Casey excited ahead of Fed Cup tie
Having arrived in Chiasso ahead of Australia’s Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie against Switzerland, Casey Dellacqua has got her sights set on Australian glory.
With a win ensuring the green-and-gold will take its place in the elite eight-nation World Group in 2014, the third-ranked Aussie hoped her team would pull through a tricky tie away from home.
“It’s always exciting to come together as a team, it’s very rare throughout the year,” she said.
“It’s nice to be here in a nice place in Switzerland. We’ve been very spoiled this week so hopefully that translates onto the court and we can have a win over the weekend.”
This will be the first time the West Australian will be stepping out on clay in 2013, a surface she says she feels at home on.
It bodes well for her French Open preparations - Dellacqua will remain in Chiasso following the tie to contest a $25,000 ITF in the southern Swiss town before the year’s only claycourt major, with a three-week stint in Japan sandwiched between, the idea to give her plenty of singles match play and hopefully boost her ranking back inside the world’s top 100.
But first, her attention is fixed firmly on this weekend’s assignment.
“They’ve got two very good singles players (Stefanie Voegele and Romina Oprandi), so we’ll have to be up for this tie. Obviously we have a very good team too, but it’s definitely not going to be easy,” she said.
“But we’ll put in a really good week and hopefully the match-ups suit us. I feel comfortable on the clay and I know after having a good practice week I’ll start to feel better, but whoever’s out there we’ll all be behind each other and hopefully get the win.”
Having shined in the tandem game throughout 2013, Dellacqua is most likely to get a call-up for the doubles rubber alongside Ash Barty, whom she combined with to reach the Australian Open final in January.
Re-uniting with the 16-year-old Aussie prodigy is something Dellacqua says she’s looking forward to.
“Since the Australian Open we haven’t been able to play as much together as we probably would have liked, (because of) scheduling and stuff,” she explained.
“But certainly I’ll be excited to be able to get back out on the doubles court with Ash.”