More photos from Stuttgart. Our photographer, Ralf Reinecke, attended the opener of the Porsche Grand Prix last night in Stuttgart. He came back with gorgeous photos of Gisela Dulko, Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Victoria “Vika” Azarenka and many more.
Now I am wondering with so much beauty gracing the courts in Stuttgart this week, will we ever have a dull moment? I think not! And I think many would agree with me here.
However there are some concerning reports from Stuttgart. Dinara Safina is thinking of quitting the WTA Tour if her injuries persist. I do share the concerns of Dinara Safina’s but I sincerely hope that she will remain pain free this week and enjoys the game. It would be bad for her to quit now. But then again a certain Belgian, Kim Clijsters, quit a few years ago as well citing the many injuries as one of the reasons of retirement and she made a succesful come back. Perhaps Dinara Safina can pull a Kim Clijsters as well and, might she retire, make a come back in a few years.
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“I am glad to be here, this is my first big test after having come back from my injury,” Safina said. “My physio is here and I really want to take it step by step. I only started playing on court again on April 3.
“Everybody, including my brother Marat (Safin), told me to take my time but it was really difficult because I wanted to come back on court so badly.
“Right now I feel safe and comfortable, but I need to watch closely that it stays that way.
“My back injury is the worst you can get, because if things go wrong again, that might be it for my professional career altogether.”
Safina was the world number one exactly a year ago, when she reached the final in Stuttgart, but 12 months on she now realises how much she loves the game after her enforced lay-off.
“There is no way that you can go easy on a lower back injury,” she added.
“With a broken arm or leg, you can rest it, but with your back it is almost impossible. It has made me realise how much I love tennis.
“I just want to get back on court. Regarding things like rankings, titles, defending points – who really cares?”