Originally posted on Busted Racquet  |  Last updated 10/7/11
Because she reached No. 1 in the rankings at the age of 22 and never backed it up with a Grand Slam victory, history will remember Dinara Safina more for what she didn't do than what she did. The Russian made three appearances in Grand Slam finals, won 12 singles titles, took home an Olympic silver medal and became part of the first brother-sister tandem to ever reach No. 1 in the tennis rankings. But, fairly or unfairly, it's the lack of major title that will define her. On Friday, the 25-year-old retired from professional tennis, according to her brother, Marat Safin. Chronic back pain hastened her decline from the top of the game, then, earlier this year, forced her to take a break from the sport from which she hoped to return. At the time, she said she didn't want to "torture myself and my body any longer." Reaching No. 1 on Apr. 20, 2009 proved to be an albatross for the young Russian. Like Jelena Jankovic before her and Caroline Wozniacki after, the lack of Grand Slam titles...
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