Surgery Will Keep Dellacqua Off Courts
Published February 26, 2009 12:00
Australian tennis star and world No.88 Casey Dellacqua underwent a shoulder surgery this week that will keep her off the courts until the middle of 2009. Dellacqua has been experiencing chronic soreness since Wimbledon last summer, and its persistence in Dubai last week prompted the surgery.
"I wanted to try everything I could before I underwent surgery," Dellacqua said. "I have had significant pain in my shoulder since midway through last year and I have lost a lot of the power in my arm as a result. I am obviously disappointed that the different treatment options I have tried in an effort to avoid surgery over the last six months have not worked but the most important thing now is to rectify the problem and to be pain free."
Dellacqua's stellar 2008 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour catapaulted her to become No.1 in Australia. She began the year by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, after defeating Patty Schnyder and Amélie Mauresmo. Roland Garros saw her topple Marion Bartoli, and she reach the doubles final with Francesca Schiavone, despite being unseeded. Since Wimbledon she has suffered a series of first and second round losses at the Beijing Olympics, the US Open and the 2009 Australian Open.
Due to the surgery, Dellacqua will miss out on the Optus Australian Fed Cup team's effort against Switzerland in April, as well as Roland Garros. Her 2009 Wimbledon campaign may be halted as well, as she is not expected to return to the courts until the middle of the year.
"I am upset I will not be able to join the girls in the World Group II Play-off in April but the current team is one of the strongest we have had in Australia for the last few years and I am sure that they will pull together and have success."