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RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Battered by injuries and still without a title, Anna Kournikova can take heart in this: Eight Russian women were seeded, a quarter of all seeded players and more than any other country.

Dinara Safina, the 17-year-old sister of former finalist Marat Safin, insists Kournikova deserves credit.

"Women's tennis, in Russia and around the world, is popular because of Kournikova," said Safina, who lost in straight sets to second-seeded Kim Clijsters. "A lot of players want to be like her.

"She was in the semifinal of Wimbledon and in the top 10 I think she did a lot for women's tennis."

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