Casey Dellacqua's beautiful act for beaten Australian Open finalist

The much-loved Australian produced a beautiful moment in the final.

Casey Dellacqua (pictured left) consoling finalist Mirra Andreeva (pictured right) at the Australian Open.
Casey Dellacqua (pictured left) showed her class and offered Australian Open girl's finalist Mirra Andreeva (pictured right) some words of encouragement after her loss. (Getty Images)

Australian tennis favourite Casey Dellacqua has been praised for her act of kindness for the beaten Australian Open girl's finalist after a tough loss. Dellacqua was in attendance during the girl's final on Rod Laver Arena between friends Alina Korneeva and Mirra Andreeva.

In heartbreaking scenes, Andreeva broke down in tears when she returned to her bench after losing to close friend Korneeva 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. Korneeva had two match points on serve in the third set, but Andreeva was able to break to extend the epic match.

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However, Korneeva didn't let the pressure get to her as she broke back to win the thriller after more than three hours. In tough scenes, Andreeva returned to her bench and was in tears after losing the epic encounter.

In a classy act, Korneeva ran over and consoled her friend following the close battle. This sparked praise on social media with Aussie Daria Saville hailing the sportsmanship on show from the teenagers.

This prompted Dellacqua to approach Andreeva and offer some kind words after the epic girl's final. Dellacqua's classy act sums up her importance to Australian tennis.

Ash Barty's classy act before Australian Open final

Later that day, Dellaqua watched her close friend Ash Barty make an appearance at the women's final where she symbolically handed over the trophy as the reigning champion before the match.

Barty was the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion at the time of her retirement, but the Aussie stepped away from the sport and hasn't looked back. While Barty has denied any chance of making a return to tennis, she has made an appearance in Melbourne during the Australian Open.

Alina Korneeva (pictured right) receives the championship trophy from Casey Dellacqua (pictured left).
Alina Korneeva (pictured right) receives the championship trophy from Casey Dellacqua (pictured left). (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

And in a surprise move, Barty lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne Park on Saturday night and symbolically moved it to the next champion's podium. She received a raucous ovation from adoring fans at Rod Laver Arena.

Barty received a huge ovation in front of women's tennis pioneers Billie Jean King and her mentor Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She was widely praised by fans on social media, with her surprise appearance lighting up the tennis world.

with AAP

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