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Alicia Molik (born 27 January 1981) is a professional female tennis player from Australia. She reached a career high singles rank of number 8 and also won a bronze medal for Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She retired from the sport in September 2008. However in August 2009 she announced her comeback.

Biography

Molik was born in Adelaidemarker and currently lives in Perthmarker. She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School in West Pymblemarker, Sydneymarker, before completing her schooling in Adelaide.

Personal life

Alicia has stated she is too busy to have a boyfriend and is not involved with Ryan Girdler (former rugby league player for the Penrith Panthers).

Career

She won her first grand slam doubles title at the 2005 Australian Openmarker with partner Svetlana Kuznetsova. She reached the top ten on the WTA tour for the first time in early 2005 following her first Grand Slam quarterfinal singles appearance, at the Australian Open, where she lost 9-7 in the final set to Lindsay Davenport.

Molik won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athensmarker in the women's singles competition beating then World Number 3 Anastasia Myskina of Russia in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

She has also won the Zurich Open, a Tier I tournament, defeating Maria Sharapova in the final.

Ear Infection

In late 2005, Molik was diagnosed with vestibular neuronitis, an inner-ear condition caused by a virus that affected her balance, vision and energy level. In October 2005, she announced that she would be taking an extended break through the 2006 season in order to recover. However, her recovery appears to have been faster than expected, and in April 2006 it was announced that Molik would be part of the team for Australia's Fed Cup group matches later that month. However, Australian Davis Cup Captain, David Taylor announced that Molik would not be selected as of lack of match play and rustiness. Instead, rookie Casey Dellacqua took her place.

Return

Molik returned to the main tour much earlier than had first been expected, at the Italian Open in 2006, and won her first match since returning at the French Open of 2006, where she reached the third round. At Wimbledon in 2006, she reached the second round, losing to Katarina Srebotnik of Sloveniamarker. She had high hopes for the 2006 US Open, but was shocked 6–3, 6–2 in the first round by the 17-year old Vania King. She gained revenge over Vania King in the first round of the Guangzhou Open, reaching the quarterfinals after also scoring an upset victory over a top 50 player Lourdes Domínguez Lino. After these wins she broke back into the top 200 at 179 and then played in Tokyo where she defeated Jelena Kostanić 7–5 6–3. Molik then suffered disappointing first round defeats in Bangkok (lost to Vania King 6–1 7–5) and Zürich (lost to Shahar Pe'er 6–1 6–2).

2007

Molik won a wildcard into the 2007 Australian Open by winning the Australian Open Wildcard Play-offs, where she defeated 16 year old Australian Jessica Moore in the final 6–4 6–4. In preparation for the Australian Open she competed in the 2007 Hopman Cup in Perthmarker and scored victories over world no. 6 Nadia Petrova and Ashley Harkleroad. Molik's final Australian Open warm up tournament was the Moorilla Hobart International were she reached the quarters beating two higher ranked opponents on her way before losing to doubles partner and Indian rising star Sania Mirza. Molik and Mirza reached the quarters of the Hobartmarker tournament before losing a very close match to the number two seeds.

During the Australian Open 2007, Alicia Molik won through her first and second round matches against rising Chinese Taipei doubles talent Yung-Jan Chan and Estonian Kaia Kanepi before losing a 3-setter against the eighth seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland. With her impressive 3rd round performance, Molik improved her then-141 ranking to inside the top 100, the first time since withdrawing from numerous tournaments due to that ear infection. Molik also competed in the 2007 French Open losing 1st Round in singles but winning the Doubles with Mara Santangelo. Molik also played in a Wimbledonmarker warm up tournament in Eastbourne losing to Mel South in the first round 1–6 6–3 7–6 and also lost first round in the doubles to Natalie Dechy and Tiantian Sun 6–2 4–6 6–4. Molik was able to bounce back from these early losses to easily win her first round match at Wimbledon, defeating Russia's Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets, before losing a second round meeting with Serena Williams. Molik is also seeded six in doubles with Mara Santangelo. She and Santangelo made it to the Semi-finals before losing to eventual winners, Cara Black and Liezel Huber. Also competing in the mixed doubles, Molik and partner Jonas Björkman made the finals losing to Jelena Janković and Jamie Murray.

2008 and retirement

In 2008 Alicia Molik entered the Perth Hopman Cup where she defeated Lucie Šafářová 7–5 6–2 in the first round of the Round Robin competition, before losing to Sania Mirza and Serena Williams in ties involving India and the United States respectively. Her second competition of 2008 was the Medibank International where she again faced Lucie Šafářová, Šafářová winning 7–6 7–6. Molik won her opening round at the 2008 Australian Open against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, before falling to 18 year old Czech sensation Nicole Vaidišová, 2–6 3–6.

Molik's singles ranking continued to drop due to a recent elbow problem. Molik lost in the first round of singles qualifying at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2008, and did not win a main-draw match after January 2008. Molik has enjoyed erratic success in doubles, where she partnered Tiantian Sun and defeated Cara Black and Liezel Huber who were the number 1 seeds at the tournament in Sydney. She partnered Mara Santangelo at Wimbledonmarker and the French Openmarker, but fell in the first round of competition.Molik received a wildcard into the 2008 Beijing Olympics which she stated as "the best news I've had since 2004." Representing Australia alongside fellow countrywomen Samantha Stosur and Casey Dellacqua, Molik was ousted in the first round by Spanish María José Martínez Sánchez 6-2, 6-2.

On 5 September 2008, Molik announced her retirement from professional tennis after experiencing nagging leg and elbow problems.

She then started working for half a year as a commentator until she announced her comeback.

2009

On 30 July 2009, Molik announced that she plans to embark on a tour comeback to tennis. It is not yet determined whether it will be doubles or singles, but she claims that she is injury free. According to fellow Australian Samantha Stosur, Molik is said to be making her comeback at the 2009 New Haven in the doubles event. Molik entered the Women's Doubles at the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis event as a wildcard with American Meghann Shaughnessy, losing to the Spanish duo of Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Nuria Llagostera Vives.

Likewise, Molik lost her first round doubles match with Shaughnessy at the US Open against Liga Dekmeijere and Julie Ditty 6-7 (4) 1-6.

In September 2009, Molik entered a $25,000 ITF tournament in Darwin, which she ended up winning in both singles and doubles.

Molik won her doubles with capriot Casey Dellacqua who is also on a comeback and Molik won her singles over rising star Monika Wejnert 3-6, 6-3, 6-1,

Titles (22)

Singles wins (5)

Legend
Grand Slam (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (1)
Tier III (1)
Tier IV & V (2)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 12 January 2003 Hobart, Australia Hard Amy Frazier 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
2. 8 August 2004 Stockholm, Sweden Hard Tatiana Perebiynis 6–1, 6–1
3. 24 October 2004 Zürich, Switzerland Hard (i) Maria Sharapova 4–6, 6–2, 6–3
4. 31 October 2004 Luxembourg City, Luxembourg Hard (i) Dinara Safina 6–3, 6–4
5. 15 January 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard Samantha Stosur 6–7(5), 6–4, 7–5


Singles finalist (4)



Doubles

Wins (7)
Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2)
Year-End Championships (0)
Tier I (1)
Tier II (3)
Tier III (0)
Tier IV & V (1)


No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 14 June 2004 Eastbournemarker, UKmarker Grass Magüi Serna Svetlana Kuznetsova

Elena Likhovtseva
6–4, 6–4
2. 2 August 2004 Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker Hard Barbara Schett Emmanuelle Gagliardi

Anna-Lena Grönefeld
6–3, 6–3
3. 1 November 2004 Philadelphiamarker, USAmarker Hard Lisa Raymond Liezel Huber

Corina Morariu
7–5, 6–4
4. 17 January 2005 Australian Openmarker, Melbournemarker, Australia Hard Svetlana Kuznetsova Lindsay Davenport

Corina Morariu
6–3, 6–4
5. 21 February 2005 Dohamarker, Qatarmarker Hard Francesca Schiavone Cara Black

Liezel Huber
6–3, 6–4
6. 21 March 2005 Miamimarker, USA Hard Svetlana Kuznetsova Lisa Raymond

Rennae Stubbs
7–5, 6–7(5), 6–2
7. 28 May 2007 French Openmarker, Parismarker, Francemarker Clay Mara Santangelo Katarina Srebotnik

Ai Sugiyama
7–6(5), 6–4


Performance timelines

Singles

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career W/L
Grand Slams
Australian Openmarker 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R 4R QF A 3R 2R A 12-9
French Openmarker 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A 3R 1R A A 4–8
Wimbledonmarker 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 3R A 2R 2R A A 8-8
US Openmarker 1R 2R 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R A A 7-9
Grand Slam Win-Loss 2-4 4-4 3-4 1-4 4-4 6-4 4-2 3-3 3-4 1-1 35-34
Year-End Championship
WTA Tour Championships A A A A A A A A A 0-0
Olympic Games
Summer Olympics NH NH NH NH SF-B NH NH NH 1R 0-0
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking 94 115 47 100 35 13 29 163 56 309


Doubles

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Career W/L
Grand Slams
Australian Openmarker 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R A A W A 1R 3R 13-7
French Openmarker A 2R 1R 1R 3R QF 1R A 1R W 1R 14-8
Wimbledonmarker A 3R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R A SF 11-7
US Openmarker A 2R 1R 3R 1R 1R 1R QF A 3R 9-8
Grand Slam Win-Loss 0-1 4-4 3-4 3-4 4-4 5-3 1-3 11-1 0-1 14-3 2-2 47-30


See also



References

  1. Alicia Molik's Run Of Ill Health Continues Theage.com.au, 20 October 2005
  2. Molik left out of Fed Cup but confident of comeback - Tennis - Sport
  3. http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200606/s1673325.htm
  4. Molik Announced Shock Retirement ABC News, 5 September 2008


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