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Tennis-Molik handed Wimbledon wildcard

LONDON, June 12 - Former world number eight Alicia
Molik was handed a wildcard into the Wimbledon women's draw on
Monday.

The 25-year-old Australian returned to the tour in May after
being sidelined for months with an ear infection.

After achieving a career-high eighth in the WTA standings in
February 2005, her ranking nosedived and she now stands at 256th
in the world.

Seven Britons were also handed invites to the grasscourt
grand slam.

Sarah Borwell, Anne Keothavong, Katie O'Brien and Melanie
South gained direct entry into the women's field, while Alex
Bogdanovic, Richard Bloomfield and Jamie Baker will compete in
the men's draw.