Australia went into the third round of the US Open with two players left in the main draw. Nick Kyrgios on the men’s side and Casey Dellacqua on the women’s.
Only one survived.
Casey Dellacqua is having a stellar season. A bit over twelve months ago she was hovering outside of the top 200. Now she is in the Top 30.
Dellacqua came through her third round match in three sets against Karolina Pliskova, who had knocked Ana Ivanovic out in the second round.
After winning the first set 6-3, Dellacqua lost the second, 3-6. She came back in the third to win 6-4 and progress to the next round.
Dellacqua will meet the 11th seeded Flavia Pennetta in the fourth round.
Pennetta won through easily in her third round encounter with Nicole Gibbs, 6-4, 6-0.
Dellacqua has taken a tougher route to the fourth round, playing three set matches in the second and third rounds.
Pennetta ont hé other hand had a three set opening match but the next two rounds have been in straights.
This could be a really interesting match. An on form Pennetta should be the favourite, but obviously I’ll be cheering for Dellacqua.
In the men’s side, Nick Kyrgios had a big match on Arthur Ashe court against Spain’s Tommy Robreddo. The first set was all Kyrgios, getting out to a 5-0 lead. He went on to wing he set 6-3 but the old hand from Spain would go on to teach the youngster from Canberra a tennis lesson.
Robredo won the last three sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Kyrgios did play some very exciting tennis but perhaps at times the showmanship got a little in the way. His concentration also took a wonder at times.
Never-the-less, there is still so much for us to be excited about with Kyrgios and the lessons he would have learned from the match will be invaluable to his future development.