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Teenager Vaidisova is growing up fast

While she did not expect Nicole Vaidisova to advance this far at the French Open, Mary Joe Fernandez has been impressed with just how much the 17-year-old has matured since last year.

Updated: June 6, 2006, 5:23 PM ET
By Mary Joe Fernandez | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- Reaching the quarterfinals of the French Open should help Venus Williams going forward to defending her title at Wimbledon. However, this was a huge opportunity for her, there's no question about it. Her chances were really good to get to the final because she had winnable matches ahead of her.

But Venus ran up against a tough customer in Nicole Vaidisova. They play similar games and Vaidisova didn't back away, she kept going for her shots, kept hitting bigger and bigger even ...

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