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Cornet the perfect antidote to the afflicted French stars

With the majority of the hometown contingent withering, the French have found the new favorite daughter they have palpably been yearning for. Alizé Cornet is bright, articulate and ready for stardom.

Updated: May 29, 2008, 7:55 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- Her melodic first name says it all: Alizé, a nautical term bestowed on her by parents who wind surf. Literally, it means a wind that blows from the east. On the French sports landscape, it has recently come to mean a breath of fresh air.

A mere 12 months after winning the junior championship here, sunny, spirited 18-year-old Alizé Cornet is France's favorite daughter at Roland Garros. Her face graces the cover of France's biggest sports magazine this ...

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