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Safina vows to bounce back from crushing tennis loss

2009-02-01 08:09:29 GMT2009-02-01 16:09:29 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

An exhausted Dinara Safina, seen here, has vowed to pick herself up and bounce back after being thrashed by Serena Williams in one of the most lop-sided women's Grand Slam finals in history. (AFP/Greg Wood)

An exhausted Dinara Safina has vowed to pick herself up and bounce back after being thrashed by Serena Williams in one of the most lop-sided women's Grand Slam finals in history.

The Russian third seed was humiliated 6-0, 6-3 by the American at the Australian Open on Saturday, not only losing the title but missing out on becoming world number one.

She confessed to being completely wiped out.

"As you know, once you're in a tournament you're always trying to stay positive, you know, like come on," she said.

"Even if you feel tired, you're trying to escape these thoughts that come into the mind because you know you still need the energy.

"But now it's over, I was sitting talking with my coach and I'm just exhausted, like dead."

For Safina, it was a third runner-up spot in major tournaments after losing the French Open and Beijing Olympic final last year.

She started disastrously against Williams, serving three double faults in her opening service game, and things never really improved with her serve deserting her.

While the manner of the defeat was devastating, the 22-year-old said there was no reason to panic.

"If lost in the first round, of course I would sit here and I would start to think," she said.

"But I lost in the final, you know. I made it all the way. There are much more positives than negatives.

"I don't see any reason to panic or to make 1,000 thoughts in my mind."

Her main focus now is to have a few days off then get back training before her next tournament in Dubai from February 16 and iron out the problems that plagued her game against Williams.

"Well, I hope it's not the last (Grand Slam final) -- I still have time," she said. "I'll just go on the court now and practice.

"Those mistakes that I've been doing, I just will try to work as hard as I can that they will never happen again.

"After every loss, I try to take what was good and what was wrong, and to work on my weaknesses, to get them better, so my opponents will not have it that easy next time.

"I want to go back and I'll have few days and just put everything together and I'll get ready for Dubai."

Only Steffi Graf in 1994 and Margaret Smith in 1962 have posted more comprehensive victories in an Australian Open final, both winning 6-0, 6-2.

(Agencies)

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