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Last Updated: Friday, 28 January, 2005, 06:44 GMT
Molik wins doubles on home soil
Alicia Molik and Svetlana Kuznetsova hold aloft the women's doubles trophy
Home favourite Alicia Molik paired up with Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to claim the women's doubles crown at the Australian Open on Friday.

The duo comfortably defeated American pair Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu 6-3 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena.

Molik, who lost an epic battle with Davenport for a place in the singles semi-finals, and Kuznetsova wrapped up the match in just 56 minutes.

"It's been emotional," Molik said after winning her first Grand Slam title.

Davenport and Morariu had broken for a 2-1 lead in the first set before US Open champion Kuznetsova and Molik rallied to win five of the next six games.

The pair, who were seeded sixth in Melbourne, were playing their first tournament together.

The match was not only an emotional day for Molik but also for Morariu, who reached her first Grand Slam doubles final since being diagnosed with leukemia four years ago.

Morariu had won the Australian mixed doubles title with Ellis Ferreira in 2001 as well as reaching the women's doubles final with Davenport.

"It's been such a long, tough road for me," Morariu said.

"Three-and-a-half years ago, I wasn't sure I was going to see another day yet alone another Grand Slam final. It was a real special day."





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