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Former World No.8 Alicia Molik has called time in her career three times, before subsequently announcing a comeback to the WTA tour. Every time the Australian has returned, she has failed to maintain the form that took her into the top echelon of women’s tennis. Below is a breakdown of her three careers on the women’s tour.
1st career (1999 – October 2005)
This is arguably Molik’s most successful time on tour, with some of her notable results being:
– Reaching a career high singles ranking of No.8.
– Claiming a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics (Women’s Singles).
– Reaching the quarter-finals of the 2005 Australian Open before losing to Davenport 9-7 in the third set.
– Winning WTA tour titles in 2003 Hobart (d. Frazier), 2004 Stockholm (d. Perebiynis), 2004 Zurich (d. Sharapova), 2004 Luxembourg City (d. Safina) and 2005 Sydney (d. Stosur).
– Winning the 2005 Australian Open doubles title with Svetlana Kuznetsova.
2nd career (April 2006 – September 2008)
To Molik’s standards, this was a period filled with mediocre results before announcing her temporary retirement from constant leg and elbow problems. Her best results were:
– Reaching the third round at the 2006 French Open (l. to Sharapova) and 2007 Australian Open (l. to Schnyder).
– Winning the 2007 Wimbledon doubles title with Mara Santangelo.
3rd career (July 2009 – present)
Although Molik announced her comeback in July 2009, playing tennis doesn’t appear to be her main priority with the veteran requesting a place on the Tennis Australia board. Her singles results have been dismal, winning only one match at the Grand Slams, which came at Wimbledon. It remains to be seen whether the 29-year old can return to the form in her 1st career.