For the first time in Australian Alicia Molik's career, she has left a tournament as the champion. After several runner-up performances and countless semifinal and quarterfinal finishes, Molik finally took home a title as she won the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium. In the final, the fifth seed defeated Russia's Alina Jidkova 7-5 6-7(6) 6-4.
"This is amazing; I feel great... Obviously I've had a stellar career with two Aussie Open runner-ups as well as a few doubles titles, but to actually win a title in singles is just incredible... I've been dreaming of this day since I joined the tour."
Molik also became the first player in ATC history to win a title on her least-preferred surface. Playing indoors, Molik also took out world number one Michaella Krajicek and talented rising star Maria Sharapova on her way to the final.
"Obviously, my expectations were not too high for the indoors season as I don't play on it as well as I do on other surfaces, but I really felt like I stuck with my game plan this week and I'm so proud that it paid off... To beat Krajicek in the quarters was a huge step for me mentally on this surface and it really gave me a lot of confidence... Comisserations to Alina, she played a solid match today and really forced me to dig deep and play my best tennis; she's certainly a tough girl to come up against."