That's what I was thinking as I watched Kirilenko and Serena. Quite the contrast... On one side, big, brash Serena, bashing the ball with seemingly reckless abandon, attired in yet another "PLEASE LOOK AT ME!!!" outfit, which recalled the 'uniforms' certain women wear whilst standing on street corners, more than high-lighting certain... 'commodities'. On the other side, pettite, humble Maria Kirilenko, dressed in a classy outfit, not needing to reveal nor advertize any unnecessary flesh, striking clean, beautiful strokes as she came within a teenager's nervousness of beating one of the planet's top players. Her strokes were better than Serena's; her dress was certainly better... I believe, even though she lost the match due to Serena's superior physical and mental strength, little Maria Kirilenko won the battle of class. Mary Carillo said that, of all the Russian girls on the Tour, Kirilenko is the one who stands out. "This kid is something special," she said. Indeed, she is. I first saw Kirilenko play about 2 years ago - she won the Junior tournament I attended, and then went on to win the Junior U.S. Open two weeks later. She did this at 15 years old, beating 18 year olds. She stood out from all the others with her obvious and exceptional class, poise, humility, fairness, and, well, maturity. She's a really nice kid who seems to be extremely well grounded - a very refreshing change from the perpetually publicity seeking Serena, the always miserable, cranky, and whining Capriati, etc... I wish her nothing but the best, and hope that she continues to improve and work her way to the top, where she can restore some much needed class and respectability to women's tennis.