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World No. 1 Dinara Safina and No. 3-ranked Venus Williams were eliminated in second-round play Monday at the $4.5 million China Open in Beijing. It was the second consecutive week Safina and Williams were dismissed in the early rounds.
World No. 1 Dinara Safina was bounced from the $2 million Toray Pan Pacific Open Monday by the No. 132nd-ranked played. Safina, whose play has been erratic despite her top ranking, fell 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5 to qualifier Kai-Chen Chang. The loss dropped Safina to 2-3 over her last three tournaments.
Dinara Safina continues to hold the No. 1 women's ranking but countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova slipped two places in the Top Ten this week. Safina's lead over second-ranked Serena Williams narrowed to 533 points with No.
Top-ranked Dinara Safina overcame a shaky start Tuesday to win her first-round match against Australian teenager Olivia Rogowska in the U.S.
Dinara Safina, the top-ranked player in women's tennis, will be the No. 1 seed when the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Dinara Safina, ranked No. 1 but still looking for her first Grand Slam title, was given the top seeding for the women's draw of the 2009 U.S.
World No. 1 Dinara Safina of Russia lost to France's Aravane Rezai 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in a second-round match Wednesday at the women's Rogers Cup at Toronto. Safina, the defending champion, committed 17 double faults and was broken eight times. She joined No. 3 Venus Williams and former world No.
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia cruised to a two-set win over Dinara Safina Sunday in the title match of the Western & Southern Financial Group Open in Ohio. Jankovic posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory to earn her second title this season and the 11th of her WTA career. The 24-year-old Jankovic is 3-3 against Safina, who holds the world No.
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