Rogers stuns Serena at Top Seed Open

Rogers stuns Serena at Top Seed Open

Shelby Rogers pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career when she toppled Serena Williams 1-6 6-4 7-6(5) in the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open in Lexington on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - First Round
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - First Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 21, 2020 - Shelby Rogers of the U.S. during the match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

REUTERS: Shelby Rogers pulled off one of the biggest wins of her career when she toppled Serena Williams 1-6 6-4 7-6(5) in the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open in Lexington on Friday.

It looked like the top seed would make quick work of Rogers in the rain-delayed encounter after romping through the first set in 26 minutes.

But Rogers kept her composure and got the better of Williams as the first meeting between the two big hitting Americans turned into a slugfest.

The 27-year-old Rogers sealed the win when Williams sent a backhand long on match point.

"It's every kid's dream when they are growing up watching her play and to be able to do something like that," said Rogers, who has yet to get used to the unfamiliar surroundings as the event is being played without any fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Weird circumstances. Weird setting. But a win is a win. I know we're all just happy to be playing."

Next up for Rogers will be Switzerland's Jil Teichman.

Williams was hoping the tournament would help her to get into top form for the U.S. Open, which starts on Aug 31. But having been stretched to three sets in all three of her matches this week, the 38-year-old American knows she has plenty of work to do if she is to fulfil her dream of winning that elusive 24th Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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