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Brisbane: Molik, Clijsters Set to Meet

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

Little to report on the men’s side from Brisbane as heavy rain postponed the scheduled main draw matches. James Blake and Andy Roddick did manage to make it through in the doubles, though.

On the women’s side, Andrea Petkovic put out eighth seed and all-round unreliable Iveta Benesova, but the biggest news was wildcard Alicia Molik, making her return to the tour, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 64 16 64.

I watched Alicia playing not long ago on livestream and was struck by just how much I love her game. It’s great to see her back on the tour and winning matches – albeit probably not for long this week, as she faces Kim Clijsters next who disposed of Tathiana Garbin 62 61. Clijsters and Molik are long-standing contemporaries and friends, as their post-match pressers demonstrate (Kim’s is here, Alicia’s here). I’m excited.

Bring it on.

Full Results:

Singles – First Round
(1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. Tathiana Garbin (ITA) 62 61
(7) Melinda Czink (HUN) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 36 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (8) Iveta Benesova (CZE) 67(6) 62 61
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 61
Vania King (USA) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 64 61
(WC) Alicia Molik (AUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(3) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Madison Brengle (USA) 64 64
Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) d. (7) Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 64 36 76(4)
(8) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 46 20 ret. (left ankle sprain)
Ekaterina Ivanova (RUS) d. Kathrin Woerle (GER) 61 61

4 Responses to “Brisbane: Molik, Clijsters Set to Meet”

  1. Jacko said

    So disappointed in adidas keeping their players wearing the same stuff since the USO (melanie too in HC)….although i’m intrigued by the blue and black in the first Alicia pic….

    • Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

      Yeah, I’ve always loved the combination of black and blue. Adidas should definitely step it up clothes-wise though. I wonder what Justine will get.

      • Jackobeanz said

        she played the exos in that purple numbers Oudin wore in doubles for HC

        • Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

          Thanks, I was just hoping they’d give her something else. I like Adidas but they really need to take a page out of Nike’s book and stop pulling this crap.

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