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Casey triumphs at Bendigo Pro Tour


Casey triumphs at Bendigo Pro Tour

Casey Dellacqua on Sunday claimed the WM Loud Bendigo International #1 singles title with a straight-set win over Thai Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

The Western Australia’s 6-4 6-4 triumph cemented victory for the second time at the Bendigo event, which she also won in 2011.

Dellacqua dropped just one set en route to the $50,000 ITF crown, encountering the most resistance against top seed Irina Falconi of the United States before recovering to win in three sets.

“It feels good. I obviously have had a good year with Ash (Barty) in doubles … (but) I probably haven’t played as much singles as I would have liked, so I came to Bendigo hoping to play a lot of singles matches to get some points to improve my ranking,” she explained.

“To come out of the first week having won the tournament feels great … (I’m) happy that I’ve been able to get five matches and hopefully get a few more this next coming week.”

The coming week Dellacqua refers to is the WM Loud Bendigo International #2, held at the same venue and where she hopes to back up last week’s Bendigo success.

Despite not having played competitively for a month prior to Bendigo, the Australian said she was feeling confident about her game after a great run at the WTA event in Tokyo, where she qualified and then reached the second round.

“I guess I’m pretty experienced now, so I guess I need to know what I need to be doing to play my best tennis,” she said.

“I played really well in Tokyo. I qualified and beat (then world No.49 Kristina) Mladenovic in the first round … so I was feeling confident in that respect.

“I qualified at the US Open, I qualified in Birmingham; I’ve actually won a lot of singles matches, it’s just been in qualifying and I just haven’t been able to win many matches in those main draws.”

The 28-year-old had not contested a Pro Tour event since last playing in Bendigo, but took her stellar record on the circuit to 35 straight match wins and seven titles from her last seven Pro Tour events.

In late 2011, Dellacqua went on a six-title, 30-match winning tear on the Pro Tour, boosting her ranking from No.247 to inside the top 140 and setting her up for an impressive 2012 season during which she peaked at world No.77.

Despite saying at the time that she would be focusing solely on tour-level events, the nature of her doubles success in 2013 has meant she has missed some opportunities to contest subsequent singles events, seeing her ranking slip.

Yet Dellacqua said that the Bendigo Pro Tour events offered her a potential springboard back toward the upper echelons of the game.

“These tournaments are especially valuable being $50,000 events, which is great for ranking points. And I’m looking to take advantage of the singles playing opportunities especially while my body’s healthy,” she said.

“I love playing in Australia full stop, no matter where, and I love coming to these small trowns; they have a great community feel.”

Following this week’s event in Bendigo, Dellacqua plans to take a week off to freshen up prior to an intense training block ahead of the Australian summer of tennis.

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  1. Leon Says: October 28th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Great article Casey. Thanks for coming back to Bendigo, hope you enjoy your time here, we have enjoyed having you. Good luck in the 2nd event. Hope it’s 15 in a row.

    Cheers Leon

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