Proud momma excited about daughter's first trip to a major final

First she saw her son Marat win two Grand Slam titles, and now Raouza Islanova will be along for the ride when her daughter takes the court on Saturday for the French Open championship.

Updated: June 5, 2008, 2:08 PM ET
By Sandra Harwitt | Special to ESPN.com

Not long after Dinara Safina reached her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros with a surprisingly succinct 6-3, 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, she rushed into her mother's waiting arms in the players' lounge.

Raouza Islanova, a famed tennis coach in Russia, grabbed her daughter and hugged her tightly -- clearly every ounce the proud parent. Islanova, blonde hair cut short, often offers a stern pose courtside. But the woman who also coached Elena Dementieva ...

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