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The Russians aren't coming; they're here

For the first time the host nation does not have the most women in the U.S. Open draw. Greg Garber says call it the Moscow Invitational.

Updated: September 4, 2006, 11:02 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- On a windswept Saturday afternoon, Maria Sharapova -- warming up just a few feet from her supposed beau Andy Roddick in Arthur Ashe Stadium -- struggled to keep her formidable forehand in the court. In the cozy players' main-floor lounge, Nadia Petrova watched a replay of the rousing Andre Agassi-James Blake 2005 quarterfinal. Meanwhile, upstairs in the main lounge Marat Safin smiled as he had his picture taken with an admirer.

They've been contesting the United States Open for ...

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