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It had been 13 years since Martina Navratilova played in a United States Open women's doubles final, and when she walked on court yesterday with her teenage partner, Svetlana Kuznetsova, it all seemed new again.

"I felt like a little kid: 'Hey, I'm in a Grand Slam final,' " Navratilova said. "Then I played like a little kid."

After a remarkable season and tournament, it was a forgettable day for the 46-year-old Navratilova. She and Kuznetsova, 18, struggled to match the precision, cohesiveness and consistent serving of Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina, and lost, 6-2, 6-3.

"I'm going to have to keep coming back for more, because I know I can play better than this," said Navratilova, who could have become the oldest champion in the tournament's history. "Certainly, we could have played worse. But we also let them make us look bad."

Ruano Pascual and Suarez, seeded second, were the defending champions. They also won the French Open doubles title last year; they lost in the finals of the first three Grand Slam tournaments this year.

In the men's doubles, Todd Woodbridge of Australia and Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden rallied to defeat Bob and Mike Bryan, the identical twins from California, 5-7, 6-0, 7-5. Woodbridge and Bjorkman are 4-0 in Grand Slam finals, and the victory gave Woodbridge his 77th doubles title, tying him for second in the Open era with John McEnroe. Woodbridge, 32, needs one more to catch the leader, Tom Okker of the Netherlands.

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