Dellacqua ready for Sydney

West Australian Casey Dellacqua has arrived in Sydney ready to begin her Medibank International campaign.

This is only the second time the 23 year old has played in Sydney. The last time was in 2006 when Dellacqua lost in the opening round to countrywoman Bryanne Stewart.

I’m excited to be back here in Sydney,” Dellacqua says while on her way to a practice session. “I’m hoping to have a good week.”

Speaking prior to the draw, the left-hander said she was happy with her preparation.

“The three singles matches [at the Hopman Cup] were good preparation going in to Sydney where I’d like to get some more matches under my belt.

“It’s obviously a strong tournament and a quality field and whoever I draw it’s going to be a tough match, which is just what I need heading into the Australian Open.”

And a difficult match is just what Dellacqua will get. She was later drawn to play Italian Sara Errani who this week made it to the semifinals of the Brisbane International.

It looms as a difficult match for Dellacqua, but if she gets past that she will meet either Fed Cup teammate Sam Stosur or former world No.1 and tournament top seed Serena Williams.

Dellacqua has just come off playing at the Hopman Cup, teaming up with Lleyton Hewitt in the pairs event.

Playing in front of her home crowd in Perth, Dellacqua says it was a great but slightly nerve wracking time for her.

I was pretty nervous leading into the event, but it was good and I got three good quality singles matches and obviously some more tennis in the mixed doubles.
It was nice to have family and friends around.”

What’s more it gave Australia’s No.2 player a chance to give her now recovered shoulder a good workout.

“I really tested my shoulder out and it’s holding up really well, so I’m pretty happy.

“The first couple of matches I guess I was just getting back into the feeling of match practice but by my third singles match against Meghann Shaughnessy it all came together.

While Dellacqua and Hewitt didn’t walk away with the silverware, both took something out of the tournament – confidence that they are on the way back from their respective injuries.

During the week Dellacqua also received word that she was in the Fed Cup team to play the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I & II tie in Perth in early February. The tie will be her sixth since debuting in 2006.

Dellacqua will team with Sam Stosur, Rennae Stubbs and Jelena Dokic as they strive to lift Australia back into the World Group.

“It’s something that I look forward to and I know there will be a lot of support out there, not just for me but for the whole Australian team. It’s great to be included in that Fed Cup team and I think it’s a good chance for us girls to get out of that Asia/Oceania group.”

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