Besides, he is bigger and stronger than me, and he has achieved so much more than I have.
If it hadn’t been for her coach, Zeljko Krajan, who convinced her to keep playing, she probably would have quit.
“She had problems with why she didn’t believe in anything. I didn’t have to change anything in her technique, it was fine, it was just the mental part — she had lost all her confidence,” Krajan said. "If someone asked me at the beginning of this year if I could finish the year in the top five, I would have burst out laughing," she said later.
Safina made her debut in 2002 winning her first title and becoming the youngest champion to win a professional tournament at the age of 16.
She also entered the Grand Slam tournament and finished world number 68, but she was still considered Marat Safin’s little sister.
Perhaps this became the turning point for her to finally be recognized by Marat. She has yet to prove she deserves to be number one for more reasons than the lucky coincidence of mathematics.
Unlike his previous rather negative comments about her needing to grow up, etc., he now spoke up for his sister, who was constantly attacked for becoming the world number one without winning a Grand Slam. I think she is more professional than all other players put together… However, one major thing she has proved to the world is that she is no longer just Marat Safin’s little sister, but a world champion herself.
At the beginning of the 2009 season, however, she lost a few games to inferior players and that made her question her ability to play tennis.
She was deeply depressed and even thought of leaving tennis altogether, thinking she had nothing left to give.
There is nothing you can do about it – if you are told to play at 1 a.m. In any tournament, Olympics included, the organizers try to schedule events in such way as to benefit their own athletes.
It was especially obvious in Beijing, however, they didn’t violate any rules.”Safina was given a BMW X3 for that victory – and she drives it when she’s on holidays in Moscow.
Later her mother shared her feelings about the Olympics in an interview.