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Eleven-year-old Maria Shishkina may soon tip the power balance in tennis

Updated: June 16, 2010, 1:49 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

This article appears in the June 28 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

There is a video on YouTube of 11-year-old Maria Shishkina staying balanced as she stands on a big, silver exercise ball. If you think it's easy, give it a shot. Then, once you can stand, try having a catch. Odds are, you'll fall -- and fall and fall and fall as you keep trying, only to finally give up in frustration. Shishkina, though, is calm, chatting and giggling as she tosses a ball back and forth with ...

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