Casey stretches Li in US Open loss
Casey Dellacqua has given Li Na a scare before falling in two tight sets in the second round of the US Open.
The Australian led broke serve to lead 4-1 in the second set, before the in-form No.9 seed came roaring back to snatch a 6-4 6-4 victory.
Dellacqua was unlucky to come up against Li, the winner of the recent Cincinnati Premier event and who has made the Montreal final the week before.
But she fought hard and forced the Chinese player to work for points – it took a scintillating running forehand winner down the line for Li to gain the first service break of the match.
Li held onto this advantage for the rest of the set, but once the second began, it was Dellacqua in the drivers’ seat.
She broke serve in the second game and consolidated for a 3-0 lead, and looked set to level the match when she moved ahead 4-1.
Li regained control, however, her powerful groundstrokes finding their mark and helping her reel off five straight games to take the match in one hour and 27 minutes.
The ninth seed’s win sets up an intriguing third round clash with either three-time US Open winner Kim Clijsters or emerging British talent Laura Robson.