of Russia will be aiming to make a great run next season and perhaps move back up the world rankings.
Last year the Russian reached number 1 in the world but injury and loss of form have seen her drop outside the worlds top 70.
Safina is a 3 time Grand Slam runner up at the French Open in 2008 and 2009 and the Australian Open last year.
Serena Williams of the USA won her 5th Australian Open title at the start of this year in Melbourne Australian when she beat the former world number 1 Justin Henin in the final in 3 tight sets.
The American also won a 4th Wimbledon title this summer when she beat the up and coming Russian Vera Zvonareva in the final in straight sets.
A freak injury however forced Serena to miss the US Open this summer in Flushing Meadows New York.