I wouldnt say that she played great tennis, but she certainly displayed some fine form at times...I didnt see the second set but watched the 1st and 3rd sets. Alicia just needs to work on her consistency and one thing she needs to do is learn to hit more winners because she has the shots! She has the makings of a player that can dictate points, but funnily enough Paola was dictating a lot of the play. Anyway, I agree with the fact that she will have a great year, she definately has improved her strokes the past 12 months <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> She wins a LOT of points off that serve of hers, but just needs to be patient and learn to structure her shots better <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I'm very happy for Paola! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> As she is is my 4th favorite player overall, I was going for her, but this being a teams event, (and me being Aussie <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> ) I'd like to see Australia win ( but its really hard for me to cheer for Hewitt <img src="graemlins/angel.gif" border="0" alt="[Angel]" /> ).
Ah what the hell! Go both teams! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
The mixed doubles match has to be decided by the super tie-break again!! Argentina got the 1st set 7-5, but Australia fought back in the 2nd set, winning 6-3!!! But then the ABC channel stopped the TV coverage!!!
Hewitt beats rival, illness<br />By DIGBY BEACHAM in Perth<br />03jan02
LLEYTON Hewitt climbed off his sickbed yesterday to lift Australia to a stirring 2-1 win over Argentina and the brink of a berth in Saturday's Hopman Cup final.
Hewitt needed medical attention before his singles match against Mariano Zabaleta, the world No. 60 who had beaten the reigning US Open champion at their only previous meeting in 2000. <br />After trailing 1-3 in the opening set, Hewitt peeled off five straight games to take it 6-3 and then clinched the match by taking the second set 6-4 after breaking Zabaleta in the seventh game.
He then combined with Alicia Molik, beaten 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 earlier by Paola Suarez, to claim an enthralling mixed doubles rubber 5-7 6-3 7-6 (10-7).
Hewitt, who looked pale, was unable to attend the customary press conference after the mixed doubles, whisked away from the venue for health tests.
Australia led the newly introduced super tiebreak 8-2, but Argentina forced the decider back on serve when it won five consecutive points.
A backhand volley into the open court by Molik set up match point and Australia sealed the tie when Suarez netted a forehand.
The tiebreak was locked at 2-2 when Molik produced the shot of the tournament, a running forehand which went around the net post, the first of six straight points to Australia.
The host nation will play fellow Group B contender Spain tonight for the right to advance to the final and an opportunity to take out the unique mixed teams championship for the second time in four years.
Hewitt became ill on Tuesday night and when he arrived at the Burswood Dome yesterday morning, concerned tournament officials quickly sent for a doctor.
Tournament director Paul McNamee admitted Hewitt's mystery fever was debilitating and claimed most players in his situation would have forfeited.
"I don't feel great, that's no great secret," Hewitt said after his singles win. "But I had to come out and play for the crowd and play for Australia.
"After getting down an early break, I stepped it up a notch and I felt I played a pretty good match."
Hewitt lacked his usual pep early in the singles and fell behind a break.
If anything though, his illness seemed to galvanise his thoughts, with his forehand finding the mark often.