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Arrow Alicia Molik's 2003 Season REVIEW

Alicia Molik's 2003 Year in Review:

by SpikeyAidanm


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I felt excruciating pain. I didn't know what it was; I don't know what it is, I'll have an MRI scan tomorrow. I can't put pressure on it, I can't walk, I can't do anything…but these things happen. What can you do?
... after straining her ankle in her 1r Aus Open clash.

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SINGLES RANK: #36, 911 points
HIGHEST SINGLES: #34 (September)
WON/LOST: 40-22 (65%)
TITLES: 1 (from 3 finals)

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DOUBLES RANK: #36, 910.5 points
HIGH DOUBLES: #36 (November)
TITLES: 0 (from 2 finals)



Like one of Alicia Molik’s favourite beverages - wine, the success and fruitfulness of her tennis game has matured with age. 2003 proved to be an enormous breakthrough season for the South-Australian who is so well-known for her down to earth and laidback attitude. In the space of eleven months Alicia leapt from a ranking of 96 to a rank nearly three times less than that figure – 35 (which ended up to be the 6th best ranking leap from all players who finished in the top 50).

Consistency was also a component of Alicia’s repertoire that was mastered more significantly than any previous years, she finished with a overall superb win-loss record of 40-22 which including her first title, occurring in her home country in Hobart. In the midst of this, Molik experienced her first major injuries (a right ankle tendon strain and a plantar fascia tear in her left foot) that would force her to retire from two matches, two of which she had taken the first set off (in Melbourne against Tulyaganova and in Luxembourg against Rubin. As such, her year remained one that was perhaps restricted, but nevertheless sincerely gratifying.

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Alicia’s 2003 Statistics
Hopman Cup: 3-1 (75%)

Def Farina Elia 6-3, 6-4
Def Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2
Def Bedanova 7-6(3), 7-5
Lost S.Williams 2-6, 3-6

Fed Cup: 2-2 (50%)

Def Ruano-Pascual 6-3, 6-4
Lost Serna 4-6, 1-6
Def Castano 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-2
Lost Zuluaga 2-6, 7-6(4), 8-10

On Outdoor Hard: 19-9 (68%)

Def Farina Elia 6-3, 6-4
Def Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2
Def Bedanova 7-6(3), 7-5
Lost S.Williams 2-6, 3-6

Def Sucha 6-1, 6-2
Def Srebotnik 6-3, 6-0
Def Zvonareva 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4
Def Benesova 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Def Frazier 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Lost Tulyaganova 6-3, 4-6 ret
Def Schett 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(3)
Def Hantuchova 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Def Likhovtseva 7-6(7), 6-3
Lost Dokic 1-6, 4-6

Def Haynes 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Lost Maleeva 1-6, 3-6
Lost Suarez 4-6, 4-6
Lost Dementieva 3-6, 6-7(7)


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Def Vakulenko 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Def Barna 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Def Perebiynis 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(3)
Lost Bovina 3-6, 6-7(4)
Def Kostanic 7-6(4), 6-3
Def Martinez 7-5, 6-4
Lost Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 2-6

Def Pennetta 6-3, 6-2
Def Craybas 6-4, 6-3
Lost Morigami 6-7(3), 5-7

On Indoor Hard/Carpet: 7-5 (58%)

Def Castano 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-2
Lost Zuluaga 2-6, 7-6(4), 8-10
Def Jeyaseelan 6-4, 6-1
Lost Beygelzimer 4-6, 6-7(4)
Lost Gehrlein 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6

Def Sprem 7-6(3), 6-1
Def Granville 6-4, 6-1
Def Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4
Lost Bovina 6-4, 6-1
Def Grande 6-3, 6-3
Def Medina Garrigues 6-4, 6-1
Lost Rubin 7-5, 4-5 ret



2003 FIRST QUARTER POINTS BREAK DOWN:


WEEK 1: Hopman Cup (Final) (x pts)
WEEK 2: Hobart (Champion) (127 pts)
WEEK 3/4: AUSTRALIAN OPEN (First Round) (2 pts)
WEEK 5: idle (injury)
WEEK 6: idle (injury)
WEEK 7: idle (injury)
WEEK 8: 50K Mesa Challenger (First Round) (1 pt)
WEEK 9: idle (rest)
WEEK 10/11: idle (rest)
WEEK 12/13: Miami (Fourth Round) (113 pts)

BEST WIN: Hobart QF - Zvonareva 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4
WORST LOSS: Miami 4r – Dokic 1-6, 4-6


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I’ve been practicing really well the last couple of weeks. I really expected myself to perform the way I have been. But, no doubt, with the quality practice I’ve come into this event with a lot of confidence…. on the whole I’ve really expected myself to play at this level.
... showing admirable self-belief after the Hopman Cup.

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The inaugural Australian Tennis Training Champ that occurred in late December refined and polished off Molik’s arsenal that would be unleashed with the hottest of starts, including wins over #17 – Farina Elia, #8 – Hantuchova and #37 Bedanova in the Hopman Cup. A satisfying trio of results indeed.

Yet it was the next week in Hobart that the Australian started to generate some of her own attention as she outclassed a worthy multitude of high seeds, a talented Russian and a reigning champion en route to an accomplishment that every pro Tennis Player Dreams of – winning their first tournament title.

Alicia’s rites of passage journey to transform from a modest player to an exceptional one was given a grand halt at the hands of a right ankle tendon strain sustained while running for a drop shot late in the second set against Iroda Tulyaganova. Such events would become a characteristic of Alicia’s sixth year on the circuit, only confirming the unpredictable notion of occurrences that would confront the girl sometimes known as “Punch.”

Rather than play within herself, Alicia made a pivotal attempt to be more aggressive and she was rewarded. It was the Nasdaq-100 Open that ensured that Alicia was not in for another let down; in essence, a tournament that she would display, arguably for the first time - a heart of lion (scoring wins over Schett and Hantuchova from behind) which in the past had been somewhat camouflaged by her easy going nature.

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On Clay: 12-6 (67%)

Lost to Kurhajcova 2-6, 4-6
Def Kapros 7-5, 6-3
Def Snyder 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Def Vento-Kabchi 7-5, 7-5
Def Schett 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
Def Martinez 6-2, 6-1
Def Fernandez 6-3, 4-3 ret
Def Majoli 6-3, 6-4
Lost Myskina 4-6, 1-6

Def Sucha 6-1, 6-0
Def Cohen-Aloro 6-1, 6-2
Def Gajdosova 6-4, 6-3
Def Sanchez-Lorenzo 6-4, 6-4
Lost Serna 6-3, 5-7, 4-6

Def Ruano-Pascual 6-3, 6-4
Lost Serna 4-6, 1-6
Lost Gagliardi 2-6, 4-6
Lost Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6

On Grass: 2-2 (50%)

Lost Vinci 2-6, 6-3, 3-6
Def Safina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Def Likhovtseva 6-3, 6-4
Lost Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I'm going in with a lot of confidence…I've been doing well the rest of the year; I've won a heap of matches. Until May-June, I was among the top five or six performers as far as number of matches won on the tour. I beat a lot of top-10 and top-20 players, so I know if I come up against them here I can perform.
... before her 2003 French Open campaign.

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2003 SECOND QUARTER POINTS BREAK DOWN:


WEEK 14: Sarasota (Final) (141.5 pts)
WEEK 15: idle (unable to enter Charleston qualifying due to Sarasota final)
WEEK 16: Budapest (Final) (69 pts)
WEEK 17: FED CUP Round One (x pts)
WEEK 18: idle (rest)
WEEK 19: idle (rest)
WEEK 20: idle (rest)
WEEK 21: Madrid (First round) (1 pt)
WEEK 22/23: ROLAND GARROS (First Round) (2 pts)
WEEK 24: Birmingham (First Round) (1 pt)
WEEK 25: idle (unable to enter Eastbourne qualifying due to Birmingham doubles final)
WEEK 26/27: WIMBLEDON (Third Round) (102 pts)

BEST WIN: Wimbledon 2r - Likhovtseva 6-3, 6-4
WORST LOSS: Roland Garros 1r – Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6


Like everyone’s 18th birthday party, Alicia’s second quarter was filled with thrills and spills. Two straight clay court finals in Sarasota and Budapest, as well as achieving her first Slam round of thirty-two result (at Wimbledon) since the US Open 2001, were unorthodoxly sandwiched by a pile of hindrances and disappointments.

With an astonishing 13-4 clay court record compiled during the course of the second quarter, Alicia started as a slight favourite in her opening round match-up against the experienced but out of sorts Magdalena Maleeva, at the French Open. The three-set conquest to the Bulgarian symbolised a change in the fortunes for the two, Maleeva would go on the reach the fourth round (winning a set off Clijsters) and then win the Birmingham title, whilst Alicia would be a victim of a serious setback, losing to a qualifier (Vinci) on the Birmingham grass courts.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I don't think I was as positive. Few too many negative thoughts in my head, I guess.
... after the Sarasota final.

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Grand Slams: 4-4 (40%)

Aus Open: 1r – lost Tulyaganova 6-3, 4-6 ret
Roland Garros: 1r – lost Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6
Wimbledon: 3r – lost Henin-Hardenne 4-6, 4-6
US Open 3r – Lost Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 2-6

Retired/Walkover: 1-2 (33%)

Lost Tulyaganova 6-3, 4-6 ret
Def Fernandez 6-3, 4-3 ret
Lost Rubin 7-5, 4-5 ret

Three Set Record: 13-6 (68%)

Def Zvonareva 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4
Def Benesova 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Def Frazier 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Def Schett 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Def Hantuchova 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Def Snyder 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Def Schett 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
Lost Serna 6-3, 5-7, 4-6
Lost Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6
Lost Vinci 2-6, 6-3, 3-6


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Def Safina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Def Castano 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-2
Lost Zuluaga 2-7, 7-6(4), 8-10
Def Haynes 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Def Vakulenko 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Def Barna 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Def Perebiynis 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(3)
Lost Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 2-6
Lost Gehrlein 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6


2003 THIRD QUARTER POINTS BREAK DOWN:
WEEK 28: idle (rest)
WEEK 29: FED CUP Relegation Tie (x pts)
WEEK 30: idle (rest)
WEEK 31: idle (rest)
WEEK 32: Los Angeles (2nd Round) (17 pts)
WEEK 33: Toronto (1st Round) (1 pt)
WEEK 34: New Haven (1st Round) (27.75 pts)
WEEK 35/36: FLUSHING MEADOWS (Third Round) (134 pts)

BEST WIN: US Open 2r – Martinez 6-4, 7-5
WORST LOSS: US Open 3r – Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 2-6


After a topsy-turvy second quarter, Alicia was determined to become more consistent throughout the US summer stretch. She looked rusty in Wollongong for the Fed Cup regulation tie, scraping past Castano in three sets yet taking higher ranked Zuluaga to the wire (losing 8-10 in the third). Whilst this loss could be described as one of her “better ones,” it turned out to forge an obstacle that the Aussie would find hard to overcome during the next set of tournaments – that was a loss of confidence.

Instead of displaying her aggressive net rushing tactics that merited her during Wimbledon, she played with a sense of angst, often becoming reluctant to use her weapons.

She rebounded with an impressive run to the third round of the US Open for a second time, beating Jelena Kostanic and the seeded veteran Conchita Martinez before once again failing to break the Suarez wall, which represented a missed prospect of becoming a potential Grand Slam quarter-finalist.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I've just been going for it … there's only one way to beat these [top] girls. You can't hold back. I think every time you step out on the court, you have to really go for it.
... after her US Open 2r win over Conchita Martinez.

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The 6-1 and 6-4 affair: 4-4 (50%)

Miami 4r – lost Dokic 1-6, 4-6
Sarasota F – lost Myskina 4-6, 1-6
Fed Cup RR – lost Serna 4-6, 1-6
Wimbledon 1r – def Safina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Moscow q1r – def Jeyaseelan 6-4, 6-1
Zurich q2r – def Granville 6-4, 6-1
Zurich 1r – lost Bovina 4-6, 1-6
Luxembourg 2r – def Medina Garrigues 6-4, 6-1


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
It's less than two weeks away, so they're leaving it pretty late. I think it's pretty crazy to leave it this late, but that's what we have to put up with.
... on the delayed selection of the Fed Cup regulation tie squad during Wimbledon.

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Tiebreak record: 10–7 (59%)

vs Bedanova, Hopman RR: Won 7-3
vs Zvonareva, Hobart QF: Won 7-4
vs Schett, Miami 1r: Lost 5-7
vs Schett, Miami 1r: Won 7-3
vs Likhovtseva, Miami 3r: Won 9-7
vs Snyder, Sarastoa qr2: Lost 5-7
vs Castano, Fed Cup RR: Won 8-6
vs Zuluaga, Fed Cup RR: Won 7-4
vs Dementieva, Toronto 1r: Lost 7-9
vs Perebiynis, New Haven qr3: Won 7-4
vs Perebiynis, New Haven qr3: Won 7-3
vs Bovina, New Haven 1r, Lost 4-7
vs Kostanic, US Open 1r, Won 7-4
vs Morigami, Shanghai QF, Lost 3-7
vs Beygelzimer, Moscow q2r – Lost 4-7
vs Gehrlein, Filderstadt qr1 – Lost 3-7
vs Sprem, Zurich – Won 7-3


2003 FOURTH QUARTER POINTS BREAK DOWN:
WEEK 37: idle (rest)
WEEK 38: Shanghai (Quarter-Finals) (61 pts)
WEEK 39: idle (rest)
WEEK 40: Moscow (Qualifying-2nd Round) (6.25 pts)
WEEK 41: Filderstadt (Qualifying-1st Round) (1 pt)
WEEK 42: Zurich (1st Round) (56.5 pts)
WEEK 43: Luxembourg (Quarter-Final) (49 pts)

BEST WIN: Zurich q3r – Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4
WORST LOSS: Shanghai QF – Morigami 6-7(3), 5-7


Being a seed (#6) for the first time for the entire year, Alicia embraced the Shanghai crowds with two straight set victories over the inconsistent Flavia Pennetta and gallant Jill Craybas before suffering what inevitably would become her most disappointing loss of 2003 – a heartbreaking 6-7, 5-7 defeat to the significantly lower ranked and less hyped Akiko Morigami. This would mark the start of a dovetail as “Euro-Alicia” played Moscow, Fildersadt and Zurich for the first time in her career. She accumulated a respectable 56.6 rankings points from Zurich despite losing in the first round thanks to three straight sets wins in a row in the qualifying.

Yet the immense drama of Alicia’s 2003 year was captivated by a shallow but moreover tragic finish to the Luxembourg tournament, after winning the first set 7-5 against #10 Chanda Rubin, Alicia suffered a plantar fascia tear in her left foot late in the second set, she carried on but stopped at 5-4 down; cautious of her feet, that like her 2003 year has undergone a rollercoaster ride that even she will never forget.


2003 Points Total (Best 17 Results): 911 pts
2002 Points Total: 384 pts
Points Discrepancy: + 527

2003 Year End Singles Rank: #36
2002 Year End Singles Rank: #94
Singles Rank Discrepancy: +58


Versus Top Twenty players: 3-8 (27%)

Hopman Cup RR – def Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2
Miami 2r – def Hantuchova 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Miami 4r – lost Dokic 1-6, 4-6
Sarasota F – lost Myskina 4-6, 1-6
Roland Garros 1r – lost Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6
Wimbledon 3r – lost Henin-Hardenne 4-6, 4-6
San Diego 2r – lost Maleeva 1-6, 3-6
Toronto 1r –lost Dementieva 3-6, 6-7(7)
New Haven 1r – lost Bovina 3-6, 6-7(7)
US Open 2r – def Martinez 7-5, 6-4
Luxembourg QF – lost Rubin 7-5, 4-5 ret

Versus Younger Players: 19-10 (66%)

Def Gajdosova (16 yrs) – Budapest QF
Def Safina (17 yrs) –Wimbledon 1r
Def Kuznetsova (18 yrs) –Zurich q3r
Def Sprem (19 yrs) –Zurich q1r
Def Haynes (19 yrs) – San Diego 2r
Def Zvonareva (19 yrs) –Hobart QF
Def Kapros (20 yrs) –Sarasota q1r
Lost Kurhajcova (20 yrs) –Mesa Chall 1r
Def Vakulenko (20 yrs) –New Haven q1r
Def Hantuchova (20 yrs) –Hopman Cup RR / Miami 2r
Lost Dokic (20 yrs) –Miami 4r
Def Cohen-Aloro (20 yrs) –Budapest 2r
Lost Bovina (20 yrs) –New Haven 1r / Zurich 1r
Def Benesova (20 yrs) – Hobart SF
Def Perebiynis (20 yrs) – New Haven q3r
Def Medina Garrigues (21 yrs) – Luxembourg 2r
Lost Henin-Hardenne (21 yrs) – Wimbledon 3r
Lost Gehrlein (21 yrs) – Filderstadt q1r
Def Pennetta (21 yrs) – Shanghai 1r
Lost Tulyaganova (21 yrs) – Aus Open 1r
Lost Dementieva (22 yrs) – Toronto 1r
Lost S.Williams (22 yrs) – Hopman Cup F
Def Fernandez (22 yrs) – Sarasota QF
Lost Myskina (22 yrs) – Sarasota F
Def Kostanic (22 yrs) – US Open 1r
Def Granville (22 yrs) – Zurich q2r
Def Srebotnik (22 yrs) – Hobart 2r

Solved/Unsolved riddles ~ W/L versus multiple 2003 opponents

Vs Suarez: 0-2
Vs Bovina: 0-2
Vs Hantuchova: 2-0
Vs Martinez: 2-0
Vs Serna: 0-2
Vs Maleeva: 0-2
Vs Likhovtseva: 2-0
Vs Schett: 2-0
Vs Sucha: 2-0



Doubles overview:


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
She is a champion and she's a great lady. Each time we stepped out on court I learnt a lot and tried to get as much advice and tips from her as I could…she provides a lot of confidence and experience. Above all that, she's a fantastic person.
... on the legendary Martina Navratilova.

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Like her singles year, Alicia climbed up the ladder in doubles in a rush. Her most memorable partnership would come with omnipotent Martina Navratilova, the two were runners up at Birmingham to Els Callens and Meilen Tu. The previous tournament, Alicia had combined with the bubbly Elena Bovina (a player who would prove to be her singles nemesis in 2003), the two put their early round singles losses behind them to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals.

Whilst Alicia juggled between partners throughout the season, she stayed with Magui Serna for most of the second half. The two combined to reach the New Haven doubles final and also achieved a SF in Zurich (defeating the highly rated team of Raymond/Stubbs) and a QF in Moscow. Alicia played 16 doubles tournaments this year, averaging around 57 points per event.


2003 Year End Doubles Rank: #36
2002 Year End Doubles Rank: #104
Doubles Rank Discrepancy: +68



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2003 BEST WINS:
HM. Zurich QF- def Raymond/Stubbs 7-5, 7-6(3) (with Serna) … for the first time in 2003, Lisa and Rennae were beaten

10. New Haven q3r – def Perebiynis 5-7 7-6(4) 7-6(3) … third straight three set victory cemented her competitor status

9. Sarasota SF – def Majoli 6-3, 6-4 … 17 aces on clay

8. Wimbledon 1r – [b def Safina 6-1, 4-6, 6-4[/b] … ending a streak of 3 consecutive first round and grand slam defeats

7. Zurich qr3 – def Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 …second consecutive victory over a more fancied and flashy Russian

6. Hobart 1r/2r - def Sucha 6-1, 6-2 / def Srebotnik 6-3, 6-0 … demolished the defending champ and then the top seed whilst only losing 3 games each

5. Sarasota 2r – def Martinez 6-2, 6-1 … a trouncing over the Queen of Clay on Alicia’s least favourite surface

4. US Open 2r – def Martinez 7-5, 6-4 … Grand Slam opportunity seized

3. Miami 2r – def Hantuchova 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 … down 6-2, 5-2 40-15


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
It was the second time I've beaten her and I know it was in the back of my mind, so I'm sure it was in the back of hers. In saving the 2 match points in the 2nd set, I just defended really well, getting the ball back and I'm sure that I surprised her. I think this was the key to the match. In the third set I had my mind set and I took it convincingly.
Alicia after her courageous fight back against the fifth seeded Slovakian in Miami.

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2. Hobart F – def Frazier 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 … beats the 2nd seed to become the first Australian woman to win a title since 1995

1. Hobart QF – def Zvonareva 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4 … down 2 match points against the immensely talented Russian


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2003 WORST LOSSES:


HM. Fed Cup RR – lost Zuluaga 2-6, 7-6(4), 8-10 … only because it shattered her confidence levels

10. Miami 4r - lost Dokic 1-6, 4-6 …Alicia’s backhand was exploited in her loss against a player enduring a sub - .50 record.

9. Madrid 1r - lost Gagliardi 2-6, 4-6 … first “proper” opening round defeat came at the hands of a player who Cindy Watson and Bryanne Stewart has defeated

8. Moscow q2r - lost Beygelzimer 4-6, 6-7(4) … playing as the top seed in qualies and on a fast surface

7. Fed Cup 1r - lost Serna 4-6, 1-6 … if Alicia had won this crucial 4th rubber, Australia would have made the Fed Cup quarters

6. Birmingham 1r - lost Vinci 2-6, 6-3, 3-6 … on grass?

5. San Diego 2r - lost Maleeva 1-6, 3-6 … chance to face Likhovsteva (who she was 2-0 against this year) was diminished in less than an hour

4. US Open 3r - lost Suarez 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 … unfortunately she wasn’t able to capitalize on a major chance to reach her first GS fourth round and guess who was waiting there again…Likhovtseva!

3. Filderstadt q1r - lost Gehrlein 6-4, 6-7(3), 3-6 … a choker against an inexperienced and practically unknown newcomer who (research just made the flight)

2. Roland Garros 1r - lost Maleeva 3-6, 6-3, 1-6 … Alicia had beaten her in their last grand slam encounter

1. Shanghai QF - lost Morigami 6-7(3), 5-7 … opportunity to reach her first ever Tier II semi was blew by this loss to a much lowered ranked opponent


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
I can't get ahead of myself and start predicting where I'll be in six or 12 months in the rankings . . . but if I play this type of tennis more often, yes, I'm going to have bad losses, but I think on the whole I'll have a lot of really good wins.
... after her Hobart title.

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Molik in singles finals:

1998 ITF Ibaraki - WON
1998 ITF Kyoto - WON
1998 ITF Kugayama - WON
1998 ITF Wodonga - WON
1998 ITF Saga - WON
1999 ITF Gold Coast - WON
2001 ITF Gifu - WON
2003 Hobart – WON
2003 Sarasota – LOST
2003 Budapest - LOST



Alicia vs the Top 20 of 2003


#1 – Justine Henin-Hardenne

Lost 2-6, 2-6, US Open 2r – 2000
Lost 2-6, 1-6, Fed Cup 1r - 2002
Lost 4-6, 4-6, Wimbledon 3r - 2003

#2 – Kim Clijsters

Lost 6-7(3), 3-6, Los Angeles 3r – 2001
Lost 3-6, 3-6, Fed Cup RR - 2001
Lost 0-6, 2-6, Fed Cup 1r - 2002

#3 – Serena Williams

Lost 2-6, 3-6, Key Biscayne 2r - 1999
Lost 2-6, 3-6, Hopman Cup F – 2003

#4 – Amelie Mauresmo

Never played.

#5 – Lindsay Davenport

Lost 4-6, 2-6, Wimbledon 2r – 2001

#6 – Jennifer Capriati

Never played.

#7 – Anastasia Myskina

Lost 4-6, 1-6, Sarasota F – 2003

#8 – Elena Dementieva

Lost 3-6, 6-7(7), Toronto 1r – 2003

#9 – Chanda Rubin

Won 6-1, 7-6(4), Los Angeles 2r - 2001
Lost 7-5, 4-5 ret, Luxembourg QF - 2003

#10 – Ai Sugiyama

Won 6-2, 6-2, Charleston 1r – 2002

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#11 - Venus Williams

Lost 3-6, 1-6, Roland Garros 3r – 1999
Lost 1-6, 2-6, US Open 2r - 2002

#12 – Nadia Petrova

Never played.

#13 – Vera Zvonareva

Won 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4, Hobart QF - 2003

#14 – Paola Suarez

Lost 6-7(5), 6-2, 4-6, Hopman Cup RR - 2002
Lost 4-6, 4-6, Los Angeles 1r – 2003
Lost 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, US Open 3r – 2003

#15 – Jelena Dokic

Won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, Birmingham 2r – 2001
Lost 1-6, 4-6, Miami 4r - 2003

#16 – Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi

Lost 5-7, 2-6, Madrid 2r -2002

#17 – Meghann Shaughnessy

Won 6-1, 7-6(1), Sydney 1r – 2001
Lost 4-6, 4-6, Sydney 1r - 2002

#18 - Conchita Martinez

Lost 4-6, 7-6(8), 3-6, Sydney 2r – 2001
Lost 6-2, 0-6, 5-7, Fed Cup RR - 2001
Won 6-2, 6-1, Sarasota 2r – 2003
Won 7-5, 6-4, US Open 2r - 2003

#19 - Daniela Hantuchova

Won 6-4, 6-2, Hopman Cup RR – 2003
Won 2-6, 7-5, 6-0, Miami 2r – 2003

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia Molik
It’s my first top-ten scalp. That’s something that I was searching for this year and I hadn’t found it, so with one day to go it has come at the right time.
... after her victory of Daniela Hantuchova (#8 at the time) on New Year’s Eve, 2002.

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#20 – Francesca Schiavone

Never Played.



Best of luck in 2004, Alicia!

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