Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 6/28/14

PARIS - NOVEMBER 09: Marat Safin of Russia in action during his first round match against Thierry Ascione of France during the ATP Masters Series at the Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy on November 9, 2009 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Safin says Safina is Done: Marat Safin says that his little sister Dinara Safina is finished on the tennis circuit. The former world No.1 has not been seen since May and has struggled tremendously over the past two years with a back injury that has seriously limited her playing time. She has dropped as low as No.129 in the world. “Dinara was injured two years ago, in Beijing, remember?” Safin told Eurosport. “She left, but never recovered completely. She tried to return, but only aggravated the crisis. Now she needs to keep her back to be able to walk normally and live a normal life. [Her back] will continue to be treated, but she will play no more…She will make an official statement herself, but as her brother, I believe that there is no chance of return.” Firsts Continue for Li Na: Li Na’s record-breaking year continues as she becomes the first Chinese player to qualify to play singles at the year-ending WTA Finals. She joins Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova...
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