American Shelby Rogers entered the third round of the U.S. Open alongside Australian Ashleigh Barty in fewer ways than many. In addition to being Barty’s top-ranked player in the world, he also defeated 43. Rogers in the last five encounters, the next four this year.
That all changed when it was most important.
Rogers rocked a second-set loss Saturday to anger Barty 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). Winning was Rogers ’second against the top five opponents and one of the first-ranked players.
What changed between the previous five meetings and this one?
“I’m not sure [explain it]”Said Rogers, the only American woman left in the U.S. Open, after winning.” I just said that trying to keep the ball in this game can’t make it any worse. You lose every time. Try something different. “
This is the second day in a row that a highly qualified female player has fallen from the US Open. On Friday, the U.S. Open champion Naomi Asoka fell stunningly at 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, forcing us to question the immediate future of the game.
Rogers, now 13-7 in the U.S. Open, has caused a great deal of outrage at the U.S. Open. The 28-year-old knocked out sixth-placed Petra Kvitova in the round of 16 of the 2020 tournament, which earned Rogers the appearance of her first U.S. Open quarterfinals.
Although Rogers has appeared in two quarterfinals of the Grand Slam, he has not advanced far beyond that. He hopes to make it to Emma Raducanu’s 18-year-old in the 4th round for the first time.
“I’m very happy to move on to the next round,” Rogers said.
Raducanu from the UK is one of three 18-year-olds remaining at this year’s US Open. Fernandez has joined the women’s side with Carlos Alcaraz – who stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 3rd round – while fighting for the men.
By shifting his focus to his meeting with Raducanu, Rogers is making his effort right now.
“Hey, hey, Pam,” Rogers said with a laugh at ESPN’s Pam Shriver after creating the theme for his next game.