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Molik looks forward to strong WTA year

By James Dampney 31/12/2004 09:31:55 PM Comments (0)

Alicia Molik is itching for 2005 to arrive following a breakthrough season on the WTA Tour.

The Australian ended 2004 a career-high No.13 in the world rankings, winning three singles titles and more than $US650,000 ($A834,700) in prizemoney.

The highlight occurred in Zurich in October when Molik defeated four seeded players, including Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, en route to her first tier one title.

Her dream run continued a week later with another tournament win, this time in Luxembourg.

After a short break the South Australian is now geared up for an even better 2005, starting with an appearance alongside Mark Philippoussis at the Hopman Cup beginning in Perth on Sunday.

"I'm as confident as I was when I finished my 2004 season," Molik said.

"I had a great break, took a couple of weeks off and I've got my focus back.

"I've prepared as well as I possibly could, I've done as much as I can and I feel ready to go.

"I had a great end to the season last year and I'm still rolling with that as far as I'm concerned."

Molik has been earmarked as an outside chance for next month's Australian Open, while new Fed Cup coach John Alexander has labelled her a potential future world No.1.

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