Casey Dellacqua drills a backhand return in the match against Kirsten Flipkens at the Australian Open yesterday.
Casey Dellacqua drills a backhand return in the match against Kirsten Flipkens at the Australian Open yesterday. AAP

Casey Dellacqua through to third round

COMEBACK queen Casey Dellacqua booked her place in the third round at the Australian Open with a dominant 6-3 6-0 win over Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens yesterday.

The Aussie left-hander, who needed a wildcard to get a start in Melbourne, showed glimpses of the form that took her into the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2008, her best result in a grand slam.

That was before persistent hip and shoulder problems affected her game for the best part of two years.

Now fully fit, Dellacqua is certainly playing better than her present ranking of 120 (her career best is 30), suggests.

With her section of the draw wide open, she could potentially make the quarter-finals and secure a match-up with world No.1 Serena Williams.

The American was in ominous form yesterday, taking just 63 minutes to despatch Serbia's Vesna Dolonc.

Leading men's seeds Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych also progressed.

Djokovic beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-4 6-4, Ferrer worked hard before downing Adrian Mannarino 7-6 5-7 6-0 6-3 and Berdych eased past another French hope, Kenny De Schepper, 6-4 6-1 6-3.


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