The Quali draw has been released and Molik is in the theoretical weakest section:
(4)Sugiyama vs (wc)Ondraskova
(wc)Voegele vs Molik
Chan vs (wc)Klepac
Dechy vs K Bondarenko(6)
Oct 13th, 2007, 01:59 AM
TOUGH ask for Molik... if she plays like she did last week she will not make it past the second round of qualifying... however if she plays like she did a couple fo weeks ago she has a real chance to qualify and given luck, maybe win a round or two of the tourny she has won once before
Oct 13th, 2007, 02:41 AM
i think her only challenger is bondarenko... i would be SO shocked if she didn't make it to at least the final round of qualies!
Oct 13th, 2007, 05:35 AM
i think her biggest challengers would come from sugiyama, dechy & bondarenko. wouldn't be surprised if she lost in the 2nd round of qualies, but if lish can keep up her good form of late (even though she was patchy in mosther matches in moscow) she can do it.
Oct 13th, 2007, 11:35 AM
sugiyama (i think) dished out a bagel to alicia earlier this year in dubai or doha or somewhere? (but alicia won coz sugi retired i think?) but Alicia seems to be a much better player than earlier this year. Bondarenko could be tricky but GO ALICIA
Oct 13th, 2007, 12:36 PM
I would be disappointed if she didn't make 3rd Round.
Sugiyama has really been struggling and I wouldn't be surprised to see her losing in 1st round. Only trouble I see is Katya in Round 3.
Oct 13th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Dementieva has just advanced to the final against Serena Williams 6/0 6/1. Alicia did well !
Oct 13th, 2007, 02:06 PM
that is great for lish :)
anyway the main draw has come out & if she qualifies these are the possible 1st round opponents in the main draw she will have to encounter.
zvonareva - wins over zvonareva, has to face henin :unsure:
peer - wins over peer, has to face either hantuchova or safina
ivanovic - wins over ivanovic, has to face either mirza or krajieck
bammer - wins over bammer, has to face kuznetsova :unsure:
Oct 13th, 2007, 02:17 PM
Katya in final round is scary. I think if she makes it to the MD, her best option is Peer. Molik can probably beat her and probably challenge Hantu/Dina.
Oct 13th, 2007, 02:37 PM
agree, peer is a much easier match up than the others. plus she hasn't been in good form lately so lets hope lish can take advantage of it, if she faces her that is.
Oct 13th, 2007, 02:38 PM
sugiyama won so if lish wins she'll face her
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:17 PM
lish is up 5-1 first set :bounce:
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:21 PM
hope lish can serve out the 1st set here at 5-2 :D
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:23 PM
lish has won the set 6-2 :D
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:41 PM
serving better 6 aces so far she is up a break in the second 6-2 *2-1
Oct 13th, 2007, 03:55 PM
6/2 6/1. Cant complain.
Oct 13th, 2007, 09:19 PM
good result:) i hope she would draw peer... if now, then bammer:)
just not ana:(
so next up sugiyama... alicia would be favourite for this match given ai's terrible form lately... CMON LEASH!!!:)
Oct 13th, 2007, 09:29 PM
WELL DONE ALICIA.... 3rd on centre court tonight
Oct 13th, 2007, 11:44 PM
excellent scoreline from alicia, has a great chance against sugiyama for sure.
Oct 14th, 2007, 01:27 AM
good scoreline, hope she can keep it up
Oct 14th, 2007, 06:20 AM
well done Alicia now take out Ai!
Sammy 4 eva!!!
Oct 14th, 2007, 06:22 AM
Nice work Lish! Now beat Ai :armed:
Oct 14th, 2007, 07:40 AM
Good work Alicia. Some impressive from in the last couple of weeks. Well done.
Oct 14th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Another good win leesha, now beat Ai :D
Oct 14th, 2007, 09:34 PM
lish lost to sugiyama 7-5 6-4 :sad: but i guess its not that surprising.
well she at least has won a match so i'm satisfied.
Oct 14th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Oct 15th, 2007, 01:47 AM
Sugiyama must have played well as Alicia is in good form.
Oct 15th, 2007, 02:51 AM
Had soooooooooo many chances :o
Up a break in the first set, and had a break point to get to the tiebreak. 2nd set not as many chances but had another 2 break chances to get to 5-5 :smash:
Break point chances were only: 2/12
Its clear she has the game, just not grabbing the big points at this stage.
Oct 15th, 2007, 04:01 AM
Dissapointing, i though alicia was a good chance, oh well.
Oct 15th, 2007, 04:54 AM
wonder what her next event is? anyone know?
Oct 15th, 2007, 10:07 AM
Is she entered in Linz? she is seeded 4th in the doubles event at zurich in the thick of a tough draw too! i hope alicia and mara can do well here and keep their Madrid hopes alive
Oct 15th, 2007, 09:30 PM
So sad... :sad: I'm hoping for some good results on the doubles.
Oct 15th, 2007, 09:48 PM
last time i chekd im pretty sure she was on the qualie list for linz with pratty...?
Oct 16th, 2007, 02:41 AM
well i hope she can qualify for linz. she should be seeded there, unless she doesn't play linz if she makes the doubles final in zurich.
Oct 16th, 2007, 07:47 PM
good luck Alicia :hug:
Oct 18th, 2007, 04:39 AM
Here's an article I found:
Can Alicia Molik recapture past glories and a top 10 spot?
Since returning to the WTA Tour full-time following a career-threatening ear infection, Molik has struggled to regain her form. But recent consistent results prove the popular Australian can still achieve big things.
‘It’s been a season marred by inconsistency. In between good showings at the Australian Open and Wimbledon were losses at smaller events to lowly-ranked players.’
In the last three weeks it has been heartening to see the return to form of former top 10 player Alicia Molik. Having made the quarter-finals in successive weeks at Guangzhou and Japan, then most recently qualifying for the Kremlin Cup main draw (before losing to Elena Dementieva in three tough sets), her performances are a marked improvement on those earlier this year which have so far rendered her season a disappointment.
The story of Molik’s fall from the upper echelons of the women’s game is well-documented. A debilitating inner-ear infection affected her vision and balance, cutting short her barnstorming run deep into tournaments and up the rankings in early 2005. It is one of the most unfortunate stories in women’s tennis in recent years – apart from Monica Seles, it is hard to recall another player being struck down so completely while enjoying the best form of her career.
However, Molik’s arrival in the top 10 came a lot later than people predicted. She was touted as a future champion of the game, with many believing she possessed the shots and the temperament to challenge for Grand Slam titles and the No.1 ranking. She turned out to be a slow developer – on many occasions she was guilty of poor shot selection, wandering focus and a lack of fitness, all of which inhibited her progress.
Under the tutelage of Australian coach David Taylor, things came together in 2004. The superb serve and heavy ground strokes (particularly on the forehand side) began finding the mark on a consistent basis, and coupled with solid net play and a more relaxed on-court attitude, her results improved dramatically.
The purple patch began at a low-tier event in Stockholm, where she raced through the draw without losing a set. From here until she came down with the virus at Amelia Island in April 2005, Molik had established an impressive 39-9 win-loss record, scored wins over Mauresmo, Myskina, Dementieva, Sharapova and Venus Williams, won four titles, a bronze medal at the Athens Olympics and made the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Two more strong performances in Antwerp and Doha were the last time Molik would fare so well at a tournament before illness factored in.
Fast forward to 2007 – Molik is now back on tour and playing regularly. But her results this year have not reflected her claims of being fully fit and healthy once again.
It’s been a season marred by inconsistency. In between good showings at the Australian Open and Wimbledon were losses at smaller events to lowly-ranked players Olga Savchuk, Vania King, Melanie South, Lilia Osterloh and Akiko Morigami, quite often in the first round. These are players Molik would have swept aside easily in her prime.
It must be noted Molik’s doubles results have been strong in 2007, one such highlight being a win at the French Open with Mara Santangelo. She has said success on the doubles court gives her confidence in her singles game, but so far this doubles success has not translated to singles wins.
Thankfully, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. Three weeks of consistent tennis and some good wins under her belt can only be beneficial for Molik if she is to regain match toughness.
Even though as an Australian I may be biased, it can only be good for tennis to have her back playing well and at the top of the game. Articulate, modest, popular and approachable, Molik represents one of the brightest personalities on the WTA Tour.
Although she just lost in the Zurich qualifying event to Ai Sugiyama, strong showings at her remaining tournaments this year could get her back on track towards achieving the big results she looked set to achieve three years earlier
well the article was fantastic. i think if alicia can just keep on working hard & improving on a few things in her game (maybe improve her backhand & use it as a weapon besides her forehand & her movement on the court) then she can make the top 10 again maybe (top 30 or 20 at best).