Dinara Safina enjoys the simple life

Wed May 12, 2010 10:09am EDT
 
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ROME (Reuters Life!) - Top female tennis player Dinara Safina, Russia's former world number one, talks to Reuters about her daily routine and how her life is not all glitz and glamour.

Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY DURING A TOURNAMENT?

A: I would sleep as long as I can. Normally I don't sleep very long, I wake up pretty early. I would have some breakfast. Sometimes I could eat some cottage cheese or I'd have some oatmeal. It depends on what I fancy.

Then maybe I would go back to sleep again, another half an hour. I'd eat between 12 and one. I'd have a lunch of carbs, some vegetables.

The hour before a match, first I'll sit maybe with my team to talk. Then I'll go to the locker room to prepare myself. I'll do my hair, and then before the match I'll speak to my coach again about game plan, how to play, what to do.

Then 20 minutes before the match, I'll start to warm up.

After the match, most of the time I'll do a cool down. If I'm in a grand slam, maybe I'll do some condition training. If I have to play the next day, my coach will maybe tell me to do bike exercise for 10 minutes. Then I'll stretch, have a shower and go the press.

After that I go back to my hotel. I go for dinner. I go back to my room very early. I watch some movies. I like to spend time alone in my room.

WOULD YOU GO SIGHT-SEEING IN A CITY DURING A TOURNAMENT?   Continued...

 
<p>Russia's Dinara Safina returns a shot against compatriot Maria Kirilenko during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas</p>