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martinafan
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:44 AM
but Wimbledon buildup disappoints.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/tennis/fit-and-healthy-molik-declares-comeback-over-but-wimbledon-buildupdisappoints/2007/06/23/1182019430406.html

Fit and healthy Molik declares comeback over but Wimbledon build-up disappoints
Bill Scott
June 24, 2007




AS she puts the final touches on her game before the start of the Wimbledon tournament tomorrow, Alicia Molik is working just as hard to relax her mind for what she hopes will be a two-week challenge.

"I've never been at Wimbledon during the final weekend, except for mixed doubles a few years ago," said the 74th-ranked Australian, who enters the prestige major after an indifferent tune-up on the grass over the past fortnight.
"The most important thing over those last few days leading up to a big event is to use them to feel as good as you can. You want to freshen up, get yourself in a good frame of mind.

"It's all about pacing yourself."

Should the 26-year-old Melbourne player find herself entertaining any last-minute doubts, she only need roll back a few weeks to one of the biggest triumphs of her tennis life, the French Open doubles title, which she won at Roland Garros with her new Italian partner Mara Santangelo.

That victory in Paris handed the Australian a new lease on a career which looked to be coming off the rails two years ago when she was struck down by an inner-ear problem.

Molik has been back regularly on the WTA Tour for a year and declared her comeback over. "I'm healthy and fit," she said. "I may not have won as many events [she claimed three trophies in the last four months of the 2005 season and started 2005 by winning Sydney] but that's the nature of the beast."

A few days after the French doubles win Molik was straight onto the grass in rainy Birmingham in the north of England. In the annual confusion over the instant change of surfaces, she downed France's Severine Bremond before falling to unfancied American youngster Vania King. During the week, she was ambushed in her opening match as Britain's No.204 Melanie South produced an upset at Eastbourne, the prime tune-up on the south coast.

While Molik would have preferred to reach the London lawns with a few more wins, she made up the gap by playing in the quaintly named consolation event, the Strawberry Tea Cup, reserved for first-round main draw losers.

With £1000 ($2355) on offer for the champion, Molik's idea of laying down her potential prizemoney as a bar tab at the iconic Wimbledon Village Dog and Fox pub would surely be well received among her friends during the fortnight of the tournament.

Like most players, Molik will lessen her stress by living within walking distance of the club. Maintaining a low-key outlook remains paramount. "I'm not gauging myself on results, I'm not gauging myself on rankings," she said.
"I'm gauging myself on what I put into matches, what I get out of them, and my level of play within match play."
Molik's self-belief at a tournament where she has twice been to the third round (2003 and 2004) is high since the Paris event.

"I had a lot of confidence before this week," she said. "Even though I won a grand slam event in doubles, I know that I have a lot more work to do on my singles. That's why I'm playing these Cup matches. "If anyone had told me at the start of this European trip that I'd win a grand slam title, I'd take that any day. It's a great achievement."

Many players view Wimbledon as the top prize in the game, but that's not the way Molik sees things. "Wimbledon and the Australian Open are totally different events," she said. "As an Aussie, I'd much prefer to win the Open. It's in my backyard and it's my favourite grand slam to play. "After travelling the world so much, there's no place like home. It has a special place in my heart."

martinafan
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:45 AM
Nice to get an article about Alicia.

She sounds quite up beat and quietly confident

I really hope she can get her game together and at least get back into the top 40 by the end of the year!

Also, good luck to Alicia and Mara in doubles. Hopefully they will get over their loss in Eastbourne and come out firing again in Wimbledon!

Harvs
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:49 AM
aw leash!!! hopefully she finds some form soon!!!!!

Mr.Kardashian
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:52 AM
nice article... good 2 hear from alicia

Ben.
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:06 AM
great article. its good to see lish looking at things with a optimistic attitude.

RND
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:15 AM
Glad to see she's not putting too much pressure on her shoulder. :)
Good luck Alicia! :D

Ceze
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:22 AM
good luck Alicia :D

Hashim.
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:26 AM
hope she does good..

Alicia Rocks
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Alicia :hug:

LUXXXAS
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:37 AM
bla bla bla :o
after losing to King and South she has a lot of confidence :haha: :tape: ?
I'm praying she can beat Rodionova in her first match :scared:: it's all she can do here since her second round opponent will be Serena :D
good luck Alicia :kiss:

Michael_21
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:44 AM
alicia will beat serena and do well at wimbledon its gonna be the upset of the tournament :D go alicia

eye2eye
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:45 AM
Good Luck Alicia !!

Alizť Molik
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:58 AM
argh come on alicia!!! It was so unfair that after such a long career waiting for her chance she finally came good and got that ear infection thing...

Wolverines08
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:31 AM
I wish Alicia the best! She won't get by Rena, but she is still one of my favorites!

azza
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:34 AM
Hope she gets a set of Rodionova.

Lindsayfan32
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:22 PM
I hope Alicia does well, what crappy draw. Serena talking herself up again (no surprise really). I would love to see Alicia beat her but its not likely to happen but let us dream. It would be great if it did though.

Mr_Molik
Jun 25th, 2007, 12:18 AM
how did she go in the "strawberry tea cup"?

pcrtennis
Jun 25th, 2007, 12:26 AM
She won it...

Thanx4nothin
Jun 25th, 2007, 12:29 AM
When shes on her game the very very best even find it a task to put her away..wins over Vee and Masha allude to this. Hope she can get into that form again, just not against serena though.

Mr_Molik
Jun 25th, 2007, 12:30 AM
thanks
yay :)

Jakeev
Jun 25th, 2007, 01:15 AM
I'm a big fan of Alicia's mainly cause I think she has an awesome attitude, but did she actually win the Stawberry Tea Cup?:lol:

martinafan
Jun 25th, 2007, 06:48 AM
I'm a big fan of Alicia's mainly cause I think she has an awesome attitude, but did she actually win the Stawberry Tea Cup?:lol:

yeah she won it. i think she beat morigami in the final.

Alicia Rocks
Jun 25th, 2007, 06:55 AM
yeah she won it. i think she beat morigami in the final.

Correct :D 3-6 6-4 10-8 (Match tiebreak ;) )

DutchieGirl
Jun 25th, 2007, 07:59 AM
:D Leesh - please at least beat Bitchianova. ;)

SeanyQ
Jun 25th, 2007, 08:49 AM
Hope she gets a set of Rodionova.

LMAO!!
That troll will be lucky to take a set off Alicia!!

SeanyQ
Jun 25th, 2007, 08:51 AM
:D Leesh - please at least beat Bitchianova. ;)

I hope they show the match on TV. I can't wait to see how the mole behaves!!

So Disrespectful
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:25 AM
Nothing would make me happier than Alicia beating Serena :D

aussie_fan
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:39 AM
Nice to see her confident, now just needs to carry that into form

sweetpeas
Jun 25th, 2007, 07:11 PM
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When shes on her game the very very best even find it a task to put her away..wins over Vee and Masha allude to this. Hope she can get into that form again, just not against serena though.
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I totally agree? Serena known"s Alicia can play a mean game of tennis!!!!!!!!!!She'Ss not taking Alicia as a (B)player.Serena knows Alicia is a A PLAYER!

sweetpeas
Jun 25th, 2007, 07:13 PM
Nothing would make me happier than Alicia beating Serena
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