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Dellacqua looking to keep up solid form


Dellacqua looking to keep up solid form

Casey Dellacqua finds herself in a good position to be named as part of the four-woman squad that will take on Germany in a Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie in April.

Dellacqua was part of the winning Australian team that defeated Switzerland 4-1 in the first round of World Group II in early February.

In her first appearance in the Australian Fed Cup team since 2010, she teamed with Jelena Dokic to record a 7-5, 6-4 win over Belinda Bencic and Amra Sadikovic on indoor clay at Fribourg.

The result continues a strong run of form for the West Australian, who is nearing re-entry into the top 100 after a string of impressive results in 2011 and early 2012.

Dellacqua captured six consecutive titles at Pro Tour level in Australia and built a record-breaking 30 match winning streak from September through to November.

It formed part of her overall haul of seven ITF titles for the season, and saw her go from being unranked in March – due to her lack of play following major shoulder and foot injuries – to finish the year at world No. 156.

Dellacqua has continued her excellent play in the first few months of 2012.

She won her opening match in Hobart, and then scored her first Grand Slam win in two years with a comprehensive victory over promising Serb Bojana Jovanovski in the first round of the Australian Open.

The former world No.39 very nearly upset fourth seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round of her next event at Pattaya City in Thailand, holding a match point before falling 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3.

Now sitting at world No.105, Dellacqua has most recently travelled to the Middle East for the WTA event in Doha. After winning her first match, she fell in the final round of qualifying at Doha to Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko.

Australia’s Fed Cup tie will be played in Germany and is scheduled for 21-22 April.

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