Casey cracks top 100

Casey Dellacquahas re-entered the WTA top 100 on the eve of her first round clash with Lesia Tsurenko at the 2012 US Open.

Dellacqua’s semifinal finish at last week’s Texas Tennis Open in Dallas precipitated a rise of 14 places to world No.92, seeing her overtake Jarmila Gajdosova as Australia’s second-ranked woman.

Gajdosova moved up one place to world No.99 this week, while Stosur remains Australia’s No.1-ranked player at world No.7.

Dellacqua’s run in Dallas saw her qualify for the main draw and upset a string of higher-ranked opponents – all in straight sets – on her way to the final four, seeing her build a five-match winning streak before falling in two tight sets to Jelena Jankovic.

It is the highest Dellacqua has been ranked has been ranked since March 2009.

Since her comeback to tennis from injury-marred 2009 and 2010 seasons, Dellacqua quickly shot back up the rankings in 2011 after sizzling results on the Australian Pro Tour.

She re-entered the top 100 for one week in May this year (at No.96) after winning the ITF Fukuoka title, before dropping outside again and hovering in the low 100s ever since.

Dellacqua is first up on Court 12 against the Ukrainian qualifier, a match which is scheduled to begin at 11am New York time on Monday.

Dellacqua and Tsurenko, currently ranked 111th, have never before met.

Tsurenko was untroubled throughout her first two rounds of qualifying before requiring three sets in her final match to shake off the challenge of France’s Irena Pavlovic.