Molik has just won her 1st round againts German Quallifer Bachmann 6-1 6-4
1st round Molik Def Bachmann 6-4 6-1 :p
Jan 19th, 2004, 01:34 PM
WELL DONE ALICIA!! :worship:
She plays Daniela next round and has a great record against her - very winnable match.
Hopefully this will be on centre court. I think there's a fair chance. This means we can see the match on TV and Alicia gets lots of support. (fingers crossed.)
I saw Hantuchova's match stats and she served 49% first serves, 40 unforced errors (over two sets), and won only 67% off those few first serves. So looks like she isn't in her best form. Good news for Alicia!!
Jan 19th, 2004, 02:59 PM
Good luck Alicia :bounce: :worship: :bounce:
Jan 20th, 2004, 03:38 AM
When is Dani in her best form now days :lol:
Jan 20th, 2004, 10:59 AM
Good luck Alicia :D
Jan 20th, 2004, 12:20 PM
I saw her and she was awesome :drool: :p
Jan 20th, 2004, 11:09 PM
I saw her and she was awesome :drool: :p
Lucky! I had to work monday! But I got to see Reid and Arthurs yesterday.
Daniella doesn't stand a chance again my Alicia!
Jan 21st, 2004, 05:52 AM
Kell shes mine :p
Jan 21st, 2004, 06:19 AM
Q. How is the foot?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, the foot's very good, thank you. Just great to finish, you know, four, five days ago I didn't think I was going to be stepping out on the court. To go out there and play and enjoy it, finish and win, still feel good, then no complaints really. It's a really good feeling.
Q. No pain at all?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, no. If I was in pain, I wouldn't be out there. That was sort of more or less the decision I made a few days ago. It's been feeling really good. I've been getting loads and loads of work on it. Yeah, it's been feeling really good.
Q. Are you nervous about your next match?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, not at all. I mean, if it can hold up an entire match and me get through it and it feel great, then, no, there's no reservations. I won't play with any reservations either.
Q. Do you sort of fear it's something that will dog you for the rest of your career? What was your initial reaction to the recurrence?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, well, obviously the warning signs went off. It was a similar feeling I'd had in the past. The reality is, yes, this thing could dog me, as you say, for the rest of my career. But, you know, can't live every day with, you know, that constant doubt and worry.
It's just something that I have to manage. When I feel like I need time off, I need to just put my tennis racquets away for a while and take a bit of time off.
It's just one of those things I'll need to manage. It's happened a couple times now and I think I'm a little bit older and wiser and, you know, I'm going to be better at managing these type of things.
I hope it's the last thing, but no doubt, you know, injuries happen. There's so many people injured out there. This is just, you know, another thing really.
Q. How much had you been able to practice in the lead-up week?
ALICIA MOLIK: It's been limited, partly by choice. If I don't need to get out there for hours at a time, then I just wanted to stay fresh and get ready for my first round and basically, you know, rest my foot as much as I could.
So I just basically did what I need to do and, you know, I think today showed that I only needed to do the minimal amount to hold my form. I think I played great out there today, like I did at Hopman Cup. I just got better and really rolled with the punches as the tournament went on. My tennis got that much better.
I think today's a great indication of the type of tennis I'll be playing in two days' time.
Q. You can do damage in this draw, do you think?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, I think so. My first obstacle was my first match. I think it really mattered who I played. To get through that and be fit and healthy, you know, I don't like to look too far ahead, but I think I do know who I may play.
I've been playing pro tennis, and to be honest, I don't really mind who I come up against next. I'm just glad to be out there, glad to be fit and glad to be playing good tennis. I think that will put me in good stead against a lot of people.
Q. Do you feel for her out there today?
ALICIA MOLIK: I just got to watch one game of hers, I think one or two games before I went on. I didn't get to watch too much. I saw her in the locker room before. It's a pretty rough draw. I guess one positive is she said she felt she great out there, the crowd were behind her. She gave it her all. I think she's only 15 at the moment. So in a sense I think it's a great experience for her. Now she knows the level, now she knows where she needs to get to, now she knows a few things she needs to work on.
She seemed to think it was a really positive experience and she really enjoyed it out there. I think it's fantastic someone who's 15 went out there on Rod Laver Arena, the centre court, in front of so many people, and really enjoyed it. She did have a smile on her face which was really, really good to see.
Q. Was it Hantuchova in the third set in Hopman Cup?
ALICIA MOLIK: It was Hantuchova, it was second set. It was 6-1 or 6-2 and it was 3-love my way.
Q. If it happens to be her next round, you'd be reasonably confident you could do that again and complete the match this time?
ALICIA MOLIK: Oh, look, scores aside and people aside, I finished today. I won in two sets. I think I played some good tennis, so, you know, there's no reason why I can't repeat. I'll be doing my best to, yeah, definitely.
I luv her new hairstyle aka me drooling over pic 1 :drool:
Jan 21st, 2004, 08:56 AM
2nd round Molik Def  Hantucchova 6-4 6-3 :drool:
Jan 21st, 2004, 12:42 PM
Alicia played very good match today. :)
Good luck in next round :worship:
Jan 21st, 2004, 02:24 PM
Thanks so much for the photo's and interview!!
Well done to Alicia!! Gosh she seems to be such a nice girl. She really deserves the results.
:worship: Congratulations Alicia :worship:
:bounce: GOOD LUCK next round!! YOU CAN DO IT. :bounce:
P.S The hair does look very nice!!
P.P.S. Did anyone see Alicia's Mum on the TV coverage?? I thought she looked SO much like Alicia!
Q. What happened when you were 1-4 down in the first, after that?
ALICIA MOLIK: I don't think it was a huge change. I thought that I let sort of Daniela more or less sort of get the lead on me. She was getting a lot of balls in. She wasn't making too many errors at that stage. I felt like I was hitting my backhand really well and really forgot that I had a forehand. Just really wasn't looking for my forehand, wasn't looking to be aggressive on it.
In saying that as well, there was an unlucky game, too. It was 4-1, but I didn't feel like it was a convincing 4-1, if that makes sense.
Q. After that did you really feel that you had Daniela's measure?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, we play each other enough to know each other's games. It was a matter of time. I was falling down a bit. I didn't hit the panic stations or anything. I knew what I had to do. I was comfortable out there.
Yeah, it wasn't difficult to figure out. It was just a matter of getting out there and executing.
Q. Did it feel like completing unfinished business?
ALICIA MOLIK: Actually, to be honest, it's funny you said that, Hopman Cup didn't even flash through my mind. I thought it may, but it didn't. Two weeks ago was an unlucky situation. There wasn't much I could do about it.
I don't regret the decision I made. It was the right decision and probably the reason why I'm here and why I won tonight.
Q. No cause to be concerned now with the foot?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, absolutely not. You know, I'm doing as much as I can for it, getting a heap of massage, stretching a lot, icing a lot, doing all the right things, doing as much as I can for it.
It's been feeling great. It's actually been getting a lot better. No, it's been feeling fine.
Q. What do you know of Schaul?
ALICIA MOLIK: I don't know a lot, to be honest. I don't think we've played before. We grew up playing Juniors a little bit together. Reasonably familiar with her game. But I don't know a hell of a lot.
But I think it's a match that I intend to go out with the same mindset as my first round and my second round, really worry about myself, worry about my own game. If I can do that, things pretty much fall into place. So not get too caught up in what's going on down the other end and just be really switched on out there.
Q. Is this the furthest you have got at the Open?
ALICIA MOLIK: I think I made the third round here once before, a few years ago.
Q. A few?
ALICIA MOLIK: A few years ago. I think (smiling). You've got a media guide. Maybe you ought to look that up. I can't remember, to be honest.
Q. Did you feel that Daniela was not the player she was 12 months ago?
ALICIA MOLIK: You know, everyone changes at different times. She was Top 10 for a long time. And, you know, it's -- the level of women's tennis, obviously, is raised. To stay there for a year is great. To try and stay for two and three years, it's really difficult.
You're always the hunted, you know. She's ranked higher than me, so, you know, she's always a favorite. You know, I feel like, yeah, definitely, maybe there's a bit of pressure. I'm not sure. But, you know, she's been working on her game. She's been working on a lot of things.
It's only natural that people's rankings go up and down, up and down. I'm sure in her time she'll be back to where she was, you know, six months ago.
Jan 22nd, 2004, 10:18 AM
Bt Schaul tomoz and SHE WILL BE IN HER FIRST SLAM 4TH ROUND :speakles: :bowdown: :banana:
Jan 23rd, 2004, 12:18 AM
That's one of the best pics i've seen of her! Thanx!
Did anyone see the one on the front page of the herald sun today? She looked cute, but what the hell was she wearing????
Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:40 AM
Yer they were great pics esp the scooter and juggling apples one :rolls: :p
Jan 23rd, 2004, 03:55 AM
what ones spikey?
Jan 24th, 2004, 12:08 AM
Yer they were great pics esp the scooter and juggling apples one :rolls: :p
I never saw a juggling one!!!:D
ALICIA MOLIK: Probably a missed opportunity, really. You know, yeah, it's not fun. Amelie's in the quarters. That's where I'd like to be. She's hitting that swinging backhand down the line, and it would have been niece if it was me. No, I'm not happy.
Q. Where do you think the difference was?
ALICIA MOLIK: I guess today I think something that I've considered my strength let me down. So, you know, sometimes you can find reasons and weaknesses. But when your strength lets you down on an occasion like today, it's not a good feeling. I didn't put enough first serves in full stop.
Q. You can't find a reason?
ALICIA MOLIK: Oh, yeah, rushing, low ball toss. I should have probably stopped. Whatever reason.
But, you know, that's something that normally I don't have to worry about. Today I did. It's a bit of a change.
Q. Can you get away with things like that for the lesser-ranked players?
ALICIA MOLIK: Sometimes. I think today was a great match because it's a perfect example of why probably Amelie is No. 4 and I'm 40. It's great to see that she does what she has to when she needs to. And she did that today.
I guess the good thing is next time I'm in the position that I was in today, I won't let that happen again.
Q. Are you devastated by this loss?
ALICIA MOLIK: I'm not happy, yeah. Yeah, no, I'm definitely not. Like I said, she's in the quarters; I'm not. That's where I want to be.
Q. At the same time, does it show you how close you are?
ALICIA MOLIK: You know, 7-5, 7-5 is a close score. Yeah, I guess.
Q. And pushing her as you did for so much of the match.
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, I mean, I expected to push her. And so I should have been pushing her with the way I've been playing.
But it's one thing to create opportunities, which I did today. But there's almost no point if you don't take advantage of them. It's one thing get there; it's another thing to do something about it.
Like I said, yeah, next time I'm in that position, I won't let it happen again. I'll change a few things around. I won't let it happen, yeah.
Q. You made quite a lot of unforced errors. Was that through being under pressure to try and hit winners all the time?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, I don't think unforced errors were an issue today because I wanted to hit as many winners as I can. When you take a bit more risk into your game, of course you're gonna make more errors.
Execution was poor at a few times, but, you know, most of the time I did, you know, what I planned to do. So, you know, the plan was to be out there and be aggressive. I think a lot of times probably I wasn't aggressive enough early enough.
As long as my winners were as close to the unforced errors, that's fine.
Q. Much was made of you being the last Australian woman in the tournament.
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah.
Q. Does that add to the pressure, or once you're on court does that mean nothing at all?
ALICIA MOLIK: It means nothing at all, really, before I step out on the court. So, no, there's no added pressure.
Q. What is your program from here, your ambitions sort of in the next few months?
ALICIA MOLIK: Set out early for Japan. I've got another event. So a couple days off, then I'll get started and get training for Japan.
You know, friends and family are in town, so I'll have a few days to enjoy myself. Then, yeah, just get back in training for a couple of days before leaving for Japan. That's my next big event. I'm playing some good tennis. I want to continue it there. Then home for a short break, then away again. The cycle begins again.
Q. Would you be disappointed to not be Top 20 by the end of the year?
ALICIA MOLIK: I don't know. I've never finished Top 20 or just outside of it. I think if I play more of the tennis that I played today, and maybe a touch better, then, you know, I think I'm gonna have a really good year.
But, you know, I've said in the past, numbers really complicate things. So I try and stay away from them.
Q. On that surface. Does the sort of spin that she puts on the ball, does it get even more purchased (sic) on that surface?
ALICIA MOLIK: Anyone that hits the ball heavy, I think, you know, the type of court, the Rebound Ace helps. I think I hit it just as heavy today - probably at times heavier.
So, yeah, it's a good surface if you hit the ball heavy.
Q. When you were trying to consolidate the break, was that probably the most important game? If you had been able to do that, could you have pressed on?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, I think so. Probably hitting two or three first serves in instead of none for six probably would have helped as well. But, yeah, that's a time that I've got to, you know, knuckle down and not let her get back into it.
Yeah, that's probably the most important game. The most important games in matches is when you get the break, and you have to consolidate.
Q. Is that the toughest things to do in tennis, to follow up after a break in serve and take advantage of it?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, I mean, today it was tough. A lot of times it's the easiest thing to do. It's obviously something I didn't do as well as I should have today. You know, will just be working on that, you know, probably next week in Japan. I'm sure I'll be in that same situation.
Every match you play, you try and improve. So when I go and play there, I'll try and make amends, I guess.
Q. Feet fine?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, no problems whatsoever. I don't think moving was a problem today. I felt like I was feeling the court and moving fantastically. I just have to keep what I been doing and really looking after it.
Q. What exactly have you been doing and what will you do to look after it?
ALICIA MOLIK: Plenty of massage. Getting my joints mobilized constantly. You know, icing. Stretching all the time. Warming up before practice sessions, warming down. Stretching after practice sessions. Basically all of that. Repeating it most days or every day for, you know, a number of times.
Q. When you say the tour starts all over again for this year, that wasn't, "Here we go again," you're not getting bored with the whole thing?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, absolutely not. Everyone gets wrapped up in the Australian summer. There's the rest of the year ahead. I'm finished here, so my mind's set for the rest of the year. Japan is my next event, so that's my next focus.
It's been a great summer for me. I can't complain too much. But, yeah, I want to get going and I want to get ready for the rest of the year. I have stuff to show and play some great tennis. I'm looking forward to getting out there and continuing that for the rest of the season.
In starting again, it's 2004, so couldn't start in 2003, yeah...
Q. Some time in the next day or two will you sit down and watch a tape of that match, or is that not something you want to do?
ALICIA MOLIK: No, actually, that was a match I'd like to get the tape of. Yeah, no, I'd definitely consider watching it again. I think it would be a really good sort of learning tool for me.
Q. Is it a hard thing to do? Can it be frustrating?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, but -- yeah, it can be frustrating, I guess. The past is the past. I can't change it. What I can do, the next couple matches I play, the next time I'm in that situation, I can change it. That's probably the reason for watching it.
I do watch some of my matches and sort of evaluate them. There's a few points here and there I take note of or my coach wants me to take note of. Sometimes it's different sitting in front of the TV watching yourself than being out court. It's a completely sort of different perception of probably what you're feeling and what you're doing on the court.
No, I think it will be good for me to do that.
Q. Could you do that before you go to Japan? Would you do it after you come back?
ALICIA MOLIK: I could do it before but I don't have a video player. I might go to a friend's house or I might watch it when I get back once I've bought one.
Q. How many breaks would you take during the year and actually come home?
ALICIA MOLIK: Depends. When you say "breaks," I probably come home five, six times a year. I come home after every single trip. But in terms of breaks, I don't know what you mean by "break".
Q. Being away on the road.
ALICIA MOLIK: I'm going away. I'm going to Japan, and coming home. That's one week. Then I go away for six or seven weeks and then I come home. Sometimes it's three or four weeks, then I come home.
It's a lot of travel, but I don't mind it. I enjoy coming home, recharging the batteries. I guess I get my eagerness back to get out on the road once I've come home and enjoyed myself a bit.
Q. You're obviously disappointed. The fact that you could take No. 4 in the world so close, does it give you hope that you're close to that next level?
ALICIA MOLIK: Yeah, I don't know about hope. It gives me incentive, yeah. As I described, she's where she's at because of what she was able to do. She's No. 4 and I'm 40. You know, it was a 7-5 and 7-5, not much in it at all.
Yeah, I think it's a good indication, you know, of where I'm at.
Jan 25th, 2004, 08:29 AM
:sad: to bad Alicia fought hard but lost to Mauresmo 7-5 7-5 :(
Jan 25th, 2004, 12:14 PM
Well it was her first 4th round so thats a positive. I'm sure she can learn from it and start to go further in the draw. She played some awesome shots today! Her serve wasn't at its best and she wasn't aggressive enough on all her vollies but that only means she has something to work on. I think perhaps a lack of experience at that high level was the reason she was unable to hold serve when under extreme pressure. She is capable and will kick ass this year!!
WELL DONE Alicia!! I was proud of how she played. :kiss: