Safina seals Beijing semis berth
Dinara Safina, who only made the Russian squad when compatriot Anna Chakvetadze withdrew, is through to the semi-finals of the Olympic tennis event in Beijing after beating newly-crowned world No.1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2 5-7 6-3.
Dinara Safina has been in the form of her life in recent weeks, winning the US Open Series before heading out to China, and extends her winning streak to 14 matches.
Dinara Safina dictated the majority of play throughout the match, with Jankovic taking control of proceedings for a time early in the second set. In the decider, Safina’s superior fitness was the difference as she overpowered the Serb.
Safina joins compatriots Elena Dementieva and Vera Zvonareva in the semi-finals, and will face China’s Na Li for a shot at the gold. Should Safina reach the final, a Russian clean-sweep of the women’s singles tennis medals remains a possibility.
The women’s singles final has now been moved to Sunday alongside the men’s gold medal match. Safina and Jankovic’s quarter-final match had been held over until Friday after torrential rainfall played havoc with the tournament schedule, putting the semis and medal matches a day behind.
- Join the tennishead CLUB and receive £250/$350 of FREE GEAR including ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 trainers, shorts, shirt & socks
- Keep up to date with the breaking news & tennis action at our tennis news section
- Win amazing prizes by entering our competitions
- Learn more about your favourite players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Check out the latest tennis equipment with our tennis gear reviews
- Receive regular updates in our legendary free newsletter
- Read in depth features with stunning photography in tennishead magazine
- Can’t visit the tournaments you love? Check out our guide on how to watch tennis on TV
- Don’t miss a thing with our Live Scores service
- Follow tennishead on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
- EXCLUSIVE 5% DISCOUNT for all tennishead readers on tennis rackets, balls, clothing, shoes & accessories with All Things Tennis, our dedicated tennis gear partner