Dellacqua helps Australia to clean sweep

Australia powered its way to the final of the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania zone play-offs with a 3-0 clean sweep of Chinese Taipei on Friday.

Casey Dellacqua swept aside world No.302 I-Hsuan Hwang 6-1 6-1 in 60 minutes before Sam Stosur gave Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie with a dominant 6-3 6-0 triumph over world No.196 Chin-Wei Chan.

Stosur and Rennae Stubbs ensured Australia’s unbeaten run at the tournament continued with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win over Chin-Wei Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang in the doubles.

Jelena Dokic was given the day off after featuring in Australia’s 3-0 tie wins over South Korea and Thailand earlier in the tournament.

Australia finished top of Group B and will meet the winner of the Group A tie between New Zealand and Indonesia, which is tied at one apiece, in Saturday’s final.

The winner of the Asia-Oceania zonal final will advance to the World Group II play-off in April.

“I just wanted to stay aggressive and dictate what I wanted to do, which I think I did well today,” Dellacqua said after her match.

“Over the last month of tennis I’ve learned a lot about my game and where I need to go and what I need to do.

“It was nice to get out there in the singles today and I think I executed pretty well.”

Dellacqua, whose world ranking slipped to 88 following her first-round exit from the Australian Open, said her aim remained to break back into the world’s top 50.

But she admitted her serve, which she was forced to remodel last year after suffering a serious shoulder injury, needed a bit more work to achieve that goal.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Dellacqua said.

“I’ve played tennis since I was seven years old and played a particular way so to change something when you’re 23 can be quite difficult, but in saying that I think it’s holding up quite well.

“I’ve still got a bit to go.

“I don’t think it’s the weakest point of my game, I think it’s just something that’s going to help me progress further.

“Being a lefty is an advantage anyway, so girls still find my serve difficult.

“It’s a pretty big part of the game, so if I’m hitting that well then I think that’s definitely going to help me move up the rankings again.”