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Lay off Dinara Safina

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Safina reacts during her match against Barrois at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New YorkI have had enough of the unfair abuse she is getting so I’m starting the ”lay-off Dinara Safina” campaign.

The woman has had enough mocking for being world number one despite her failure to win a grand slam title. If she was 31 I may have some sympathy but she is only 23! Her ranking shouldn’t be a noose to be used to hang her with, instead she should be praised for her successful year.

 

If she was world number two and yet to be number one, she would be championed as a future slam winner, much like Andy Murray on the men’s tour. Labelling her as the worst number one in the sports history, as she has been by some media and fans, is ridiculous.

 

Being number one at a sport takes a scary amount of talent and an even greater amount of dedication. World number two Serena Williams, who has been vocal about her belief that she should be number one, certainly has the skills, 11 majors qualifies that argument, but if she wants to play fewer tournaments than most on the WTA tour then she will always struggle to become top dog.

Expect Federer v Murray to decide US Open again

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federermurrayThe final grand slam tournament of the year, which begins on Monday at Flushing Meadows, will welcome the world’s two highest ranked players in intimidating form.

Two Masters tournaments, the level below a grand slam, have been played this month with Murray triumphing in Montreal and Federer in Cincinnati

Federer is still the daddy

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federer2All eyes will be on new dad Roger Federer at the U.S. Open next week to see if he really can combine nappy changing duties with a successful run to another grand slam title.

The five-times Flushing Meadows champion, whose wife Mirka gave birth to twins Charlene Riva and Myla Rose last month, will be aiming to become the first parent to win a tennis major since 2003.

Flippers and snorkel required at U.S. Open

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A member of the grounds crew rolls water off the 10th green during third round play in the U.S. Open golf championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale

Lengthy rain delays along with saturated greens and fairways resembling attractions at a water theme park have sorely tested the patience of the players at this week’s U.S. Open.

The second major championship of the year is already heading for at least a Monday finish with the chance of a sixth day should a playoff be needed to decide the title.

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