Dellacqua Delightful At US Open

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She's in career best form, but can Australia's Casey Dellacqua  topple Italy's Flavia Pennetta  in the Fourth Round at the US Open on Tuesday morning (AEST)?

According to the markets, most punters say no - but let me tell you, it won't be because this 'super mum' didn't have a real hard dig.

At 29, Dellacqua hasn't won a WTA singles title and never been past the round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament, but I wouldn't write her off against the world number 12. Juggling motherhood and a gruelling tour hasn't been a problem for Dellacqua. In 2014, she's played 15 tournaments so far in six different countries. 

Previously at Flushing Meadows, Dellacqua has lost her opening match five times and made two second round exits in seven starts dating back to 2004. A decade on, the 29th seed has toppled Austria's Patricia Mayr Archleitner (7-5, 6-3), China's Qiang Wang (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) and Czech Karolina Pliskova (6-3, 3-6, 6-4). Dellacqua has a career high ranking of 30 and has been seeded for the first time at a Slam, but she's gunning to overcome Sam Stosur as our highest ranked player. Her efforts in New York will certainly help, especially if she can upset Pennetta.

These two have only met once before - seven years ago in Bangkok, where the Italian won a tight three-setter (2-6, 6-3, 7-5). After needing a deciding set to overcome Germany's Julia Goerges in the opening round, Pennetta has been ruthless disposing of two local hopes Shelby Rogers and Nicole Gibbs. The 11th seed was a semi-finalist here last year (beaten by Victoria Azarenka), and overall has a 23-10 record at Flushing Meadows dating back to 2002.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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