Stats Corner: Rich History Between Vera & Dinara

Vera Zvonareva and Dinara Safina will add a 12th chapter to their rivalry in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Published March 25, 2011 07:01

Stats Corner: Rich History Between Vera & Dinara
Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva

MIAMI, FL, USA - The Sony Ericsson Open has a juicy second round match-up that in previous years would have been a late round battle, with former No.2 Vera Zvonareva squaring off with former No.1 Dinara Safina.

Safina has shown signs of her previous excellence recently, including at her last event in Indian Wells where she reeled off three victories, but she will often have tough early round draws like this one until she raises her ranking more.

Making Friday's clash especially interesting is the roller-coaster history Zvonareva and Safina have against each other, with Safina up 6-5 but having lost four of the last five. Here is a rundown of their previous matches, along with how the winner ended up doing in each event.

Event & Round Winner Eventual Finish
2002 Sopot SF Safina 63 62 W
2004 Rome 2R Zvonareva: 16 64 62 SF
2006 Charleston 2R Safina: 75 75 QF
2006 French Open 1R Safina: 63 75 QF
2007 Charleston SF Safina: 63 01 ret. R-Up
2007 Moscow QF Safina: 62 36 63 SF
2008 Doha R16 Zvonareva: 75 63 R-Up
2008 Miami QF Zvonareva: 75 64 SF
2008 Moscow SF Zvonareva: 62 76(5) R-Up
2009 Australian Open SF Safina: 63 76(4) R-Up
2010 Beijing 1R Zvonareva: 64 76(6) R-Up

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