Casey battles through to round two

Casey Dellacqua has recovered to beat Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 6-4 in the first round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Monday.

Having come through qualifying at the weekend, the latest victory took her winning streak to three after she closed out Rybarikova in a tense match extending beyond two hours.

Despite dropping the opening set, she tapped into her reserves of confidence borne from her recent good form to wrest control of the second set, and ultimately, the match.

Her road gets much trickier from here; next up for Dellacqua is second seed Li Na.

She takes on the Chinese two-time Grand Slam champion in the final Tuesday night session match on Centrale.

Should she and compatriot Sam Stosur win their second round matches, they would face each other in the last 16.