennis history to both achieve No.1 rankings.
Dinara was born on April 27, 1986 in Moscow. Safina was trained by her mother when she was young. Her mother is a former Soviet tennis player and a tennis coach, who worked not only with her son and daughter, but also with other leaders of the Russian women’s tennis at the beginning of the XXI century: Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Anna Kournikova. Dinara’s father is director of the Spartak tennis club in Moscow. At the age of 8, Dinara and her family moved to Valencia, Spain, and as a result Safina speaks fluent Spanish as well as Russian and English.
Dinara is the winner of a Grand Slam in doubles (US Open-2007); three Grand Slam singles titles finalist; Grand Slam in doubles finalist (US Open-2006); Olympic medalist; winner of 21 WTA tournaments (12 – in singles); two-time winner of the Fed Cup (2005, 2008) and the Hopman Cup finalist (2009); finalist of the Junior Grand Slam singles titles (Wimbledon 2001); finalist of the junior Grand Slam in doubles (Roland Garros-2000); former eighth-ranked in doubles; former ninth-ranked in the junior singles ranking.
Safina was runner up in singles at the 2008 French Open, 2009 Australian Open, and the 2009 French Open. 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.
Safina’s idols growing up were Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport.
In 2011, after a series of unsuccessful performances Safina interrupted her career.