Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Casey Dellacqua

Casey Dellacqua (born 11 February 1985) is an Australian professional tennis player who currently resides in Perth, Western Australia. After the 2008 Australian Open, she became Australia's highest-ranked women's player. She was previously coached by former Australian player Nicole Pratt, before the two decided to part ways prior to the Australian Open 2009. She is of Italian descent through her father and Irish through her mother. Dellacqua attended Woodvale Primary School from kindergarten all the way up to year 7 then attended Woodvale Senior High School until she was sixteen before moving to Canberra to train with the Australian Institute of Sport. She was an active member of local tennis clubs and teams. Dellacqua began the year by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open and upset 15th-seeded Patty Schnyder and former champion and World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo but eventually lost to third seed Jelena Janković. The performance meant she surpassed Alicia Molik to become the highest ranked Australian female tennis player. Dellacqua at the 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament, playing with Nathalie Dechy. The French Open again showed Dellacqua's improved ability as she defeated the 9th-seeded Marion Bartoli and Nathalie Dechy in the first two rounds but she was knocked out in straights sets by Carla Suárez Navarro in the third round. The doubles proved to be a highlight for Dellacqua as she teamed with Italian Francesca Schiavone to reach the final despite being unseeded. The pair lost to Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual 2–6, 7–5, 6–4 in a match that lasted two-and-a-half hours.

For the first round of the Wimbledon Championships, Dellacqua faced the 12th-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder, who Dellacqua had already beaten earlier this year in the second round of the Australian Open. Although she lost the first set to her again, Dellacqua had a convincing win against Schnyder 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. In Dellacqua's second round match against French player Pauline Parmentier, Dellacqua won a tight match 1–6, 6–2, 6–3. Dellacqua faced Nicole Vaidišová in the third round but lost the match 6–2, 6–4. In the women's doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with Nathalie Dechy of France who she already partnered with at the 2008 International Women's Open at Eastbourne. They started by defeating British wildcards Anna Fitzpatrick and Anna Elizabeth Hawkins 6–1, 6–0 in the first round. They had an easy second round match easily beating Tatiana Perebiynis and Alicja Rosolska 6–3, 6–2. They won their third round match over American qualifiers Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6–4, 7–6(9). They won a tight quarterfinal match against Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez 6–2, 7–6(6), 6–4. Their Wimbledon run ended when they lost to Venus Williams and Serena Williams 6–3, 6–3. In the mixed doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with American Scott Lipsky. Dellacqua and Lipsky won their first round match against Marta Domachowska and Fernando Verdasco 4–6, 6–3, 7–5. In the second round, they upset seventh-seeds Mark Knowles and Zi Yan 6–3, 3–6, 6–4. They eventually lost to 9th-seeded Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Dellacqua represented Australia in the singles event along with Alicia Molik and Samantha Stosur. Dellacqua had an easy first round match against Gisela Dulko 6–3, 6–4. In the second round, she lost to 12th-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 6–2, 6–2. In the women's doubles event, Dellacqua partnered with fellow Australian Molik. In their first round match, they lost to the Italian team of Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone 6–4, 6–4.Dellacqua had a bad start at the US Open after losing both of her first round matches in singles and women's doubles. In the singles, she was beaten by a French qualifier Julie Coin 7–6, 7–6. In the doubles event, Dellacqua entered the competition seeded 9th with Nathalie Dechy, one of the defending champions of the event. They lost to Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 1–6, 6–2, 6–3. In the mixed doubles event, she played alongside fellow Australian Jordan Kerr. They lost in the second round against Jonas Björkman and Nadia Petrova. Casey Dellacqua started her year in a disappointing performance at the 2009 Hopman Cup. Representing Australia alongside Lleyton Hewitt, she only won one of her matches, defeating American Meghann Shaughnessy. She then participated at the Medibank International in Sydney where she lost her first round singles match against Italian's Sara Errani. She found better success in the doubles event where she partnered with Natalie Dechy who she had played with in previous doubles matches last year. They had not lost a set coming into the semi-finals, where they beat the third seeds Květa Peschke and Lisa Raymond. They then reached the finals winning against the world number 1's and top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber. However, Dellacqua and Dechy lost to Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-wei 6-0, 6-1.

In the first round of the Australian Open, Dellacqua lost to 19th seeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchová 7-6, 6-4. She was singled out for criticism by Australian coach Roger Rasheed for carrying excess weight and not being in match condition. She found better success in the doubles event, partnering with Francesca Schiavone with whom she reached the finals at last year's French Open. Coming to the event seeded they won their first round match against Petra Cetkovská and Carla Suárez Navarro. They then beat Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova. They had a walkover in their third round match against Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. In the Quarter-final, Dellacqua and Schiavone managed to win after having a bad first set against Patty Schnyder and Anna-Lena Grönefeld 0-6, 7-5, 6-1. They lost their semi-final against Venus Williams and Serena Williams in just 58 minutes, 0-6 2-6. Reaching the semi-final was the furthest Dellacqua has gone at the Australian Open. After the first Grand Slam of the year, Dellacqua and coach Nicole Pratt decided to go separate ways. Dellaqua underwent shoulder surgery in February 2009 and was off the court until mid-2009. On her website, Casey stated that the surgery and rehab went really well. She had stated in an interview that she would return to the WTA tour at the start of the 2010 Season. In December 2009, Dellacqua competed in the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff and won a wildcard entry into the main draw. She went undefeated in the round robin stage of the tournament, and in the elimination rounds. In the quarterfinals she played 2nd seeded Queenslander Shannon Golds, scraping through in three sets, 3-6 6-3 7-5. In the semifinals she faced sixth seed, Sally Peers, winning in straight sets. She overcame Victorian Olivia Rogowska in the final, saving three match points and eventually coming back to win, 1-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-3. She received a wildcard to the Brisbane International, but lost in the first round to Sesil Karatantcheva 2-6, 6-0, 6-7 (1). She received a wildcard to the Medibank International tournament in Sydney, but lost in the first round to Vera Dushevina 2-6, 2-6. In the first round of the Australian Open, she defeated Anastasiya Yakimova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. She faced a tougher opponent in her second round match against Karolina Šprem, but eventually won through in straight sets 7-6, 7-6. Casey was eliminated in the third round by sixth seed Venus Williams 6-1, 7-6. After representing Australia at the Fed Cup with Samantha Stosur, Alicia Molik and Rennae Stubbs, Dellacqua entered a $25,000 ITF tournament in Mildura, which she won in both singles and doubles (with Jessica Moore). Her next tournament was a $25,000 ITF tournament in Sydney. She was defeated in the second round in singles, but won the doubles title with compatriot Jessica Moore. Dellacqua's next tournament will be Wimbledon, where she'll use her protected ranking to gain direct entry into the main draw. Dellacqua was beaten in the opening round 6-1, 6-0, by Bojana Jovanovski. Dellacqua will be taking the rest of the tour year off and will most likely miss the 2011 Australian Open due to another surgery.

Casey Dellacqua performance at field

Casey Dellacqua expression when she got score

Casey Dellacqua smile

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