Venus clouds Casey’s Open

Australia’s Casey Dellacqua is out of the Australian Open, falling victim to power-packed sixth seed Venus Williams.

Dellacqua, who made a number of unforced errors, went down to the American in straight sets - 6-1 7-6(4) in Saturday’s third-round clash.

It was nevertheless her second best performance in her home Grand Slam.

Despite the loss, Dellacqua received a boost, winning two rounds after returning from a shoulder reconstruction last year, winning the wildcard tournament to gain entry to the main draw and being named in Australia’s Fed Cup team.

Williams started out in a blaze on Saturday, breaking serve twice in succession in the opening set to race to a 5-1 lead then holding serve to clinch the set.

She broke again in the fifth game of the second set to edge ahead.

Dellacqua was unable to convert any of the break point opportunities she set up until the eighth game when she held another chance and managed to break through when Williams crucially double-faulted.

Games then went with serve until 6-6. In the tiebreak Williams sped to a 6-1 lead and while Dellacqua saved three match points, Williams sealed the match with an ace.