Bright start for Dellacqua
Bright start for Dellacqua

West Australian Casey Dellacqua's Australian Open campaign has got off to a fantastic start with a 6-2 6-2 win over former world number two Vera Zvonareva.

Playing just her second match since the 2012 Olympics after recovering from shoulder surgery, Zvonareva struggled to counter Dellacqua's aggression and the Australian broke her serve twice in the opening set to win in only 25 minutes.

Zvonareva looked rusty after so long out of the game and made more than 40 unforced errors.

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Dellacqua's determination and extra fitness shone through in the third game of the second set which lasted 22 points and more than 15 minutes.

She missed three opportunities to break serve but kept fighting and eventually won the game to take a vital 2-1 lead.

The West Australian broke Zvonareva's heart and raced clear to close out the contest in straight sets.
Dellacqua won the wildcard play off in December to earn her place in the main draw and will now face Belgian 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens who took just 50 minutes to beat Britain's Laura Robson.

“I'm stoked,” said Dellacqua.

“I'm shaking because I'm so nervous.

“I just wanted to close it out then and there.”


The West Australian

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