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Kuznetsova's experience trumps Vaidisova's big strokes

Nicole Vaidisova was just two points away from going to first-ever career Grand Slam final, but as Whit Sheppard explains, the teenager couldn't overcome her nerves.

Updated: June 8, 2006, 10:57 PM ET
By Whit Sheppard | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- German-born, Czech by origin and American-influenced la Bollettieri, 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova is a walking Benetton poster. The fact that she's tall, blonde and undeniably attractive doesn't dampen her appeal to tennis fans or advertisers either.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, 20, seemed destined for athletic stardom from the womb. Her mother, Galina, was a six-time world-champion cyclist, and her father, Alexandr, coached numerous cycling champions in the former Soviet Union and ...

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