Being match points and two breaks down in the fourth round of the Australian Open means nuthin’ to Dinara Safina. That’s her prime time, her zone, her l’heure blue. That’s when her eyes light up like burning embers in a sloppily snuffed out camp fire, her shots start hitting the corners of the court and her opponent is brought to her knees at the baseline. I had absolutely no doubt that she could come back from 2-5 down in the third set. And she did.
The point of this post isn’t really to brag about my keen predictions – I’m usually dead wrong whenever I try to foresee the tennis future. I just think that this is such a crucial, obvious characteristic of Safina’s game and mindset that it’s worth rubbing it in.
Of course, even Dinara wants to argue with me. She berated herself after the match: “I played really like a junior today. I think it’s just lucky that I went through. But really it’s sad that I can do these kind of mistakes. Really, it’s sad what I did today.”
Am I the only one keeping the faith? Come on Dinara, work with me here. You’re making me look bad.