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Alicia Molik

Australia

D.O.B.
Jan 27
1981
Height
5' 11 3/4"
1.82 m
Weight
159 lbs.
72 kg
Plays
Right-handed
one-handed backhand
Status
Pro (1996)
Biography
Currently without a coach ... Parents are Andrew and Teresa; older brother is Richard ... Has a West-Highland white terrier dog ... Enjoys good food, red wine, the Barossa Valley, Thai and Japanese cuisine, spending time with friends at home, bike riding, the beach and soccer games ... Favorite musicians are U2, Kylie Minogue, Coldplay and Robbie Williams; favorite movies are The Castle, Kath & Kim and any Australian comedy ... Donated $1,000 Australian dollars for every ace she served in 2005 SF match ($9,000 total) at Sydney to the Bushfire Appeal, benefitting those areas in South Australia who were greatly affected by bushfires.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (5): 2009 - ITF/Darwin-AUS, ITF/Kalgoorlie-AUS, ITF/Bendigo-AUS; 2005 - Sydney; 2004 - Stockholm, Zrich, Luxembourg; 2003 - Hobart; 2001 - ITF/Gifu-JPN, ITF/Fukuoka-JPN; 1999 - ITF/Gold Coast-AUS; 1998 - ITF/Wodonga 2-AUS, ITF/Kugayama 1-JPN, ITF/Ibaraki 2-JPN, ITF/Ibaraki 3-JPN, ITF/Kyoto-JPN, ITF/Saga-JPN, ITF/Queensland-AUS.
Finalist (4): 2005 - Doha; 2004 - Vienna; 2003 - Sarasota, Budapest.

DOUBLES
Winner (7): 2009 - ITF/Darwin-AUS (w/Kriz); 2007 - Roland Garros (w/Santangelo); 2005 - Australian Open, Miami (both w/Kuznetsova), Doha (w/Schiavone); 2004 - Eastbourne (w/Serna), Stockholm (w/Schett), Philadelphia (w/Raymond); 1998 - ITF/Warrnambool-AUS, ITF/Wodonga 2-AUS, ITF/Lyneham 3-AUS, ITF/Corowa-AUS (all w/McShea), ITF/Kugayama 1-JPN, ITF/Ibaraki 3-JPN, ITF/Kyoto-JPN (all w/Stewart), ITF/Saga-JPN (w/Barclay).
Finalist (9): 2007 - Dubai (w/Kuznetsova), Strasbourg (w/Sun), Los Angeles (w/Santangelo); 2006 - Istanbul (w/Mirza); 2005 - Dubai (w/Kuznetsova); 2004 - Amelia Island (w/Casanova); 2003 - Birmingham (w/Navratilova), New Haven (w/Serna); 2000 - Hobart (w/Clijsters).

MIXED DOUBLES
Finalist (3): 2007 - Wimbledon (w/Bjorkman); 2004 - Wimbledon, US Open (both w/Woodbridge).

ADDITIONAL
Australian Fed Cup Team, 1999-2004, 2006-08, 2010; Australian Olympic Team, 2000, 2004, 2008.
Career Review
1996 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit in Australia.

1997 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.

1998 - Played first WTA qualifying at Australian Open; won seven singles titles and eight doubles titles on ITF Circuit.

1999 - First Top 100 season; reached 3r once (Roland Garros) and 2r five times; fell 1r six times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying six times; made Top 100 debut on April 19 (rose from No.103 to No.94); won one singles title on ITF Circuit.

2000 - Reached 3r once (Australian Open) and 2r four times (incl. Wimbledon, US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. Roland Garros, Olympics) and in qualifying four times.

2001 - First Top 50 season; SF at Shanghai (l. to Seles); reached 3r three times (incl. US Open) and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying three times; made Top 50 debut on November 5 (rose from No.54 to No.47); won two singles titles on ITF Circuit.

2002 - Another Top 100 season; SF at Doha (l. to Seles); QF at Tokyo [Japan Open]; reached 2r five times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 12 times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying five times.

2003 - Another Top 50 season; won first WTA title at Hobart (d. Frazier in final; was first Australian to win a WTA title in eight years); runner-up twice, at Sarasota (l. to Myskina in final) and Budapest (l. to Serna in final); QF twice, at Shanghai and Luxembourg; reached 4r once, 3r twice (Wimbledon, US Open) and 2r once; fell 1r eight times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice; troubled by foot injuries all year: ret. in Australian Open 1r w/right foot injury and was out until mid-March, then ret. in Luxembourg QF w/left foot injury.

2004 - First Top 20 season; won three WTA titles, at Stockholm (d. Perebiynis in final), Zrich (d. Sharapova in final) and Luxembourg (d. Safina in final); runner-up at Vienna (l. to Smashnova in final); bronze medalist at Olympics (l. to Mauresmo in SF; d. Myskina for bronze medal); QF twice, at Birmingham and Philadelphia; reached 4r twice (incl. Australian Open), 3r four times (incl. Wimbledon) and 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r six times (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 20 debut on August 23 (after Olympics; rose from No.23 to No.18); won three WTA doubles titles, incl. Stockholm (w/Schett; swept singles and doubles titles without losing a set, the first straight set sweep since Hingis at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] in 2000).

2005 - Stellar start to season marred by illness; went 14-3 to start, winning fifth WTA title at Sydney (d. Stosur in first all-Australian WTA final since 1992 Brisbane) and reaching first Grand Slam QF at Australian Open (l. to Davenport; was first Australian-born woman to reach QF there since Minter in 1988); followed with SF at Antwerp (l. to Mauresmo) and runner-up finish at Doha (l. to Sharapova in final); after pre-QF losses at Dubai, Miami and Amelia Island, withdrew from rest of clay court season (Charleston, Berlin, Rome, Roland Garros) w/inner ear infection; attempted comeback at Birmingham but lost opener then withdrew from rest of grass court season (Eastbourne, Wimbledon) and early summer hardcourt season (Stanford, Toronto); after falling 1r in at New Haven and US Open, reached 2r at Bali but fell 1r four more times (Beijing, Filderstadt, Moscow, Zrich); withdrew from Hasselt and Philadelphia and announced extended break; having cracked Top 10 on January 31 (after Australian Open; rose from No.12 to No.10 - first Australian woman in Top 10 since Turnbull in 1985) and spending 22 weeks inside (incl. 12 weeks at career-high No.8), finished year No.29; won first Grand Slam doubles title at Australian Open (w/Kuznetsova) and two more titles at Doha (w/Schiavone) and Miami (w/Kuznetsova); cracked doubles Top 10 on February 28 (rose from No.11 to No.10) and spent 36 weeks inside (incl. two weeks at career-high No.6).

2006 - Returned to WTA in May having missed over six months (and better part of 12 months) w/inner ear infection; played first event back on ITF Circuit (l. 1r) then played 15 WTA events, reaching QF at Guangzhou and winning matches at three other events, reaching 3r at Roland Garros (as WC), 2r at Wimbledon (as WC) and 2r at Tokyo [Japan Open]; having started 2006 ranked outside Top 500, finished season at No.163.

2007 - Another Top 100 season; QF three times, at Hobart, Guangzhou and Tokyo [Japan Open]; reached 3r twice (incl. Australian Open) and 2r eight times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r nine times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying once; made Top 100 return on January 29 (after Australian Open; rose from No.141 to No.99) and remained inside all season, peaking at No.57; won second Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros (w/Santangelo); made doubles Top 10 return on August 20 (spent three weeks inside, all at No.8).

2008 - Reached 2r once (Australian Open); fell 1r six times (incl. Olympics) and in qualifying three times (incl. Roland Garros, Wimbledon); announced retirement on September 4.

2009 - Came out of retirement in August; played first two events in doubles at New Haven and US Open (w/Shaughnessy); won three singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.

2010 - Near-Top 100 season (finished No.110); reached 4r once and 2r five times (incl. Wimbledon); fell 1r five times (incl. other three majors) and in qualifying seven times.

2011 - Played two events, reaching 2r at both (Hobart, Australian Open - both as WC).
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