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About a half-hour before the final, Zvonareva and her coach, Sergey Demekhin, were alone on a patio outside the stadium, warming up with some stretching and hand-eye-coordination exercises. For a few minutes, Zvonareva made like a circus performer and juggled three tennis balls.

Once out on the court with Clijsters, though, one ball was more than Zvonareva could handle.

Her victory complete, Clijsters picked up Jada, cradling her in the crook of her left elbow, while holding the U.S. Open trophy in her right hand as photographers snapped away.

Moments later, after being plopped in a chair by Mom, Jada pointed to the nearby cameras and said, “No photos.”