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From Russia, With Topspin

Updated: January 11, 2013, 10:40 AM ET
By Kate Fagan

MOSCOW, Russia -- A young girl stands on an indoor tennis court, bouncing from one foot to the other, like a boxer in the ring before a fight.

She stares straight ahead, eyes furrowed at the corners. Her brown hair is pulled tightly back, not a strand out of place. Her right arm dangles, her hand gripped tightly around a racket almost half her size. A second later, she whips the Babolat from back to front, watching the flight of an imaginary ball rocketing toward the far corner of ...

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