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Mr_Molik
Jan 9th, 2005, 02:41 AM
alicia is seeded 6th here, but has a great draw to make the final or even win :eek: :bounce:
R32 vs schiavone
R16 vs poss jankovic
QF vs poss zvonareva
SF vs poss myskina
F vs poss davenport
CMON ALICIA !!

Huntress555
Jan 9th, 2005, 02:43 AM
ooo it would be so great to see her go to the final against Davenport ( i know its only a possibility).

It sure is a great lead up to aus open, hope she does really well here, and wins it :):)
I hope they play her matches on tv here....
Go Alicia!!!

broncosven
Jan 9th, 2005, 05:36 AM
Needless to say ill be cheering for her !!

Aussie_chic
Jan 9th, 2005, 11:09 AM
Needless to say ill be cheering for her !!

Dito! GO ALICIA!!

cameron
Jan 9th, 2005, 11:35 AM
Hopefully Alicia can hold the form she showed the Hopman Cup and make a serious bid for the title in Sydney.

bwguy
Jan 9th, 2005, 09:17 PM
Alicia in wonderland

Jessica Halloran
January 10, 2005

Kids scrambled, pressed themselves against the meshed fence and flung black textas at her tanned hands. "Alicia, Alicia," they pleaded as they pushed programs and oversized fluoro tennis balls forward.

"Yeah, no problem," she said breezily as she scribbled her name and posed for photos.

Molik is clearly cool with the children and the fans at the Medibank International. As she practised yesterday for about an hour, they squeezed around the court excitedly just to catch a glimpse of the hottest Australian female player in decades. Everything has been dreamy for the 23-year-old recently. Suddenly, Molik is ranked 12th in the world. Some are even saying she has a chance of becoming the first Australian female since Chris O'Neil in 1978 to win the Australian Open. How on earth did that happen?

"There's no one thing she did, she didn't have one special juice," says her coach, David Taylor.

Finally an Australian woman is starting to swing it with the best in the world and Molik has injected a spark of hope into the tennis community.

She belted her way to three singles titles last year, not to mention bagging a bronze at the Athens Olympics, and Molik has now won 26 of her past 30 matches. It has been a very happy new year for Molik, who notched up three consecutive wins at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.

"Three matches, three wins, it's a good way to start the year, she's obviously very confident from last year and that's carried over," Taylor says. "Confidence and doing it all - not just having isolated matches where she has played well against a better player but continually doing it - [has lifted her ranking]. The biggest thing is she only lost three matches all year to anyone ranked below her and that's quite an amazing statistic. People always saw her as someone who could beat good players but often didn't have consistency."
The blonde South Australian now has players like world No.1 Lindsay Davenport and No.3 Anastasia Myskina rating her ability highly. Davenport is a self-confessed "big fan" of Molik's and said that her best chance to win a slam could be the Australian Open.

"She has a huge forehand and serve and she also has a great attitude and outlook about the sport," Davenport has said.

The 182-centimetre Molik is an all-round athlete - apparently she also has a nice kick of the footy - but the key to her tennis is her powerful serve and strong groundstrokes.

"I am really impressed with her," said Myskina. "I think she is playing really well. [Her strength is] her serve, you can see that. She's serving 12 aces per match and I'm doing 12 double faults per match. It's a pretty big difference."

Last year Molik defeated a number of top 25 players, including Amelie Mauresmo, Ai Sugiyama, Nadia Petrova, Elena Dementieva and Myskina. With the praise starting to flow, Taylor said he was not surprised people outside Australia are noticing Molik.

"It's not surprising her peers are saying those things because she's beaten a lot of them ... she hasn't beaten Lindsay, but they are nice things," Taylor said. "She just takes it one step at a time, and one improvement at a time. She doesn't think her game's complete yet. I think if she maintains that attitude that's the best thing she can do."

Molik loped in her carefree way around the court yesterday. In the past she has been perceived as too placid - a very unfair tag, according to her coach.

"I think she's perceived by the Australian public, especially in the last few years, as maybe someone too laid-back and too relaxed and that's actually not really the way she approaches her tennis," Taylor said. "She has a burning desire to be a much better player but that doesn't come across always. She always got unfairly tagged as an underachiever. People that do know her well know she has a fierce desire to be a better player, she's very competitive in anything she does. She's also a very affable person. Unfortunately she used to be tagged as someone who didn't really believe she was a good player."

Taylor and Molik have been working together for about four years, and the fruits of the hard work are now apparent. "She's changed a lot of things in her game, it's just taken a while for her to become a complete player," the coach said. "She had a lot of holes in her game before and those holes have been pretty much patched up. Her goal is always to be more of a complete player than she is now."

But the big question is: can she win a slam? In particular, the Australian Open? "To win a grand slam when you haven't been past the fourth round is probably a very ambitious goal, but she can have a real impact down in Melbourne," Taylor said.

Molik's first opponent in Sydney this week is Italy's Francesca Schiavone, whom she beat last October. They play tomorrow.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/Tennis/Alicia-in-wonderland/2005/01/09/1105205980157.html?oneclick=true

Lisbeth
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:17 AM
:) Good luck to Alicia in Sydney!

Princess Sarah.
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:25 AM
i saw Alicia yesturday practicing against Daniela Hantuchova. She looked really good! I managed o get her autograph YAY!

Huntress555
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:34 AM
I won't get to see her play tomorrow! :( SO I hope she does really well :)

Good Lucky Alicia,:)

louloubelle
Jan 10th, 2005, 06:47 AM
Alicia in wonderland

The blonde South Australian now has players like world No.1 Lindsay Davenport and No.3 Anastasia Myskina rating her ability highly. Davenport is a self-confessed "big fan" of Molik's and said that her best chance to win a slam could be the Australian Open.

"She has a huge forehand and serve and she also has a great attitude and outlook about the sport," Davenport has said.

The 182-centimetre Molik is an all-round athlete - apparently she also has a nice kick of the footy - but the key to her tennis is her powerful serve and strong groundstrokes.

"I am really impressed with her," said Myskina. "I think she is playing really well. [Her strength is] her serve, you can see that. She's serving 12 aces per match and I'm doing 12 double faults per match. It's a pretty big difference."

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Nice that Myskina is rating Molik, she wasn't too complimentary about her a while back after their final in Sarasota a year or two back saying that she was just a serve. I suppose two losses to her does that!

ozfan44
Jan 10th, 2005, 07:17 AM
i thort alicia and ai were gonna team up in sydney and melb wats going on

no dubz for alicia?

Ashie_87
Jan 10th, 2005, 08:36 AM
I got to see Alicia train today (didn't get her autograph though:sad: ) but I took photos so I'll post them later tonight or tomorrow:D

Mr_Molik
Jan 10th, 2005, 11:06 AM
CMON ALICIA !!

broncosven
Jan 11th, 2005, 06:46 AM
Alicia played heaps well and won 7-6 6-1 (or something like that)

Mr_Molik
Jan 11th, 2005, 12:00 PM
well done alicia

Mr_Molik
Jan 12th, 2005, 12:12 PM
alicia def jankovic 6-3, 6-4 :dance:
draw is wide open, plays zuluaga in qfs then peng or nadia in the semis :cool:

Aussie_chic
Jan 12th, 2005, 12:18 PM
Molik continued her solid start to the year with a 6-3 6-4 success over Serbian Jelena Jankovic.

Congrats Alicia. Next up Zuluaga

Aussie_chic
Jan 12th, 2005, 12:21 PM
well Matt beat me to score but I do have this:

"But it wasn't without incident as Molik took a medical timeout for treatment for a left groin strain midway through the match. "

Hope alls well for her. (NO INJURIES THIS AO PLZ.)

azza
Jan 13th, 2005, 05:15 AM
i watches the alicia jelena match she did very good nice shots line calls where :o match was good standerd she beat zulu 6-1 6-2 todai :eek: :bowdown:

Lisbeth
Jan 13th, 2005, 05:29 AM
Good luck in the semi final Alicia :)

broncosven
Jan 13th, 2005, 06:06 AM
ALICIA IS ON FIRE !!

Watching her practice she seems so focused and motivated !

So Disrespectful
Jan 13th, 2005, 10:58 AM
Go Alicia!

Mr_Molik
Jan 13th, 2005, 11:06 AM
well done alicia :cool: should win this title now with only peng and then demented/sammy in her path

azza
Jan 15th, 2005, 03:02 AM
:o Sam is making Alicia look crap :o

Ashie_87
Jan 15th, 2005, 05:15 AM
yay! :woohoo: Alicia won 6-7, 6-4, 7-5:yeah: great job!

Huntress555
Jan 17th, 2005, 08:39 AM
Congrats to Alicia :)