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Dellacqua downed in US Open doubles final

There was some joy for the Aussie contingent at the US Open this week with Casey Dellacqua reaching the final of the Women’s doubles in New York.

Unfortunately Dellacqua and Russian partner Kazakh Shvedova were no match for the world No.1 pairing of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, going down 6-3 6-3 on Sunday.

The result means Dellacqua has now lost all six Women’s grand slam doubles finals she’s contested, however the West Australian remained upbeat after her latest disappointment.

“I’m okay, honestly,” Dellacqua said. “The fact that I can say I’m a six-time grand slam finalist is good for me.

“Obviously I’d love to win them but if I finish my career (like that), I’m okay with that.

“Hopefully one day I’m remembered for being a good competitor, a good player. That’s what’s important to me.

“It’s about going out there, doing what we do well, and someone’s got to win, someone’s got to lose.

“The fact I’ve made six finals, I’m really proud of that achievement as well.”

The result comes as a huge boost for Dellacqua after the world No.60 was dispatched in the first round of the singles at Flushing Meadows, going down in straight sets 7-5 6-2 to Anett Kntaveit.

Despite being unable to reprise the singles form that saw her reach the Round of 16 at last year’s event, Dellacqua has still enjoyed her best ever season on the women’s circuit, especially in doubles.

The 30-year-old and partner Shvedova made the final of the French Open, the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and won a title in Madrid, despite their relatively new partnership.

This has seen the pair qualify for the elite eight team season-ending championships.

“We’ve only played since May as well so even since then I think we’ve come a long way,” Dellacqua said.

“The fact we’ve made Singapore after a handful of tournaments is a pretty good achievement, something to be proud of for us.

“I look forward to the Asian trip and obviously finishing the year in Singapore will be awesome.”

Australia’s Men’s team will contest the Davis Cup semi-finals against Great Britain this weekend, with the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis hoping to tame world No.3 Andy Murray on his home court in Scotland.

You can catch all the action in the clubhouse throughout the weekend as they chase their first title since 2003!

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