Safina out to break grand slam duck


Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:29

The Russian, who rose to the top of the rankings a little over a month ago, has reached two grand slam finals but is yet to land a Major.

“I think if I continue playing like I have been for the last three weeks, I have a very good chance,” she said.

“I just want to focus one step at a time. I don’t know when it (a Major title) will come. Maybe here.

“This year I have played a few more tournaments and I’ve been playing better than last year. So I’m really looking forward to the start of the French Open.”

Safina will begin her campaign with a first-round match against London’s Anne Keothavong.

The British number one this week reached the semi-finals of the Warsaw Open, where she lost to Alona Bondarenko in straight sets, but it will be a tough ask to oust Safina.

“It’s probably the toughest draw you could ask for,” said Keothavong.

“She’s definitely the favourite for the title and she’s a player who’s done consistently the best this year.

“It’s definitely a tough draw but I’ve got nothing to lose. I can just go out there and enjoy it.”


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