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Mr_Molik
Nov 2nd, 2004, 10:54 PM
there was a thread in GM saying these two were planning to play doubles at the aussie open together. can anyone confirm or deny this? i think they would make a great team btw :yeah:

Gowza
Nov 3rd, 2004, 05:57 AM
cant confirm or deny but i think they would make a very competitive team.

Katha-Ger
Nov 3rd, 2004, 09:21 PM
i would like to them together....great team :worship:

JC Federer
Nov 4th, 2004, 03:02 AM
Is she dumping Likhovsteva?

I don't think they will beat Ruano Pasqual/Suarez.

Lady
Nov 6th, 2004, 05:02 PM
there was a thread in GM saying these two were planning to play doubles at the aussie open together. can anyone confirm or deny this? i think they would make a great team btw :yeah:

Do tou think Sveta herself is not a relieble source??

She posted these news in Russian forum. When I met her at the Kremlin Cup, we talked about this forum, and she even remembered me from it! ;)

Katha-Ger
Nov 6th, 2004, 05:49 PM
hey lady,
sounds great.sveta treats her fans very well :D

Princess Sarah.
Nov 8th, 2004, 12:56 AM
they seem like a great combo

Gowza
Nov 28th, 2004, 03:36 AM
if they are playing together they will be a great combo especially with both of them improving the way they have this year.

Gowza
Dec 21st, 2004, 04:09 AM
it looks like its true, there is an article about it in GM saying alicia has a good chance of winning the doubles title at the oz open because she is partnered with sveta.

Gowza
Dec 21st, 2004, 04:10 AM
Molik to double chances

By Margie McDonald

December 21, 2004

http://foxsports.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,5001,404553,00.jpg

ALICIA MOLIK's coach doubts she will win next month's Australian Open singles crown but Australia's highest-ranked woman will have a good chance of claiming her first Grand Slam title in doubles at Melbourne Park.

Molik is linking with US Open singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of four Russians in the top 10 in singles, to play doubles at the Sydney International and the Australian Open.

Kuznetsova is a former doubles partner of Martina Navratilova.

And should Molik's luck run out in women's doubles, then it might come in mixed doubles with Todd Woodbridge in Melbourne.

"I haven't asked him yet but I will," Molik said in Sydney yesterday where she is working with coach David Taylor before heading home to Adelaide for Christmas.

There is much expectation and excitement about Molik's summer, where she will enjoy her highest ranking - No.13 - after three tournament wins since August and a bronze medal in singles at the Athens Olympics.

"No secrets, a lot of hard work," Taylor said when asked about the ingredients of Molik's success.

"It's been cumulative and the dividends are paying off."

Not only is she a threat in singles but an attractive proposition for potential doubles partners.

Molik has a ranking of 17 in doubles while Kuznetsova is at No.8.

"It's exciting that people are talking about what impact she could make there (in singles at the Australian Open) but to be a genuine contender, I think that's a bit much," Taylor said.

"They're a real shot to win the doubles. They'd be seeded four or five so that's going to be good for Alicia."

It would be a breakthrough for both of them as Kuznetsova has been in four Grand Slam doubles finals (one with Navratilova and three with fellow Russian Elena Likhovtseva) without success.

Molik played in two mixed doubles Grand Slam finals with Woodbridge this year (Wimbledon, US Open) but lost both.

Her sterling results over the latter half of 2004 have encouraged Molik to improve on her singles record at a Grand Slam as well. Her best result is the fourth round of this year's Australian Open.

"I'm definitely more excited to go to the next Australian Open. Over the years I've learnt to enjoy it more. I enjoy the pressure, enjoy having my friends and family around, enjoy the fact it's in my own backyard," Molik said.

"Four or five years ago I saw that as a pressure."

At the weekend Evonne Goolagong Cawley appealed to the public and media to give Molik space and not to place too much pressure on her.

"Everyone wants to know a little more about you when you win but I think I've handled it pretty well. It's not distracted me from my tennis or training," Molik said in response to queries about coping with the spotlight.

"It's a positive thing. I think it can lift you more than anything. I'm not about to change my routine or hide away because there is a little more attention.

"I just enjoy doing my thing. I don't feel like anyone has been on my back."

Molik, 23, who has been on the professional circuit for six years, also knows she has a game to worry any player on any day. It is been the focus of her work with Taylor for a couple of seasons now.

"She's working on playing a very heavy game, a game that actually men play more," Taylor said.

"Women often hit the ball very flat but it's hard to do that when the ball is jumping at you with a lot of topspin and that's what Alicia has been working on."

Molik has had wins over six of the eight players who contested the WTA's end-of-season championships in Los Angeles last month. And this year she has also beaten four Russians all ranked higher than her: Anastasia Myskina (twice), Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova.

"I do have high expectations but I haven't set a goal or sat down and put pen to paper of exactly where I want to be at the end of the two weeks," Molik said. "But I'm pretty confident I'll be seeing the second week."

TartarVicario
Dec 21st, 2004, 05:24 AM
Why somebody said Sveta will play doubles with Arantxa?! :sad: :confused:

Gowza
Dec 27th, 2004, 11:40 PM
Why somebody said Sveta will play doubles with Arantxa?! :sad: :confused:
i dont know but alicia and sveta will be a tough team to beat at the oz open this year.

-Em-
Dec 28th, 2004, 05:18 PM
wouldn't mind if it was true. they would make a great, powerful team :yeah:

PointBlank
Dec 29th, 2004, 08:38 PM
Alicia/Ai will play doubles for first half of the year..

Gowza
Feb 4th, 2005, 03:36 AM
sveta and alicia played together at AO, they won the tournament and are likely to play throughout the year, well done girls. great doubles team!

Missing_Hingis
Feb 8th, 2005, 10:34 AM
Good job winning the slam:).
Sveta will be doubles number one soon:D.

Lemonskin.
Feb 9th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Now Sveta has teamed up with Alicia, she's definately one of my favourite players :)

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 01:58 AM
sveta is doubles no 3 at the moment isnt she

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 02:01 AM
yes sveta is doubles #3

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 02:02 AM
and alicia is at #11 atm 50 points below raymond, so close to the top 10, i think alicia's doubles ranking will improve even more playing with sveta. and personally i think sveta is the #1 doubles player atm.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:35 AM
Yes i think they should stay together as doubles partners - i watch there match alot - i noticed sveta hits herself with her racquet lol

back on topic they will get much better once they have played more together - when do you think they will play again together ?

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:37 AM
i'm thinking they will probably play again together at miami, but thats just a guess.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:41 AM
when is miami ?

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:44 AM
it begins the week after indian wells

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 04:48 AM
I love this pic:-

http://img227.exs.cx/img227/3097/aliciaandsveta4od.th.jpg

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:03 AM
Kuzy was runner up with elena in miami last yr right ? - hope they play again together before march 21st

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:15 AM
that is correct, they lost to petrova/shaughnessy in the final 6-2 6-3

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:20 AM
molik isnt on IW entry lists and sveta is so they cant be playing there, they arent playing together this week. in doha molik is playing but sveta isnt, they are both on the website for dubai but that is the week before IW so i think it would be a bit too much play for them to play doubles there especially sveta who is on the list for IW and miami thats 5 weeks straight of play.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:27 AM
5 weeks straight of play - im confused - shes not playing till dubai :(

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:32 AM
yes but both IW and miami go for 2 weeks worth, and add dubai and thats 5 weeks of play.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:37 AM
ok now i get you

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:39 AM
sveta is so cute in speech - im guessing she isnt exactly fluent in english:-

for example:-

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: Because my father, he's coach of cycling. So the place for his team, he choose Spain, so he went to the city called Tortosa between Valencia and Barcelona. It's in the middle. It's very small town. First time I get there, I was practicing in Tortosa, but it was too small city. So second time, we were thinking - because he had friends also in Los Angeles - so we were thinking move somewhere. We knew we have to move, you know, not maybe to America or maybe to Europe, you know. So it was like America or Europe - or Spain probably. So we decided just to go to Spain because it's closer for Europe, and you have so many tournaments around. You can go back home more times, and he spended much time in Spain, you know.

read the last sentence especially

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:42 AM
yeah so thats tough enough just playing 5 weeks of singles, add doubles to that it is a lot of tennis (even if doubles isnt every week). imo it would be a good idea for sveta to drop dubai or maybe IW, if she wants to have a serious run at miami then she needs to peek just at the right time because looking at the entry list the field will be as good as anyone of the majors.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:43 AM
how cute are Alicia and Sveta together
Alicia "I call her kuzy"
and Alicia knocked sveta's hat down at the end of the match
im still wondering what alicia got from sveta for her birthday

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:46 AM
winning a slam for me would be enough haha. but yeah it would be interesting to see what sveta got for alicia.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 05:57 AM
did u see sveta wack herself with her racquet in the 2nd set - did u also know sveta is a music - aholic

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 06:01 AM
i didnt see much of the doubles final, and i didnt know that sveta was a music-aholic. but i did see sveta wack herself with her racket in one of her singles matches.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 06:09 AM
she did it in the doubles match the commentators go " ouch shes hitting herself"

To relax and to find inspiration, she listens to music all the time. She is addicted to this mp3 player and has more that 2,000 songs on it. She is truly a music alcoholic.

sveta is also apparently shy " sometimes because of her shyness , people think she is arrogant"

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 06:18 AM
yeah ive heard about the shyness and people thinking she is arrogant when infact she is just shy.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 07:29 AM
So how shy is she exactly ?

when i read the 2,000 songs bit - i went -wow - she never leaves home without her ipod

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 07:32 AM
i dont know i've never met her and havent heard anything more than people think she is arrogant but its just because she is shy.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 08:34 AM
I would like to meet her , I think she is pretty and a very good player for someone her age

Gowza
Feb 15th, 2005, 09:05 AM
she is a very good player for someone her age.

Nichole
Feb 15th, 2005, 09:42 AM
i think she will only get better in both singles and doubles

Gowza
Feb 16th, 2005, 06:07 AM
i think so to, but i'm not sure how much better she can get at doubles, besides maybe being more consistent.

Nichole
Feb 16th, 2005, 08:29 AM
she will definatley become no 1 in doubles this yr

Gowza
Feb 16th, 2005, 09:03 AM
if she plays enough she will become #1 in doubles this year i would expect.

Lemonskin.
Feb 16th, 2005, 11:13 AM
I hope they do play at Miami... My other fave doubles team has a name... "Team Masha"... I figured Alicia/Sveta needed a nickname...I've dubbed them "Team Ace" :D

Gowza
Feb 16th, 2005, 11:34 PM
i want them to play miami as well, just hope sveta isnt too tired in miami because her schedule looks pretty tough at this point.

Nichole
Feb 17th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Yeah , pretty tough , what about Team Supreme ?

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2005, 07:34 PM
Sveta and Alicia are back together in Dubai.
They start against Callens/Stewart.

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2005, 04:57 PM
Sveta and Alicia won 6-4, 6-2. They are still undefeated, and they might be good enough to win the grand slam.

Gowza
Feb 28th, 2005, 11:42 PM
good to see them back together, i'd say they are a good chance at the grand slam, RG will probably be the toughest for them.

Nichole
Mar 1st, 2005, 06:13 AM
they won australia - that is a grandslam

Gowza
Mar 1st, 2005, 11:47 AM
they won australia - that is a grandslam

we mean 'the' grand slam all four of them in the same calender year.

Nichole
Mar 2nd, 2005, 09:02 AM
lol yeah i realised that after i typed this lol

Gowza
Mar 2nd, 2005, 10:15 PM
congrats girls good luck in the semis!

goldenlox
Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:29 PM
Sveta/Alicia play Yan/Zheng in the semis.
They might play Suarez/RP in the final.
That will tell them where they stand.

goldenlox
Mar 4th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Sveta and Alicia play Suarez/RP. These are the last 2 AO champions.

Nichole
Mar 4th, 2005, 10:00 PM
didnt they beat Suarez/ RP at the oz open - in the rounds ?

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2005, 04:23 PM
Sveta and Alicia lost to Suarez/RP 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-1.
They have to do better than that to win another major.

Gowza
Mar 8th, 2005, 12:04 AM
disappointing, thought they would have won that match. but at least now they'll know what to expect at the majors.