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SOMETIMES A PHOTO IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS

It was, by all accounts, a dull news conference.

Anna Kournikova, in Australia to play in the national hardcourt championships beginning Sunday on the Gold Coast and to prepare for the Australian Open, had little to say and said it poorly.

Never mind, the ever-inventive Aussie media saved the day. Undaunted by the lack of real news, the Age of Melbourne published a tightly cropped photo of the Russian teen-ager wearing a revealing, low-cut ensemble that could not fail to catch the readers' eye.

And just in case it did, the caption steered them straight.

"Anna Kournikova," it said, "busting with confidence as she gets ready for the Australian Open."

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