Shelby Rogers notched an upset within the second spherical of the Chicago Fall Tennis Basic on Wednesday, because the American knocked out No.8 seed and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Canada, 6-4, 7-5.
Stat nook: Huge victories in 2021 are nothing new for World No.43 Rogers, who now has six victories over High 20 opposition this yr after powering previous World No.20 Andreescu. Over her profession, Rogers has collected 19 High 20 wins.
Andreescu had received her final 11 matches in opposition to American opponents coming into her first assembly with Rogers. Nonetheless, Rogers upended that document with victory in slightly below two hours.
Rogers had solely 14 winners to Andreescu’s 27, however the Canadian greater than doubled Rogers’s unforced error depend, by 35 to 16. Every participant had eight break factors throughout the conflict, however Rogers transformed three of these possibilities, whereas Andreescu solely made good on one.
Key moments: Andreescu had many alternatives to take a really early lead, when she held 5 break factors in a protracted 2-1 sport within the opening set. But Rogers was capable of serve her manner out of hassle in that sport and maintain on for 2-2.
That gritty efficiency helped Rogers seal the primary set, as Andreescu faltered within the subsequent sport, hitting two double faults whereas dropping serve. Up a break, Rogers refused to yield, and he or she didn’t face any extra break factors within the opening body as she stormed to a one-set lead.
A backhand winner gave Rogers the early break within the second set as nicely, however after holding that lead all the best way to 5-4, the American couldn’t serve out the match, as Andreescu broke for 5-5 with a forehand crosscourt winner.
However a topsy-turvy tussle adopted, the place Rogers transformed her fourth break level of the sport to reclaim the break lead at 6-5. In her second likelihood serving for victory, Rogers wanted just one match level within the subsequent sport to triumph.
Subsequent up: Within the spherical of 16, Rogers will face this week’s shock bundle in Japanese qualifier Mai Hontama.
The 22-year-old Hontama, who’s ranked World No.200 and is taking part in her first WTA foremost draw, cruised previous former High 5 participant Caroline Garcia within the first spherical, 6-3, 6-0. She then moved into the spherical of 16 after No.11 seed Anett Kontaveit withdrew from the occasion resulting from a left thigh harm.
Victorious Vondrousova: Marketa Vondrousova additionally pulled off an upset on Wednesday, because the Olympic silver medalist from the Czech Republic beat No.4 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, 6-3, 6-2.
Within the first assembly between the 2, 2019 Roland Garros runner-up Vondrousova defeated this yr’s Roland Garros runner-up Pavlyuchenkova after an hour and 12 minutes of play.
World No.41 Vondrousova picked on the Russian’s second serve, successful 70 % of these factors. That helped the Czech convert six of her seven break factors.
Vondrousova will now face No.16 seed Jil Teichmann of Switzerland for a spot within the quarterfinals. It will likely be their first skilled assembly, though Teichmann defeated Vondrousova in a clay-court junior occasion in Switzerland in 2015.
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