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Old Jan 18th, 2013, 03:57 AM   #19
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Re: Fed Cup 2013

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/m...118-2cxz4.html



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Molik takes over as Fed Cup captain

Alicia Molik will succeed her former coach, David Taylor, as Australia's Fed Cup captain, after the former world No.8 was preferred to Todd Woodbridge, Rennae Stubbs and Nicole Pratt. But there will be little time to settle in, with the opening world group tie to be played against the reigning champions from the Czech Republic in Ostrava in just three weeks.

The popular Molik, 31, was unbeaten in doubles and compiled a 12-15 win-loss record in singles over 22 Federation Cup ties from 1999. She is a two-time grand slam doubles champion and Athens Olympic singles bronze medallist, now forging a media career. Nicole Bradtke will remain as Fed Cup coach.

"Dave has left big shoes to fill and I am really inspired by the challenge. It is an exciting time in Australian tennis and we have the talent in this team to produce some great results," said Molik, who acknowledged the difficulty of facing the strong Czech team away.

"Of course we go in underdogs, but undaunted. These girls showed against Germany in Germany last year that they are capable of playing wonderful tennis and winning ties that no one expects them to win."

Woodbridge, Tennis Australia's head of professional tennis, will fill a mentoring role.
"Alicia has a wealth of experience at the top level and in Fed Cup and will be a great leader for this team," he said.
"Alicia's strong and recent involvement with the tour and Fed Cup give her a great perspective for the captaincy and her personality and leadership style will be an asset for the team."
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