Del­lac­qua steps away hap­pily

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

FOR­MER Wood­vale res­i­dent Casey Del­lac­qua has an­nounced her re­tire­ment from pro­fes­sional ten­nis at the age of 33.

Del­lac­qua was a twotime Olympian who twice made it to the fourth round of the Aus­tralian Open sin­gles, in 2008 and 2014.

She also made it to the fourth round of the US Open in 2014, reach­ing a ca­reer-high rank­ing of num­ber 26 in the world, and made the third round of Wim­ble­don twice.

She won the 2011 French Open mixed dou­bles, with Scott Lip­sky, and seven ca­reer dou­bles ti­tles on the WTA tour.

Del­lac­qua is still ranked No. 9 in the world in dou­bles but said she was com­fort­able with her de­ci­sion.

“It is some­thing I have been think­ing about for a while now, and I def­i­nitely feel it is the right time for me to hang up the rac­quets,” Del­lac­qua said on a video on so­cial me­dia.

“It’s time for me to be a mum and it is time for me to spend time with my fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly while my kids are young.”

Del­lac­qua has rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in Fed Cup in 21 ties since her de­but in 2006.

“If there is one thing I will miss about play­ing pro­fes­sional ten­nis, it will be play­ing for Aus­tralia,” Del­lac­qua said.

“It was al­ways the high­light of my year and it is some­thing I will cher­ish: play­ing for and rep­re­sent­ing my country.

“I love ev­ery­thing about ten­nis. I love ev­ery­thing it has given me… but I am re­ally ex­cited about the next stage of my life.”

Casey Del­lac­qua. Pic­ture: Matt King/Getty Im­ages

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