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Molik still no time for men

Molik still no time for men
February 1, 2005

ALICIA Molik has precious little time to celebrate her move into the world tennis top 10 today.

Molik climbed from No.12 to a career-high No.10 when the rankings were updated following her Australian Open campaign where she became the first Australian woman since Anne Minter in 1988 to advance to the quarter finals.

Her ascent means Australia has a man and woman in the world top 10 for the first time since Pat Cash and Wendy Turnbull 21 years ago.

Lleyton Hewitt went from No.3 to second in the men's standings after making the Open final.

Molik was keeping her celebrations low key with family and friends in Melbourne and planned to resume light training tomorrow ahead of playing next week's Paris indoor tournament.

"I'm feeling pretty exhausted now so I might have a few days to relax and kick back and I guess lay pretty low," Molik told the John Laws radio show.

Molik said she would leave Australia on Friday for Paris, and then compete in tournaments in Antwerp, Belgium and Doha.

"It's a very quick turnaround," she said.

"That's why this week I'm trying to afford myself as much rest as I can in between fitting in a few commitments I have.

"As much as I enjoy it, it does definitely take its toll.

"I'm home for five days now so I'm trying to catch up with friends."

Despite inevitable speculation about possible boyfriends amid the welter of recent publicity she's attracted, Molik promised she had no plans to follow Hewitt's lead and get engaged to marry.

She said her focus was on tennis and she had no time for a boyfriend.

"I'm too busy, I wouldn't have time," Molik said.

"There's no engagement plans, there's no one to get engaged to.

"I'm very happy doing what I'm doing right now and the lifestyle that I live. I'm away seven to eight months a year.

"I'm a big believer if you do something you do it properly and if I can't give 100 per cent for something, or my career, or someone, then I'd rather not put myself in the that situation.

"So I'm happy with my tennis right now and I guess devoting myself to that pretty much."

It was excitement rather than nerves Molik said she felt when she headed onto court for her hard fought quarter-final appearance against world No.1 Lindsay Davenport.

"I had everything to gain, she had everything to lose, she was the high ranked player and it's a shame I just missed out there in the end," she said.

Molik said she was thrilled to win her first grand slam title when she teamed up with Svetlana Kuznetsova to down Davenport and Corina Morariu 6-3 6-4 in the doubles final. "It was the first time Svetlana and I teamed up, so to be in the final and win our first grand slam together in our first tournament together was pretty monumental," she said.

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