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2009-10-05 11:06:57

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. They were beaten in second-round matches in Tokyo last week after receiving first-round byes and have both lost three of their last four matches. Safina staggered through 13 double faults in losing to qualifier Shuai Zhang 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Zhang is ranked 226th...

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2009-09-28 07:27:21

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. All five matches went three sets. Monday, Safina managed eight aces but more than offset those with nine double faults. She led 5-3 in the third set before Chang ran off four consecutive games to...

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2009-09-21 07:09:03

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. 3 Venus Williams another 1,162 points behind her sister to control the top of the rankings. Kuznetsova, one of three Russians in the Top 10, is 8-6 since beating Safina in the finals at Wimbledon and dropped two spots in rankings released Monday, going from fourth to sixth....

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2009-09-01 17:15:05

Top-ranked Dinara Safina overcame a shaky start Tuesday to win her first-round match against Australian teenager Olivia Rogowska in the U.S. Open. The heavily favored Russian dropped the first set 6-7 (5-7) before rebounding to grab the next two sets 6-2, 6-4. Rogowska stuck around for 2 hours, 35 minutes while Safina committed 11 double faults and 48 unforced errors. The Aussie teen double-faulted 13 times, made 65 unforced errors and had her serve broken nine times. Safina, who was the...

2009-08-27 19:08:46

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. starts Monday. The Moscow native goes into the Open having been a finalist at this year's Australian and French Opens and a semifinalist at Wimbledon. Her first opponent in the upper half of the women's draw will be Australian Olivia Rogowska. Her draw includes No. 5 Jelena Jankovic, a former world No. 1 Olympic gold medalist, fellow Russians Elena...

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2009-08-25 14:55:52

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. Open tournament. Safina has played well enough to reach the top of the tennis world but is 0-3 in major tournament finals and advanced only as far as the semifinals in previous tournaments at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That blot on her resume has led some -- notably No. 2-ranked and defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams -- to doubt Safina's...

2009-08-19 18:00:00

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. 1 Kim Clijsters in the loser's column on the hard courts in Toronto. It wasn't my serve, it was my brain, Safina told the Toronto Star. I knew what I had to do (but) did the exact opposite. I tried to not...

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2009-08-16 18:45:03

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. 1 ranking in women's tennis. Jankovic won $350,000. Safina, of Russia, was trying for her 13th WTA title.


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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