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Feb 8th, 2005, 04:02 PM
Exhausted Molik forced to miss Paris
Scott Coghlan
February 08, 2005

A DOSE of the flu has forced Alicia Molik to call a brief halt to her barnstorming start to 2005.

The world No.10 was due to depart for the Paris Indoors last Friday but pulled out of the event, which started last night, and delayed her departure for Europe until today.

Molik had spoken of being exhausted after the Australian Open, where she reached the quarter-finals of the singles and won her first Grand Slam title (with Svetlana Kuznetsova) in the doubles.

Her manager, Peter Smylie, said yesterday it was almost inevitable that Molik, 24, would feel the effects of a strenuous early-season schedule but that there were no long-term concerns.

"It is just the flu and she is feeling a bit rundown," Smylie said yesterday.

"She is disappointed to miss Paris but there is no way she could have played: she's just not well enough.

"It is understandable, she has been going flat out for the last month ... she tries to do everything she can."

Molik played 13 singles matches in January in a run that helped her rise to No.10 in the world, plus seven doubles matches.

Last week she said that the success did take a "toll".

"I'm feeling pretty exhausted," Molik said on Sydney radio.

Smylie said Molik would only skip the Paris event and would play in the subsequent tournaments in Antwerp and Doha, as originally planned.

She flies to Switzerland today to join coach David Taylor for a few days of practice.

Smylie said the illness was an untimely one.

"She was keen to keep going because she was in such good form," Smylie said.

Australian Open champion Serena Williams continues her quest to reclaim the world No.1 spot when she headlines the Paris tournament.

Williams, who jumped into second spot in the rankings behind Lindsay Davenport after her victory over her fellow American in Melbourne 10 days ago, returns to the place where it all began for her six years ago.

Williams, 23, making her fourth appearance in Paris, won the first of her 26 WTA titles on carpet in the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in 1999.

Additional reporting: AFP

Feb 8th, 2005, 09:00 PM
Poor Alicia

Feb 9th, 2005, 01:00 AM
Molik heads to Europe after overcoming flu

Australian Open quarter-finalist Alicia Molik will leave for Europe today after delaying her trip to overcome the effects of flu.

Yesterday the illness forced Molik to withdraw from this week's WTA event in Paris.

But the world number 10 is now scheduled to play a tournament in Antwerp next week.

Feb 9th, 2005, 03:28 AM
and it sounds like shes not playing dubai so she'll hav a weeks break b4 indian wells and miami :D