Casey not bitter about opening-round loss

Casey Dellacqua had her return to Roland Garros cut short on Sunday as she was bundled out 7-5 6-3 in the opening round by 32nd seed Tsvetana Pironkova.

The West Australian wildcard held a break of serve in the opening set but was unable to stop the Bulgarian from claiming victory in 86 minutes on court 6.

It was Dellacqua’s first outing at Roland Garros since 2008 with a series of injuries having stalled her progress in the past two years.

Though disappointed with the defeat, she was confident she was heading in the right direction again.

“If you asked me at the Burnie [International in February] if I’d be playing at the French Open and playing and feeling as good, I’d probably say ‘You’re kidding,'” she said.

The world No.429 recorded a victory over world No.20 Shahar Peer in Brussels last week and said recent results had boosted her confidence levels for the rest of the year.

“It’s great for me to be here. Today, I certainly felt I could have had won that match against another person in the top 50 in the world,” she said.

“I’m right there amongst it and I’ve just got to string some matches together and stay positive, give myself that realistic time frame to get back.”

Dellacqua will stay in Paris to contest the doubles with countrywoman Rennae Stubbs. The unseeded duo will take on 14th-seeded pair Olga Govortsova and Chia-jung Chuang

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