Bright start for Casey in Melbourne

Local favourite Casey Dellacqua has powered her way to an impressive 6-2 6-2 victory over former world No.2 Vera Zvonareva from Russia in the opening round of the Australian Open.

The left-handed Dellacqua dominated the match against the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open runner-up, winning in 75 minutes.

Dellacqua has battled foot and shoulder injuries in recent years, while Zvonareva was sidelined for 17 months due to illness and a shoulder injury.

But it was Dellacqua who looked much the sharper on Monday, becoming the first Australian through to the second round, where she will take on Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium.

“I’m stoked,” said Dellacqua.

“I’m shaking because I’m so nervous.

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

Dellacqua’s best Grand Slam singles result came six years ago at Melbourne Park, when she advanced to the fourth round.

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