Dellacqua fires into semi-finals

By AARON KELLY PERTH'S Casey Dellacqua has worked the hard way into today's semi-finals at the US$25,000 Kia International women's challenger tournament at Rockhampton's Victoria Park.

Dellacqua, 20, booked consecutive semi-final appearances after a gutsy 6-2 6-7 6-4 win over Victoria's Christina Wheeler yesterday.

In hot conditions, Dellacqua scorched Wheeler in the opening set before the former French Open qualifier returned fire to claim the second set.

The big-hitting left-hander, who won last week's opening event in Mackay, hit back to take the deciding set and will face the Tony Roche-coached top seed, Sophie Ferguson, today.

Ferguson, 19, cruised into the semi-final stage with a convincing 6-1 6-1 victory against unseeded German Annette Kolb.

It will be an all-Victorian showdown in the other semi-final between wildcard Beti Sekulovski and No.6 seed Cindy Watson.

Giant-killer Sekulovski caused the day's upset when she bundled out fellow Victorian and No.4 seed Lauren Breadmore 6-3 6-0.

Watson scored a 6-2 6-0 win over Holland's Josanne Van Bennekom.

Singles and doubles semi-finals start from 10am today with the finals on centre court tomorrow.



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