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MOLIK ENDS STREAK <br> BY SHARAPOVA

Australia's Alicia Molik (above) beat Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, Sunday, snapping the Russian's 12-match winning streak and capturing the Swisscom Challenge title.

The 17-year-old Sharapova was looking for her third straight title, after winning in Seoul and Tokyo, and the seventh of her career. It was her first loss in a final.

It was the third title of Molik's career, including a victory at Stockholm in August.

"We had a good match," Molik said to Sharapova following her victory. "I'm looking forward to more of these battles in the future."

In men's play, Marat Safin defeated David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3, to win the $3 million Madrid Masters. Safin earned $534,000 and captured 100 points, moving him ahead of Britain's Tim Henman into sixth place in the battle for the eight spots in the Tennis Masters Cup.

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