Casey wins Birmingham opener

Casey Dellacqua has continued her solid form on the grass courts of Great Britain, winning through to the second round of the WTA event in Birmingham.

Dellacqua, who arrived at the Edgbaston Priory Club having captured the doubles title at last week’s ITF grasscourt event in Nottingham with Greece’s Elini Daniilidou, scored a three set win over Spaniard Garbine Muguruza Blanco.

Although Dellacqua struggled on serve throughout the match, dishing up nine double faults and facing 19 break points, she did enough to record a 6-2 3-6 6-2 win in one hour and 49 minutes.

The Western Australian, ranked No.107, will next face British wildcard Tara Moore, who upended 1th seeded Czech Iveta Benesova.

Dellacqua has never before faced Moore, a 19-year-old currently ranked No.320. In a big upset, Moore thrashed Benesova for the loss of just three games.

Also lurking in Dellacqua’s section of the draw is compatriot Anastasia Rodionova, who progressed to the second round at Edgbaston thanks to a three-set victory.

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