Former world no. 1 Dinara Safina, who has not played on the tour for more than a year now, told an American newspaper that she has no immediate plans to return to the game but at the same time she said she does not consider herself retired.
In the interview, Safina said, "I don't consider myself retired. I'm just taking my time. I don't really know when I'm going to come back or if I will make it. I just don't like to (say) officially I'm retired." The 26 year old Russian now attends a university in Moscow where she is studying law and administration.
"It's a completely different life I'm leading, but I'm really having fun. To be honest, I don't miss anything." "You cannot imagine how much it was hurting. You could see stars every time you have to hit the ball.
Without painkillers you cannot play. It was so bad. I could not bend. I could not turn. I tried to play through the pain. People were saying like, 'C'mon, you have a chance to finish No. 1 and all this.' I was listening to them instead of my body.
My body broke completely and then it never healed anymore.".