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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

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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Molik Def [15] Hantuchova 6-4 6-3 :D

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.
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