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Molik dumps Sanchez-Vicario out of Qatar Open
By Anil John

 
Australian Alicia Molik caused a major upset when she dumped veteran Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario from the first round at the WTA Qatar Open.

The 21-year-old Molik, still looking for her first title on the Tour, used her powerful all-round game to good effect to clinch a 6-4, 6-3 victory against the third-seeded Sanchez-Vicario who has won more than $US16 million ($A31.35 million) on the Tour.

Molik was broken in the seventh game as Sanchez-Vicario went 4-3 up, but the rising Australian won the next three games to finish the set in style.

Molik continued the good work in the second set when she broke Sanchez-Vicario in the second game and kept her serve to race to a 3-0 lead. Thereafter, the games went with serve and although the world No 16 seemed to find her rhythm towards the end, it was too late.

"Alicia played really well and I never got a chance," said Sanchez-Vicario. "She is a big girl and her serve is really powerful. It was a bad day for me."

Molik was confidence personified.

"I knew my game plan and played to it," she said. "It was to attack from the start. I have beaten her before and I know her game.

"Even when I was a game down in the first set, I knew I could beat her. She was a bit slow and my shots were too fast. It was a combination of both."

Meanwhile, fourth seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand made rough weather of her first round match against Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland but squeezed home 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Tanasugarn now meets Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands, who defeated Adriana Gersi 6-2, 6-2.