I guess since she sucks so bad at tennis, Dina needed a backup plan. Looks like she's got one. Baking is as good as any, people like to eat.
6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes. The bad news for AKO is that Vitalia Diatchenko managed to get a hold and a break off Dinara, the good news, I guess, is that at least she dragged the match out a little longer. I'd never seen Diatchenko play before, and from the way she approached the match, I'd venture a guess that Dinara hadn't, either. I don't know, am I too hard on her? I feel like the only person who's not completely bowled over by her level of play so far. Nevertheless, serving 74% for the match and having a positive winners/UE ratio is pretty good. I guess. Diatchenko, for the record, has the wackiest serve ev-ah. Stand aside, Mono.
Diatchenko also apparently was out for two years with a shoulder injury, so well done to her for getting this far. She tried to take the ball early and has fairly good ability off both sides (two-handed on both... seriously, she's like the Mono X-Treme). At the end of the first set, she had one more winner than Dinara. Nevertheless, according to the Tennis Channel online streaming commentator, "One of the biggest problems Safina's [had] this match is her hair."