27 Oct 2009

Safina back at number one, not worried about the critics

7:29 am on 27 October 2009

The Russian tennis player Dinara Safina has moved back to the top of the world rankings, and insists she has given up worrying about her critics who are adamant that she is unworthy of being world number one.

Still without a grand slam title, the Russian deposed 11-time major winner Serena Williams to begin her 26th week on top of the standings in 2009.

Talking ahead of this week's season-ending WTA Championship in Doha, Safina says she doesn't care anymore and people can say what they want.

As well as the glaring absence of a major title from her CV, Safina has also crumbled when the grand slam exposure was at its sharpest.

She won just three games in her Australian Open final loss to Williams, was beaten again in straight sets by compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open title match before a third-round loss to Petra Kvitova in the US Open.

Just as damaging was her 6-1 6-love loss to Venus Williams in the Wimbledon semi-finals, a defeat which again illustrated her mental frailties.