Injury-free Molik to make a full-scale tennis comeback

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Sydney, Aug 21(ANI): Australian tennis player Alicia Molik, who retired in September last year, is making a full-scale comeback after being a year out of the game.

Molik, who was ranked number eight and had also won a bronze medal for Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will make a comeback at next week's WTA tournament in New Haven. She has also requested a wildcard for the US Open starting in New York on August 31.

The 28-year-old will partner American Meghann Shaughnessy in the doubles at the US Open.

"It's fantastic news," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Molik's agent Alice Estcourt, as saying.

"She's feeling healthy and fit and just really enjoying being out on the court and playing again without being injured," Estcourt added.

Molik had announced her retirement from professional tennis after experiencing nagging leg and elbow problems. She then started working for half a year as a commentator until she announced her comeback.

Molik won her first Grand Slam doubles title at the 2005 Australian Open with partner Svetlana Kuznetsova. She reached the top ten on the WTA tour for the first time in early 2005 following her first Grand Slam quarterfinal singles appearance, at the Australian Open, where she lost 9-7 in the final set to Lindsay Davenport. (ANI)

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