Casey cleaned up by Kerber

Casey Dellacqua has fallen in 51 minutes to a rampaging Angelique Kerber in the second rubber of Australia’s Fed Cup tie against Germany in Brisbane.

Dellacqua fell 6-1 6-0 to the world No.7, who put in a commanding performance on Pat Rafter Arena to finish the match with 31 winners to just 11 unforced errors.

“I found today really quite difficult … our game styles are quite similar in a way and today and she’s top 10 for a reason,” Dellacqua reflected.

“Hopefully that’s great that I’ve got that match under my belt and tomorrow’s a new day so hopefully I can put my best foot forward and hopefully it’s better than it was today.”

Having watched Sam Stosur fall in the first rubber to Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, Dellacqua was under pressure to give the hosts their first point to remain in contention in the World Group semifinal.

But she was unable to withstand the onslaught from her inspired opponent; this was illustrated in the final game of the match, where Dellacqua, having done everything right in constructing the point beautifully to pull Kerber out of position and advance on the net, could only watch as the German fired a passing shot winner on the full stretch.

The match was over just a few points later.

“It was great to be out there today and obviously I hoped to be able to put a better performance together. I don’t think I can deny that but I actually didn’t feel nervous or didn’t feel too many different emotions,” Dellacqua said.

“I just wanted to go out there today and do what I do well. Unfortunately Kerber did that a lot better than me today. At the end of the day my game wasn’t good enough today and Kerber played well.”

Australia now need to win the final three rubbers on Sunday - the reverse singles rubbers, and the doubles - if they hope to advance to their first Fed Cup final since 1993.

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