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12 May 2014

Safina calls time on tennis career


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Russia's Dinara Safina has formally announced her retirement from tennis - three years after her last Tour-level appearance.

The former World No. 1, who helped her country win the Fed Cup title in 2005, made the announcement official on Sunday in Madrid - a tournament she held close to her heart.

Safina has been absent from tennis for three years after a back injury forced her to stop playing. She took as much time as she could in the hope that she could return but has decided to call time on a fabulous career.

The 28-year-old Russian won 12 career titles and appeared in three Grand Slam finals - once in Melbourne and twice in Paris.

She won a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 after losing to countrywoman Elena Dementieva in the gold medal match.

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