In the third round of the US Open against Australia’s Ashley Barty, American player Shelby Rogers was at a disadvantage in many ways. Barty is not only the number one player in the world, but she also defeated Rogers, ranked 43rd in the past five games, four of which are this year’s games.
All of this has changed at the most important time.
Rogers defeated Barty in the third round of the US Open on Saturday with a score of 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). This victory was Rogers’s second victory over the top five opponents and the first victory over the number one player.
What has changed between their five previous meetings and this one?
“I’m not sure I can [explain it],” said Rogers, the only American woman who stayed in the U.S. Open after winning. “I just said let the ball stay in this game as much as possible, and it won’t get worse. You lose to her every time. Try different things. “
This is the second day in a row that a top ranked female player fell from the US Open.On Friday, the defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Asoka fell in shock in the hands of 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, Forcing her to question her near-term prospects in the game.
Rogers now has a 13-7 record at the US Open. He had an impressive upset at the US Open before. The 28-year-old eliminated sixth seed Petra Kvitova in the round of 16 of the 2020 Championship, a victory that allowed Rogers to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open for the first time.
Although Rogers has twice entered the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam, but her progress has not been further than this. She hopes to do this for the first time in the 4th round against the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu.
“I am very happy to be able to enter the next round,” Rogers said.
Britain’s Radukanu is one of the three 18-year-old players left at this year’s US Open. Fernandez joined her women’s team, while Carlos Alcaraz (who defeated Stefanos Tsissipas in the third round) played on the men’s team.
As attention shifted to her upcoming meeting with Radukanu, Rogers was doing his best to enjoy the moment.
“Oh, come on, Pam,” Rogers said to ESPN’s Pam Shriver with a smile after the topic of her next game came up.