Defeated by others or by yourself?

Dinara Safina's slump is quite spectacular. After yesterday's humiliating defeat in the first round of the Australian Open, in which she was unable to win a single game in a match between two former world number one players, Safina will slip out of the top one hundred in ranking.It is hard to believe that the player who was whitewashed by Kim Clijsters in less than an hour was the same one who briefly climbed to world number one, even though she has never won a Grand Slam. Mental factors such as confidence and motivation must have played a big part in it. It all but clearly shows in her negative body language.

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