Safina to miss rest of year with back injury

Former world number one Dinara Safina will not play again this year because of persistent back pain.

Former number one Safina takes early US Open exit

Former world number one Dinara Safina suffered another early exit from a grand-slam event when she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Slovakia`s Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of the US Open on Monday.

Pain-free Safina looking to rediscover Montreal magic

Former world number one Dinara Safina celebrated her return to Stade Uniprix with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Germany`s Andrea Petkovic at the Montreal Cup and declared herself 100-percent pain-free after a horror run of injuries.

Eager Dementieva ready for return from calf injury

Elena Dementieva, who missed Wimbledon with an injury, returns to action as one of the top seeds at this week’s Bank of the West Classic where she will look to tune up her game ahead of the US Open.

Safina ruled out of Wimbledon with back injury

Russia`s former world number one Dinara Safina has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of injury, tournament organisers said on Saturday.

Hobbling Date Krumm, 39, stuns Safina in Paris

Japan`s Kimiko Date Krumm made a mockery of a 15-year age gap by stunning former world number one and last year`s runner-up Dinara Safina 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the French Open first round on Tuesday.

Defending Madrid champion Safina dumped out

Dinara Safina’s French Open preparations suffered a shock setback when she lost 7-6 7-6 to Czech qualifier Klara Zakopalova in the Madrid Open first round on Monday.

Safina refuses to give herself a break

Dinara Safina might excel at taking breaks from opponents on court, but she is not so good at cutting herself some slack off it.

Safina pulls out of Indian Wells with back injury

World number two Dinara Safina has pulled out of next week`s Indian Wells tournament because of persistent problems with a back injury, the Russian said on Wednesday.

Safina pulls out of Dubai with back injury

World number two Dinara Safina has pulled out of next week`s Dubai tennis championships because of continuing problems with a back injury, the Russian said on Monday.

Elite trio exit Australian Open

The Australian Open claimed three high-profile victims on Sunday as the demands of the first grand slam of the year left players battling exhaustion and agonising pain.

Safina advances, Jankovic out of Australian Open

Dinara Safina advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday, winning her first match on the major`s marquee court since her lopsided loss to Serena Williams in last year`s final.

Safina overcomes late resistance to advance

Dinara Safina overcame a minor stumble when serving for the match before advancing to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Wednesday.

Russia without leading players for Fed Cup opener

Russia will be without their leading players for next month’s Fed Cup first-round tie against Serbia, team captain Shamil Tarpishchev said on Monday.

Safina says she`s fit for delayed start in Sydney

Dinara Safina is preparing for her delayed start to the new season, confirming her participation in the Medibank International next week, a last-chance tune-up for the Australian Open.

Injured Safina withdraws from Australian Open warmup

A back injury has forced Russia`s Dinara Safina to pull out of next month`s Brisbane International, one of the main leadup events to the Australian Open.

Safina hopes to play ahead of Australian Open

Two days after tearfully pulling out of the WTA Championships with a serious back injury which she thought could jeopardize her Australian Open campaign in January, Dinara Safina has entered the Brisbane International.

World No.1 Safina retires injured against Jankovic

World number one Dinara Safina was forced to quit in her opening round-robin match against Jelena Jankovic at the WTA Championsips on Wednesday, walking off in tears with a back injury at 1-1 in the first set.

Dinara Safina shrugs off the cynics again

Five good matches at this week`s WTA Championships should confirm Dinara Safina as the first Russian woman to end the year as world number one but whatever happens she knows some people will never be satisfied.

Safina reclaims world number one spot on eve of Doha

Russian Dinara Safina reclaimed first place in the WTA world rankings on Monday, edging back in front of Serena Williams on the eve of the season-ending Tour Championships in Doha.