Radwanska too strong for Casey

Casey Dellacqua’s run at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships has come to an end at the hands of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

The Australian, playing in the first match of Wednesday’s schedule on Centre Court, fought hard but ultimately fell 6-4 6-0.

“I was pretty excited (about the scheduling), to be honest. Obviously I’ve played on some big courts, but I don’t think there is a bigger court than Centre Court at Wimbledon,” she said.

“I was extremely excited. I just wanted to not get too anxious so that I could actually enjoy the moment, because sometimes it passes you quickly and you don’t get to enjoy the experience.”

Dellacqua impressively came back in the opening set against the fourth seed, facing a 5-1 deficit but rallying to win three straight games.

But Radwanska broke to love to take the first set, and from there it was one-way traffic.

The 2012 Wimbledon finalist coasted through the second set in just 22 minutes to advance to the third round.

“I don’t think the score was a reflection upon how I played, to be honest. I mean, she’s No. 4 in the world; she made the final here before; she’s not an easy opponent,” Dellacqua said.

“My level as good at times. There was a point here or there that I would say was a bit sloppy. But in general, my level was good. And she was good. I thought she had to play good tennis at times to beat me.

“I did my best. Yeah, it wasn’t good enough against her. Obviously she’s a quality opponent.”

Dellacqua said that the experience of playing another top player in Radwanska - after facing Victoria Azarenka in Brisbane, Eugenie Bouchard in Melbourne, Simona Halep at Indian Wells, Venus Williams in Miami and Li Na in Rome - can only serve her well.

The West Australian says it gives her a better understanding of what she needs to do to succeed against the very best in the game.

“You always learn more from your losses than your wins. I’ll learn a lot from that one. More just in a sense of knowing where I need to head, and that is to play at a better level for a more consistent period of time,” she reflected.

“It’s only going to put me in good stead for the rest of the year. I’m really looking forward to continuing to work hard.

“It was (also) great to get out there and play some doubles after a loss in singles. Ash and I played great, so overall everything is good.

“I’ll go home, have some dinner, I have a bed to sleep in, so life’s okay.”

 

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