Saturday, June 6, 2009

It's The Same Old Song...

by Savannah

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Svetlana says you played with too much pressure. Do you agree with her? Is that the reason you couldn't find yourgame, especially your serve?

DINARA SAFINA: Well, pressure I put on myself because Ireally wanted to win. I just didn'thandle it.

Q. You were especially struggling with your serve?

DINARA SAFINA: As you can see.

Q. How did you feel on court? Youlooked desperately around like, where can I find my strokes, my rhythm?

DINARA SAFINA: Yeah, I didn't ‑‑ that's exactly. I was a little bit desperate on the court,and didn't do the things that I was ‑‑ I had to do. Didn't stay tough mentally.

Q. Is there any comfort to you that she played a very good match. It wasn't like she put you in a position towin but you didn't win. Does that makeit any easier for you, or...

DINARA SAFINA: No, because she gave me chances and I had chances. She was not so aggressive as she usually be. I just didn't do anything.

Q. You basically beat yourself?

DINARA SAFINA: I lost myself.

Why is it that when Dinara Safina gives her version of "She didn't beat me I beat myself" it's okay but when Serena Williams says the same thing it's proof of, oh I don't know, her arrogance and lack of class? I'm just sayin'.


Karen said...

Morning Savannah. Actually someone posted that exact same interview over at Tennis World and you could hear crickets chirping because nobody wanted to answer that one. Same opponent, same results, different players, but everyone says Serena is arrogant and classless for saying it, but all you hear is aaaah poor Dinara, she is just so cute for saying that she lost myself. Whatever. She got beat fair and square. She needs to stop calling down that coach from hell during regular tour events, then maybe she can win a major.

Kia said...

You're preaching to the choir but amen!

I peruse lots of boards but don't engage with the hypocrisy (and as we know sometimes out right racism) that typifies some of the Serena discussions.

Given the history of toxic player/coach relationships let's hope the dynamic between Safina and Zelko isn't as warped as it appears.

Savannah said...

It's because all I heard were crickets that I posted this. Double standard? Hypocrisy? Racism? Any combination of the above? Take your pick. The WTA #1 ranked player broke down on court DURING HER MATCH because she had no idea what to do and she couldn't call her Svengali down to calm her nerves and tell her what to do and no one thinks this is reflective of problems in the WTA that go beyond the ranking system?

Dinara had that great come back against Maria Sharapova without Krajan as her coach IIRC. The woman used to be able to think her way through a match. WTH happened?

vw said...

I saw that. I am not a Safina fan at all. She is a spoiled brat who cannot think for herself, who the masses believe should win because she came out of the same womb Marat did. Ridiculous. Sveta and Serena played the final.

Savannah said...

You'd be surprised how much drama came my way for saying the Sveta/Serena match was the real Women's Final.

Nicole said...


You keep up the good work. Keep telling truth to the masses. I like Dinara, but Serena beat the snot out of her at the AO final. How could Serena not feel she is the number 1 and not the number 2.

Also, u will see the hypocrisy in full when these brash new youngsters get more attention. They are going to say the craziest things. Watch and see. They already act crazy on the court. Watch Azarenka's career. I believe wholeheartedly that she will win multiple grand-slams and when she hits the valley watch how she reacts. She is a fighter and fighters do not like to loose.

Also, don't go away that long during a grandslam. I was getting worried about u.

Craig Hickman said...

Crickets is all you will ever hear. I mentioned Safina's recent interviews as well and no one knew what the hell I was talking about.

You posted excerpts of the transcripts and they speak for themselves.

Safina is turning herself into the butt of a joke. And I used to kind of like her.

Veruca Salt said...

Thanks you SO much for this post Samantha. It is a double standard when it comes to Serena vs. anybody else playing tennis.

Frankly I'm sick of Safina and her whining. She either needs to buck up or shut up.

Savannah said...

The next time someone posts a whine about Serena's comments I'm going to throw this interview right in their teeth and ask them to explain what the difference is between what Dinara says/has said and what Serena says/has said.