Casey knocked out by top seed
Casey Dellacqua has been handed a straight-sets defeat from top seed Yanina Wickmayer in the second round of the Moorilla Hobart International.
On the comeback trail after two injury-ruined seasons, the Australian crashed 6-1 6-1 to the Belgian world No.29 in little over an hour.
Dellacqua had declared herself ready for an assault deep into the Australian Open reminiscent of her fourth-round effort of 2008 after some stunning results on the second tier ITF tour and a strong first-round victory over Galina Voskoboeva on Monday.
But the 26-year-old couldn’t get going against the powerful former US Open semifinalist, making a number of unforced errors.
She did save four match points in her final service game but was broken on the fifth for Wickmayer’s victory.
Dellacqua will now travel to Melbourne for the Australian Open where she has a wildcard.