On-Court Coaching Saves Safina in Stuttgart Semis
by Staff | May 2nd, 2009

World No. 1 Dinara Safina and Svetlana Kuznetsova will compete in an all-Russian final on Sunday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart after surviving semifinal wins on Saturday.

Kuznetsova broke an eight-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents, beating fellow Russian Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-2, while Safina survived an upset scare against Flavia Pennetta, coming from 3-6, 1-3 down to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.

“Things went my way today,” Kuznetsova said. “I enjoyed myself. I played well and enjoyed the match. The atmosphere was great and I was very happy on the court.”

Kuznetsova has lost 10 of her last 11 tour singles finals, last winning at New haven in 2007.

Safina was a game away from losing at 6-3, 5-4, before winning 10 straight games to close out Pennetta.

“I was a bit slow at the start,” Safina said. “And she was playing her best tennis.”

Safina used the WTA on-court coaching rule to confer with Zeljko Krajan, then turned the match around.

“He was very angry with me and I changed my game completely,” Safina said. “It was smart to call him.”

Safina leads the head-to-head with Kuznetsova 7-4, including the last four.

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5 Comments for On-Court Coaching Saves Safina in Stuttgart Semis

Al Says:

I hate on court coaching. Most times they speak in a language that the viewers that are not from that country can understand. Why do women need on court coaching. They won’t have it at the GS. I think it is stupid. Figuring it out for yourself part of tennis.

Jay Says:

it is stupid. if safina is playing like a choker she should lose and not get to have her (always male) coach come out and save her. it makes the women look poor.

Joe O'Brien Says:

Totally agree about on-court coaching.
It shouldnt be allowed. It is unfair. You should be able to come through difficulties yourself. It is part of the game.
I cant EVER imagine Nadal or Federer calling a coach during the middle of a match, can you?

Ra Says:

At first I was pretty much against on-court coaching in the WTA, but now I just think, “well, whatever it takes to raise the general level of play over there is just fine by me”.

Polo Says:

They can do whatever they want in women’s tennis. I don’t really care because I have stopped watching women’s tennis.

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