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2021 US Open: American Shelby Rogers upsets top-seeded Ashleigh Barty to reach quarterfinals

American Shelby Rogers got here into her US Open third-round matchup with Australia’s Ashleigh Barty as a steep underdog in additional methods than one. Not solely was Barty the world’s top-ranked player, however she additionally defeated the Forty third-ranked Rogers of their previous 5 conferences, 4 of these coming this yr. 

All that modified when it mattered most. 

Rogers shook off a second-set loss to upset Barty 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) within the US Open’s third spherical on Saturday. The win was Rogers’s second over a top-five opponent and first over a top-ranked player. 

What modified between their earlier 5 conferences and this one? 

“I am undecided I can [explain it],” mentioned Rogers, the lone American lady left within the US Open, after the win. “I simply mentioned make balls attempt to keep on this match, it may possibly’t get any worse. You have misplaced to her each time. Attempt one thing completely different.”

That is the second consecutive day during which a highly-ranked ladies’s player fell from the US Open. On Friday, defending US Open champion Naomi Asoka shockingly fell to the 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, forcing her to query her speedy future within the sport. 

Rogers, who’s now 13-7 all-time within the US Open, has pulled off a powerful upset within the US Open earlier than. The 28-year-old knocked out the sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova within the 2020 match’s Spherical of 16, a win that gave Rogers her first US Open quarterfinals look. 

Although Rogers has appeared in two Grand Slam quarterfinals, she hasn’t superior farther than that. She hopes to take action for the primary time in opposition to the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu in Spherical 4. 

“I am simply so excited to be shifting on to the following spherical,” Rogers mentioned.

The UK’s Raducanu is one in all three 18-year-olds left standing on this yr’s US Open. Fernandez joins her on the ladies’s aspect whereas Carlos Alcaraz — who shocked Stefanos Tsitsipas in Spherical 3 — is battling on the lads’s aspect. 

With consideration shifting towards her upcoming assembly with Raducanu, Rogers is doing her finest to bask within the second. 

“Oh, come on, Pam,” Rogers laughingly mentioned to ESPN’s Pam Shriver after the subject of her subsequent match arose. 

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