Gloriously hot summer days are somewhat of a rarity in the UK which might have explained why Casey Dellacqua (pictured above with fellow Aussie Sam Stosur) was in no mood for hanging around on a tennis court this afternoon. The Australian swept past top seed Paula Ormaechea 6-2, 6-1 in just 52 minutes in a contest which saw her barely put a foot wrong.
The 2008 Wimbledon ladies' doubles semi-finalist admitted the swift victory would give her time to enjoy lunch, a massage and the chance to appreciate the magnificent weather – something that she has missed incredibly in recent times.
“I feel like I’ve been in Antarctica for the last few months,” the left-hander told www.wimbledon.com. "In Paris, everywhere, it’s been so cold. I said to my coach I can’t wait for the sun to come out, I’m dying for hot weather so bring that on.”
Dellacqua was certainly in sizzling form against her Argentine opponent. The Sydney-sider’s successful spell at Birmingham – where she won two qualifying matches before losing to Daniela Hantuchova - had notably bolstered her confidence. Indeed it was she who glided around the court exuding an air of superiority over the No.1 seed who sits 64 places above her in the world rankings.
Unlike Ormaechea, who had come through a testing three-set opening round, Dellacqua looked fresh in the humid conditions. There was no sign of the hip twinges sustained through a heavy fall the day before. Blistering forehand and backhand winners flew off her racket as she rattled through games as breakneck speed and it was ultimately a netted ball by Ormaechea on Dellacqua’s second match point that ending proceedings.
“I’ve had a lot of matches and feel pretty comfortable and confident on the grass,” Dellacqua said. “It’s good to get into a controlling position from the first go. I was just trying to use my lefty serve as much on the grass and step up and be in control from as many points as possible in the beginning.”
The Perth-born player was also particularly delighted with the execution of her game plan. “I probably didn’t let her get into the way she wanted to play which was my plan," she added. "If she can get running and get into the game and get moving, she’s very dangerous so I tried to stomp that out early. I was able to do that and I think she felt a little bit lost which worked in my favour.”
Another seed to fall at the second round hurdle was Eleni Daniilidou. An ankle injury forced the fifth seed and former world No.14 to retire against Irina Falconi while trailing 6-1, 2-0.
Over on Court 7 an ear splitting duel was being contested between second-seeded Galina Voskoboeva and Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam. The world No.86 scraped through a close three-setter yesterday, but this afternoon looked considerably more at home on the lawn securing a 6-1, 6-4 victory.
Voskoboeva, who hails from Kazakhstan, confessed her grass-court preparation had perhaps not been the best. “This is my first tournament on grass this year, so my second match on grass. I’ve been preparing on clay courts,” she laughed.
“I feel pretty comfortable playing on the grass. Tomorrow it’s another day, I’ve been playing well so I’ll just try to keep playing the same.”
Shahar Peer, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon Ladies' Singles in 2008, also made light work of Maria Sanchez securing a 6-3, 6-2 victory in one hour and 13 minutes.