Good start for Casey in Strasbourg

Australian Casey Dellacqua has beaten fifth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5 3-6 6-3 in the first round of the Strasbourg International.

The Australian trailed the Russian 5-2 in the opening set and faced a set point, but reeled off five games in a row to take the opener 7-5. Despite Vesnina levelling at a set apiece, Dellacqua kept her composure to claim the deciding set, winning the final eight points of the match.

Dellacqua broke serve seven times as Vesnina made nine double-faults for the match. Dellacqua will face Christina McHale for a spot in the quarterfinals.