Aussies Update: Comeback.
The theme for Australian tennis this year: comebacks.
And the latest to join the comeback trail is Alicia Molik, who will be making her singles comeback at a small $US25,000 Pro Circuit event in Darwin next month, almost a year since her retirement.
‘‘She’s hoping to [play in Darwin], that’s the plan,’’ her agent, Alice Estcourt of Octagon, confirmed yesterday. ‘‘But she’s just playing it by ear, seeing how she goes, how she’s feeling and will then go from there.’’
Source: the Age
Molik, who is 28 this year, hasn’t played since the Beijing Olympics. She is hoping first to play some doubles on the American hardcourt circuit, and take it from there on.
Alicia isn’t the only Australian making a comeback:
Jelena Dokic has resumed practising in Florida as she recovers from mononucleosis that went undiagnosed from May to July this year. She is planning to return at the tournament in New Haven, the week before the start of the US Open.
Sam Stosur, who has successfully managed her comeback from lyme disease is into the last 16 once again at the LA Women’s Tennis Championships. And you gotta be impressed with the scores: 6-1 6-2 over Monica Nicolsecu, and 6- 2 6-4 over Maria Kirilenko. Not the toughest of opponents, but she’s winning all the matches that she’s supposed to win with ease, which is saying something on the WTA tour at the moment.
Stosur plays Ivanovic next round: time for revenge.
Over in Washington, Lleyton Hewitt’s comeback from hip surgery is still in motion as he took down 15th seed Dudi Sela in 3 sets to reach the third round. Good news for Lleyton Hewitt: he is defending nothing for the rest of the year, so the only way to go is up.
Well well well. Isn’t this nice? Everyone loves a good comeback story, and we sure have a lot going on in that department.
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