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Casey claims her first Grand Slam title


Casey claims her first Grand Slam title

Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and Scott Lipsky of the United States defeated defending champions Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic to win the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday.

Their 7-6(6) 4-6 [10-7] win prevented the top seeds from claiming a third title in Paris having also triumphed in 2006.

“I never thought I would win a Grand Slam title,” said 26-year-old Dellacqua. The West Australian made it to the final of the French Open doubles in 2008 with Francesca Schiavone, but fell at the final hurdle.

“It’s just been a really good couple of weeks I think for both of us. To finish it off with a Grand Slam title is – I mean, I’ve made a final before, but to win and get one under the belt, it’s pretty exciting.”

After their success on clay, the pair are now weighing up whether or not to try their luck on the grass together at Wimbledon.

“We haven’t discussed it, but I’m sure if Scott thinks I’m good enough, yeah, maybe we’ll be able to play,” said Dellacqua, to which Lipsky added: Yeah, I hope so. I can’t really argue with the week we had here. Hopefully we can keep doing it.”

The pair told reporters after the final that the key to their success was their aggressive play.

“I think with the format, you know, short deuces, and obviously a super tiebreak for third set, it really does change the dynamics of how you kind of play. You’ve got to be aggressive on the big points,” said Dellacqua.

“We stepped up when it mattered. We were always gonna walk off the court knowing we went for it. We went for it, and we’ve got a Grand Slam title.”

For Dellacqua, the solid hit-out she’s had in both doubles and mixed doubles in Paris has given her confidence a boost as she continues her long climb back to the top 100. Currently ranked No.317 in the world, she still has a way to go to get back to her career-high ranking of 39.

“The last two years have been not so good. I’ve had a fair bit of time out of the game. To be honest, three months ago I was playing Challengers, [for] $25,000 [prize money] in Australia, just playing doubles thinking I wasn’t even going to be playing at the French Open.

“So I’ve exceeded anything that I thought I would achieve right at this point. Yeah, it’s all steam ahead for me. Hopefully playing these big matches like this, playing big points helps my singles, because that is a big focus.”

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  1. Brad Says: June 3rd, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    On ya Case.
    Your off again!

  2. Katherine Says: June 8th, 2011 at 1:05 pm


    I hope you get a Wild Card into the Wimbeldon singles. I hope you and Scott will play in the mixed doubles at Wimbeldon. I also hope that you will play in the Womens doubles. You have obviously recovered well from your injuries. Hope to see you play at the Australian Open in 2012 where you have done well.

  3. Ray Bundell Says: June 10th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Spoke to Johnno, Casey got wc into qualis.
    Saw her lose tough match in 3 to Kudra. @ Aegon
    Still in dubs . Big shout to Ben, Johnnos & Ali.
    Good luck to Casey in next match in dubs tonight. from Ray, tennis coach, ex Perth now Birmingham UK.

  4. Ray Bundell Says: June 11th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Casey now in semis of dubs with Chanelle Scheepers.
    Playing later today, Birmingham time.
    Finally a few sunny days in Brum!
    Good luck guys!

  5. Katherine Says: June 12th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Good on ya Casey another good showing in the doubles this week in Birmingham. Hope to see you play in at least the doubles in Wimbeldon.

    Australian Womens Tennis is definately on the UP UP AND UP

  6. Katherine Says: June 13th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Casey I think you deserved more than a wilcard qualification to play at Wimbeldon. Nasty people I glad they could spare it. I hope you qualify for the main draw. I hope you and Scott will be playing in the mixed doubles at Wimbeldon. Aalso hope you play in the womens doubles. Please dont injury your self, obviously you wont on purpose. Your doing exceptionaly well at the moment particularly in doubles.

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