Dellacqua ready to put her mended foot forward
Casey Dellacqua is back on court and happily flying under the radar as she prepares for her opening round match.
Dellacqua says she is content to merely to be playing again after two months in a protective boot recovering from stress fractures in her right foot.
The West Australian has slipped to No.203 in the world, but used her “special” ranking of No.82 in the world to gain a late inclusion in the main draw.
Dellacqua had hoped to return at Birmingham a fortnight ago, but wasn’t quite ready and will go in “pretty underdone” against Serbian Grand Slam novice Bojana Jovanovski on Tuesday.
“I’m just looking forward to being out there and being at Wimbledon again,” Dellacqua said.
“I’ve done the best that I can in the time that I had and we’ll see how I go in terms of executing in a match situation.”
Under WTA rules, Dellacqua can only use her special ranking for one Grand Slam tournament event, plus eight other regular tour events and she figured Wimbledon was the best option.
“I won at Mildura at the beginning of the year on grass and grass is probably one of my preferred surfaces,” the West Australian said.
“For the feet, it’s softer on the ground and generally the points are probably a little bit shorter so that suits my game style a bit more.
“So I thought I’d put myself out there, hit a lot of balls and just see where I’m at and see how I go.”