Dinara Safina has becomes Maria "Shriek"apova's worst nightmare on red clay.
In a match reminiscent of their 2006 French Open encounter, Maria gave up a 5-2 lead in the second set and in the set's tiebreak and also a match point to end her dream of a career Grand Slam this year falling 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 2-6 to her countrywoman. At the same stage in 2006, Dinara overcame a 1-5 deficit in the third set to win their match 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
The Berlin champ will now battle spandex-loving Elena Dementieva for a spot in the final four.
Neither one of these women are great movers or defenders, so I wonder what it is about Dinara that gets into Maria's head on clay?
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