Dellacqua goes down fighting in Paris
West Australian Casey Dellacqua threatened to post the first upset of the French Open on Sunday before eventually going down in the opening round.
Dellacqua, a former women’s doubles finalist at Roland Garros and the reigning mixed doubles champion, led 21st seed Sara Errani by a set and a break on court three.
But she let the big opportunity slip, dropping 11 of the next 13 games to lose 4-6 6-2 6-2.
“Disappointed not to get the win today. It was a tough three-setter against a very tough opponent. But thanks everyone for your support,” the Aussie tweeted after the match.
Despite leading the winners count, Dellacqua was hurt by her enforced errors during the encounter, missing 44 times compared to Errani’s tally of just 17 mistakes. She also threw in five double faults.
Errani came into the tournament boasting a tour-best three titles on clay this season, and an impressive win-loss record of 18-3. She will next face American wildcard Melanie Oudin.