Dinara Safina Looks To Get Over Final Hurdle

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IMarch 16, 2010

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24:  Dinara Safina of Russia seeks medical attention during her fourth round match against Maria Kirilenko of Russia during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Dinara Safina of Russia will be looking to get over that final hurdle and win her 1st Grand Slam title this season. Safina the sister of 2 time men’s Grand Slam champion Marat Safin, reached her 1st Grand Slam final at the French Open in 2008 however she lost in straight sets to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Safina then reached the final at the Australian Open last year but fell short in the championship match against Serena Williams. The Russian once again managed to reach the French Open final in 2009 but she fell short in the final to her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. It was a 2nd Grand Slam title for Kuznetsova who also managed to win the US Open title back in 2004 when she beat another Russian Elena Dementieva. Safina’s main goal this year will be to go one better and win the 1st Grand Slam title of he career.