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Goodnight, Irene; hello, tennis

Updated: August 29, 2011, 2:22 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- "Eeeyahhgggh!

"Eeeyahhgggh!"

It was only a few minutes past 9 a.m. on Opening Day, but Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone -- Grand Slam champions both -- were already in mid-tournament, bellowing form on practice courts No. 4 and 5, respectively, at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center.

A dark blotch of sweat was rapidly expanding across the back of Kuznetsova's turquoise T-shirt, and Schiavone earnestly worked her hitting partner around ...

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