Casey cruises into second round

Casey Dellacqua has kept up her good form in the United States, brushing aside Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in straight sets in the first round of the US Open.

Dellacqua beat the qualifier 6-2 6-3 in one hour and nine minutes to reach the second round in New York for just the second time in her career.

After reaching the Texas Open semifinals last week in Dallas, Dellacqua continued her impressive run to book a second-round date with Chinese ninth seed Li Na.

“I started a little bit nervous because I knew it was a winnable match and I had been playing well, so I didn’t want to go out there and get overwhelmed or put too much pressure on myself,” Dellacqua said.

“I had a really set game plan, I knew her game quite well – a couple of other girls had given me feedback on her game – so I knew what I had to do and had to go out there and execute.

“I didn’t over-play or do anything too fancy. I played solid, did the basics quite well and, yeah, was happy to close it out before the rain came.”

Dellacqua’s performance in Dallas saw her return to the top 100 this week, at No.92.