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 Tuesday, 31 December, 2002, 06:04 GMT
Aussie duo outwit Slovaks
Alicia Molik celebrates her surprise victory
Molik was a surprise winner over Hantuchova

Lleyton Hewitt maintained Australia's 100% record in this year's Hopman Cup after dropping just two games en route to defeating Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty.

The world number one made light work of Hrbaty to move Australia into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the group match.

For good measure, Hewitt then combined with Alicia Molik to win the mixed doubles against Dominik Hrbaty and Daniela Hantuchova after two tie-breaks.

Their victory wrapped up a comfortable 3-0 win after Molik had earlier pulled off the best win of her career with a 6-4 6-2 victory over world number eight Hantuchova.

Afterwards Hewitt said: "We're doing alright aren't we?

"I needed a good match today and got that. To come out here and win in under an hour, that's pretty hard in men's tennis these days."

It means I might be able to celebrate New Year a bit more I guess

Alicia Molik

Hewitt was far too powerful for Hrbaty, winning the first set in just 21 minutes before rarely being pushed in the second.

Molik had got Australia off to a winning start in Tuesday's opening Hopman Cup game.

The world number 94 was in inspired form in front of her home crowd as she recorded her first ever win over a player in the world's top 10.

The 21-year-old produced potent serve-and-volley tennis to frustate Hantuchova, whose performance was riddled with unforced errors.

A break in the ninth game of the opening set gave Molik the opportunity to seal the set and from there she never looked back.

She broke twice more in the second set to clinch a 1-0 lead.

After her 66-minute win, she said: "My first top 10 scalp - it was something I was searching for here this year - so to get it on the last day is pretty special.

"It means I might be able to celebrate New Year a bit more I guess."


Hopman Cup results:

Australia beat Slovakia 3-0
Lleyton Hewitt bt Dominik Hrbaty 6-2 6-0
Alicia Molik bt Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 6-2
Molik and Hewitt bt Hantuchova and Hrbaty 7-6 7-6

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