Australian Casey Dellacqua is in to the fourth round of the US Open following a 6-3 3-6 6-4 victory over the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova.
In a stunning display of power hitting, Dellacqua pounded 30 winners to take the match and record her best performance at the US Open.
“I’ve got to the fourth round a couple of times at the Aussie Open before … but I’d really like to make my first quarterfinal,” Dellacqua said.
“I really want to finish this slam off just as well as I started the year.”
It has been an amazing 12 months for the 29 year old, who was playing qualifying at the 2013 US Open.
“I’ve had a lot of time to reflect upon the last 12 months and it’s been quite a journey.
“The main goal for me now is just to be consistently be consistent. I don’t want to have results here and there,” Dellacqua said.
“I want to be a player that beats who I should beat and I want to be that player that girls are a bit frightened to play.”
Next up for Dellacqua is #11 seed Flavia Pennetta.
“I’ll be pumped and ready to go to play Flavia on Monday. I’m ready for the challenge,” she said.
“She’s obviously a high-quality opponent. She made the semis here last year, is No.11 in the world. I guess I’ll just approach it the way I always do, and that is do all the things that I do well.
“I’ll always fight hard and I’ll always have a crack.”