Dellacqua stuns Peer in Brussels

Australia’s Casey Dellacqua has posted her first victory over a top 20 player since 2008 with an upset win over fifth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel at the WTA’s inaugural Brussels Open.

Dellacqua fought off 11 of 13 break points she faced in her 6-1 5-7 6-3 first-round win.

After fighting back to take the second set, world No.20 Peer only managed to win half the points on serve in the other two sets and was unable to consolidate nearly any of the break opportunities she created.

“I certainly didn’t expect to have a win over such a quality player so soon, Dellacqua said after the match.

“Today I think proves that I’ve got the ability to beat players like that and now I guess it’s about stringing those types of matches together and doing that throughout the tournament.”

After undergoing shoulder and foot surgery that interrupted her 2009 and 2010 seasons, Dellacqua says she feels as if she’s beginning her second career.

The West Australian is currently working with Australian coach Chris Johnson who has helped Dellacqua work her way from not having a ranking earlier this year to her current position of world No.429.

“He’s very relaxed, just like me, we have a bit of a laugh and just relax about everything. And he certainly hasn’t put too many high expectations on me so early in my comeback.”

The next stop on Dellacqua’s comeback tour will be the French Open. The 26-year-old was a recipient of one of Tennis Australia’s reciprocal wildcards into the Grand Slam tournament.