Dellacqua seeded for first time at a Grand Slam

Casey Dellacqua has been rewarded for her best year on tour with a Grand Slam singles seeding for the first time in her career.

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Dellacqua will take up the 29th seeding at the US Open following a successful year on tour that has included a Round of 16 appearance at the Australian Open, the quarter finals of Indian Wells and a run to the semi finals of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

“It’s been a really good 12 months. To be top 30 is something pretty special, especially being 29 and obviously in the latter stages of my career. But I still feel young at heart and young in the mind,” Dellacqua said.

After a short break following Wimbledon, Dellacqua returned to the tour earlier this month at the Coupe Rogers Cup in Montreal, going out to Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round.

Dellacqua has since honed her preparation for the final Grand Slam of the year by playing the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and also the Connecticut Open in New Haven.

The Australian’s seeding will ensure that Dellacqua will avoid meeting another seed until at least the third round.

“It’s obviously an added bonus, my reward for playing well. But it doesn’t guarantee you any easier draws as from the first round [at Grand Slams] it’s going to be tough.

“But obviously I’m not going to be drawn up against someone who’s top 30, which is a great situation for me. I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully I can use that to my advantage to be able to progress further in the US Open than I have in previous years.”

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