Casey continues Tokyo run
After qualifying for the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Casey Dellacqua has maintained her good form with a straight-set win over Kristina Mladenovic in the first round.
Dellacqua beat the Frenchwoman - ranked 160 places higher at No.49 - 7-5 6-1 to set up a second-round meeting with 16th seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
The Western Australian was excellent on the return, breaking serve five times from eight opportunities to progress in one hour and eight minutes.
Dellacqua, whose favourite country is Japan, is yet to drop a set at the $2.37 million WTA Premier event, one of the oldest and most prestigious on the tennis calendar outside the Grand Slams.
And it continues an impressive string of results in Japan; Dellacqua won the ITF singles title in Fukuoka last year, and combined with Ash Barty to capture the ITF Toyota doubles title, also in 2012.
She is teaming with Barty in Tokyo this week; the pair are seeded second and will face Kirsten Flipkens and Petra Kvitova in their opening match.