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  1. abbey
    abbey December 6, 2012 at 11:41 am |

    Gosh, I miss Dinara. Thanks for this.

  2. Master Ace
    Master Ace December 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    That run during the clay season in 2008 was good especially her match with Serena. Too bad that injuries caught up with Dinara after she worked herself into the top elite.

  3. Mithi
    Mithi December 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

    That was a beautiful write up. Though she was never my favorite, she was one of the girls I liked to watch. Unfair as I may have been in expecting miracles because I was a fan of her brother, I think she genuinely deserves her own space as a tennis player to remember. Her Olympics run was really special too. And memorable as someone who wanted success for her.

    Thank you for remembering her and reminding us all.

  4. victoria
    victoria December 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |

    Great article ! Dinara is really missed 🙁

  5. Sunray
    Sunray December 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm |

    This was such a great read! It made me a little teary but a lot happy.

  6. northcay
    northcay December 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm |

    Very well written. Coconut! It feels so good to know that Dinara is significant on or off tennis because that’s how she is to me. I just have a bit of a story to share: Since the first day Dinara joined twitter I’ve been following her and RTing her tweets, replying to her tweets, wishing her all the best and so on..tweets that she gets from a thousand others. She never replied and I didn’t expect her to. Then one day, I woke up and felt that I really miss seeing her play so I decided to say that I really miss her, and to my great joy, she thanked me and it boy it made my day!

  7. Juan José
    Juan José December 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm |

    Let us not forget this:

    As a huge Wipeout fan, Safina will always be on my good list.

  8. harini
    harini December 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    I miss this girl like crazy.

  9. Jewell
    Jewell December 7, 2012 at 2:48 am |


  10. Kristy
    Kristy December 7, 2012 at 8:29 am |

    Terrific, linz. Very well written. I didn’t know all of Dinara’s story and it makes very gripping reading.

  11. BS
    BS December 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |

    That was a great article Lindsay, really fantastic. It’s so unfortunate to see someone like Dinara unable to compete when it made her so happy and when she was so good at it. I was never her biggest fan, but her absence from the game has made me appreciate what she did in the sport even more, if anything. She was world number one, three-time grand slam finalist and she managed to reach the semi-finals or better of all four grand slams. It’s amazing to think of this as a disappointment when most other players would take these results in a flash. Everyone was far too hard on her during her time at the top of her game- she always gave her best and that really shouldn’t be a disappointment.

    Also thank you for bringing up the coconut story. It still remains one of the most bizarre causes of an injury in tennis and one of my favourites 🙂

  12. Karunya
    Karunya December 8, 2012 at 2:52 am |

    I miss Dinara so much after reading this. Oh and anyone reading Dinara’s blog should also read Forty Deuce’s breakdown of Safina’s epic blog post – Dinara Safina: Essayist.

  13. Aube
    Aube December 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm |

    Lovely write up Lindsay,makes you tear up,she is indeed a gold that glitters!!!

  14. Zee
    Zee February 3, 2013 at 8:47 am |

    This is a very well put together article. I thoroughly enjoyed every sentence. I am a huge Dinara fan, and I really wish she gets well enough and considers returning. Thank you for a brilliant article.

  15. Arya Tabrizi
    Arya Tabrizi February 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm |

    Beautifully written piece. Really enjoyed reading it and I didn’t know many of the things about Dinara, so thanks!

  16. Molatelo Junior Madibana (South Africa)
    Molatelo Junior Madibana (South Africa) March 19, 2013 at 8:52 am |

    i really hope she can come back and compete because she still has the potential to win a grand slam.

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