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Molik down but not yet out of US Open

By Darren Walton 18/07/2005 02:53:08 PM Comments (0)

Alicia Molik hasn't given up on playing in next month's US Open as she continues to fight the frustrating inner ear infection that has so cruelly stalled her blossoming tennis career.

Molik's straight-sets loss to American Laura Granville in the first round of a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham last month has been the Australian's only match since being stopped in her tracks in April by vestibular neuronitis.

The energy-sapping condition causes dizziness and loss of perception and balance - and could not have struck Molik at a worse time.

She was flying at a career-high world No.8 after winning four tournaments and an Olympic bronze medal in seven glorious months and opening 2005 on fire with 12 straight victories and an Australian Open quarter-final berth.

But after making a premature comeback as she eyed off the Wimbledon crown, the 24-year-old is now putting her health ahead of her tennis ambitions.

The Melbourne-based South Australian is able to practice and is likely to make a decision about the US Open, which starts on August 29, by the end of the month.

Molik has already had to sit out the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

"She would hate to think she would have to miss three grand slams in one year, especially after how she was going," Molik's manager Lisa Chaffey from Octagon said.

"Obviously the US Open is something she would like to get to, but she's not going to front up to New York without having any tournaments under her belt.

"Really, the next week or so will determine a lot more."

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