Dinara Mikhailovna Safina is a female Russian professional player. Born on April 27, 1986, to parents Mikhail and Raouza Islanova, Dinara is currently coached by Zeljko Krajan. Incidentally, her elder brother, Marat, is a former world men’s number one tennis player. Dinara started her playing with tennis balls at the age of 3, and started to take practice seriously at the age of 8.
Turning pro in 2000, Dinara marked her entry into the professional tennis world by playing her first two events in ITF Circuit in Spain. By 2001, she already won two titles in ITF Circuit: one for singles, and another one for doubles.
Two years into her professional career, Dinara managed to break into the Top 100. This was highlighted by her first WTA title won in Sopot, after winning over Henrietta Nagyova in the final game. It is because of this achievement that she became the youngest Tour winner over the past four years. She also won against Top 20 player, Silvia Farina Elia, at a young age of 16.
2006 marked her best season ever. She reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals and a Top 10 debut. She also reached the quarter finals at Roland Garros and the US Open. In 2007, Dinara had her third Top 20 finish which was highlighted by her fifth Tour singles title, and her first major doubles title.
Dinara plays right-handed with a two-handed backhand. Her preferred surface type is clay, and uses a Babolat Pure Control Zylon with Ballistic Polymono strings.
Throughout her career, she has won 14 ATP titles with on Grand Slam doubles title garnered during the 2007 U.S. Open together with partner, Nathalie Dechy. She currently ranks 9th for singles and 10th for doubles.
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