Finalists seek redemption in Paris

Updated: June 6, 2009, 10:18 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

PARIS -- All-Russian Grand Slam finals are no longer novel, but getting inside the minds of the two countrywomen who will face one another for the French Open title could provide more than enough grist for a psychological thriller.

The match between world No. 1 Dinara Safina and seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova will be won above the neck. Call it "War and Peace of Mind." Both women will be trying to defy their recent histories on the biggest stages, which are littered with squandered opportunities ...

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