Serena Williams tumbles to 116th-positioned Rogers at US Open tuneup
Serena Williams endured her first misfortune from 2012 to an adversary outside the WTA's best 100, tumbling to individual American Shelby Rogers in a Friday quarter-last at the Top Seed Open.
Rogers positioned 116th, outlived ninth-positioned Williams 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) following two hours and seven minutes, completing the 23-time Grand Slam champion with a help victor.
"All It's children's fantasy growing up to have the option to accomplish something to that effect," Rogers said. "Bizarre conditions. Abnormal environmental factors. Be that as it may, success is a success."
The US Open hardcourt tuneup occasion at Lexington, Kentucky, is being arranged in an isolated bubble because of the COVID-19 pandemic that had kept Williams inert since a February Fed Cup appearance.
Favorite Williams had not lost to a player outside the best 100 since tumbling to France's Virginie Razzano in the first round of the 2012 French Open.
Williams, who removed sister Venus on Thursday, was playing matches to plan for the US Open, which begins August 31. She will look for a seventh title on the New York hardcourts to coordinate Margaret Court's unequaled record of 24 Grand Slam crowns.
"I have just beneficial things to take," Williams said. "I can play much better."
Rogers contacted her first WTA semi-last since Rio in 2016. She'll confront 63rd-positioned Swiss left-hander Jil Teichmann, who removed American Catherine Bellis 6-2, 6-4.
The other semi-last will send American Jen Brady – who expelled Czech Marie Bouzkova 6-1, 6-2 – against US high schooler Coco Gauff, who won 10 of the last 11 games to revitalize past Tunisian eighth seed Ons Jabeur 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
A downpour deferral of two hours and 45 minutes delayed her match, however, Williams gave no indication the hold up had put the 38-year-old mother off her game.
Williams broke for a 2-0 lead by driving a deviant Rogers strike, broke again in the 6th game when Rogers got a forehand and hung on a help victor to guarantee the initial set after just 26 minutes.
"Certainly a little overpowered in the first with that pace," Rogers said of Williams and her incredible serve. "Attempted to hit a couple of more volleys in the second, simply hit one more ball."
Rogers, who never confronted a breakpoint in the keep going two sets, broke on her third possibility in the last round of the second set when Williams got a forehand.
The two players held serve into the sudden death round, where Williams bounced ahead 3-1, just to have Rogers run off four straight focuses, two on Serena's serve, to hold onto the lead for good.
Williams got a strike to give Rogers two-match focuses, however, spared the first with a help victor possibly to fall when Rogers replied with her very own assistance champ.
Rogers, who will come back to the WTA top 100 one week from now, was in her first quarter-last since May 2017, due to a limited extent to long nonattendance after a 2018 remaining knee injury.