Casey confident of comeback
Casey Dellacqua says she is on track to make a full recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery and can’t wait to again be part of a large group of Australian women charging up the world rankings.
The West Australian had surgery on her troublesome left shoulder in February after experiencing chronic soreness since Wimbledon last year.
After completing several months of rehabilitation, Dellacqua says she is feeling extremely confident about making a successful return to the court.
“Everything’s going really well at the moment, I’m three months since my operation and I can start hitting in the next couple of weeks, which is pretty exciting,” she told The Fastest Serve podcast on tennis.com.au.
“The last couple of months I’ve been doing a fair bit of fitness training because I haven’t been able to hit but I’ve been able to do a lot of other things. The main priority is the shoulder and that’s going great and I’m feeling really good.”
While Dellacqua hasn’t set a date for her return, she says it will happen later in the year.
“It really just depends on how the shoulder holds up over the next few months once I start hitting but obviously I’m not going to rush it and I’m going to make sure I get it right before I do get back out there.
“I will probably contemplate playing a few lower level [ITF] tournaments prior to then going out and playing some [WTA] Tour events.
“It’s important for me to get some matches under my belt and get some confidence so that when I get back out there and compete against the top 100 girls, I’ve had some matches and got some match fitness.”
With her should now pain free and ongoing positive news from her surgeon and physio, the 24 year old sees no reason why she cannot re-capture the form that catapulted her into the fourth round of the 2008 Australian Open and as high as No.39 in the world rankings.
“I’m still young and I’ve done all my rehab and will continue to do that and obviously the big test will be getting back out on court and doing a lot of hitting,” she said.
“Serving will be another step again but fingers crossed everything goes well. If I can look after it, it should be as good as new.”
The shoulder injury is the first major setback of Dellacqua’s career and she knows returning won’t be easy but she has taken comfort from the fact that three of her compatriots have made successful comebacks after long stints on the sidelines.
“It’s not going to be easy, there are a lot of good girls out there playing and I’m going to have to make sure that I’m ready to go but with Alicia [Molik] when she was out and Sam [Stosur], they’ve both had time out of the game and been able to come back at a higher level and even Jelena [Dokic], so I think that I’m definitely capable of that.”
“There’s a real opportunity I think in the women’s game and if you’re prepared to work hard and do the right things and you get some good draws and you make the most of those opportunities then you can definitely get some good results.
“I was starting that a bit last year and hopefully when I do come back I will be better and stronger, with a good shoulder, and be able to achieve that once again.”
Dellacqua is currently spending a week’s break at home in Perth.