Sunday, August 3, 2008

'Someday they'll be calling me Dinara's big brother'

That was a quote made a few years ago by Marat Safin in regard to his baby sis.

If she keeps going the way she's been going this year, by next year that could definitely be the case. Dinara Safina won her third title of the year today, beating Dominika Cibulkova at the Rogers Cup.

Now, I have a thought on the Safin, Safina siblings: She's showing way more fight and desire than her brother has shown over most of his career, if not all of it. I like Marat, but look, when have you had the feeling that he wanted it more than anything? He's got two Majors, when he should at least have about six or seven (the final loss to Thomas Johansson at the '02 Aussie was horrible).

Every time Dinara's out there now, I get the impression she'll do whatever it takes to win and she's definitely the best player on the women's tour right now.

I don't want it to seem like I was taking a dig at Marat in the previous paragraph. I was just saying as far as I'm concerned, she has definitely stepped out of his shadow with the way she's going about the game, and here's to hoping she keeps it up!

(Photo: Getty Images)


freakyfrites said...

Safina is definitely starting to stand on her own - there's no doubt in my mind she's going to back this fantastic run up with a Major title sometime soon.

Do you think that her success and dedication may have inspired Marat to play so well at Wimbledon this year? I don't have siblings, so I can't say from experience, but I have a feeling that big brothers don't like to be outshone by lil' sis.

van said...

I'm a big brother, and I like to think I wouldn't worry about being outshone by my sister, but who knows?

I'm beginning to think the Wimbledon run was just based on sheer talent. When he was starting to win a few matches during the clay-court season, I was wondering if he could make it to the top 10 by the end of the year. Then he made that Wimbledon run, and I thought for sure he's on his way. Now, I'm backtracking on that train of thought.

There's only about 5 or 6 guys Marat should lose to on any surface: None of them being the guys he's lost to since Wimbledon.

Jodi said...

I think I can tell you why Safin lost in '02... it was all over the media here, in a sort of tongue in cheek way. That was the year of the 'blontourage,' when he had all those blondes in his players box. Draw conclusions as you will... but the media here decided Marat was just too loved up!

van said...

Ha! I forgot about that! I guess you have to say he doesn't let tennis dictate his life!

Naf said...

I remember when Marat said that! And I thought he was just being nice.