Molik Ousts Zheng in Dubai

Alicia Molik notched her first Top 20 win in three years in the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.

Published February 14, 2010 12:00

Molik Ousts Zheng in Dubai
Zheng Jie

DUBAI, UAE - Sunday saw the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships kick off and one of the quieter Sony Ericsson WTA Tour comeback kids made a quick first impression at the Premier event.

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In the last match of the day, Alicia Molik - who labored through three-setters in both of her qualifying matches - upset one of the Australian Open's breakout performers, Zheng Jie. Seeded No.16, Zheng fell to the ex-Top 10 player, who returned to the Tour last fall after a year in retirement, 63 46 62.

Molik's win over the No.20-ranked Zheng was her first win over a Top 20 player since she beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld at this same event three years ago.

The other two seeds in action, No.11 seed Marion Bartoli and No.14 seed Francesca Schiavone, both won their openers in straight sets.

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Sabine Lisicki, Daniela Hantuchova, Kateryna Bondarenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and qualifiers Groenefeld, Anastasija Sevastova, Kirsten Flipkens and Regina Kulikova also recorded first round wins.

The first round continues and the second round begins on Monday, with the highest seed in action being No.7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka, the Top 4 seeds, will all begin their title quests on Tuesday.

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