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

American Shelby Rogers entered into her United States Open third-round match with Australia’s Ashleigh Barty as a high underdog in more methods than one. Not just was Barty the world’s top-ranked gamer, however she likewise beat the 43rd-ranked Rogers in their previous 5 conferences, 4 of those coming this year. 

All that altered when it mattered most. 

Rogers got rid of a second-set loss to upset Barty 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the United States Open’s 3rd round on Saturday. The win was Rogers’s 2nd over a top-five challenger and initially over a top-ranked gamer. 

What altered in between their previous 5 conferences and this one? 

“I’m not sure I can [explain it],” stated Rogers, the only American female left in the United States Open, after the win. “I just said make balls try to stay in this match, it can’t get any worse. You’ve lost to her every time. Try something different.”

This is the 2nd successive day in which a highly-ranked females’s gamer fell from the United States Open. On Friday, safeguarding United States Open champ Naomi Asoka shockingly was up to the 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, requiring her to question her instant future in the video game. 

Rogers, who’s now 13-7 all-time in the United States Open, has actually managed an excellent upset in the United States Open in the past. The 28-year-old knocked out the sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova in the 2020 competition’s Round of 16, a win that provided Rogers her very first United States Open quarterfinals look. 

Though Rogers has actually appeared in 2 Grand Slam quarterfinals, she hasn’t advanced further than that. She intends to do so for the very first time versus the 18-year-old Emma Raducanu in Round 4. 

“I’m just so excited to be moving on to the next round,” Rogers stated.

The United Kingdom’s Raducanu is among 3 18-year-olds left standing in this year’s United States Open. Fernandez joins her on the females’s side while Carlos Alcaraz — who stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas in Round 3 — is fighting on the males’s side. 

With attention moving towards her approaching conference with Raducanu, Rogers is doing her finest to indulge in the minute. 

“Oh, come on, Pam,” Rogers laughingly stated to ESPN’s Pam Shriver after the subject of her next match emerged. 

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