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Rogers Conquers Cornet At Citi Open

Shelby Rogers and fellow young American Taylor Townsend were among Washington DC's first round winners on Monday.

Published July 28, 2014 12:13

Rogers Conquers Cornet At Citi Open
Shelby Rogers

WASHINGTON DC, USA - Shelby Rogers' terrific July continued with an upset of third-seeded Alizé Cornet in the first round of the Citi Open on Monday.

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The 21-year-old Rogers rallied from a 5-2 first set deficit and shook off a second set loss en route to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 victory.

At her last event in Bad Gastein, Rogers went from qualifying all the way to her first WTA final, recording two Top 20 wins along the way.

"I had a really good tournament in Austria, so coming off that, I wanted to keep the momentum going," Rogers said. "So it's nice to start off on the right foot here. I'm excited I could play well and get the win."

Though her defeat of World No.21 Cornet falls just short of another Top 20 win, Rogers was very proud of it nonetheless.

"I've had so much success the past few weeks," Rogers said. "I feel like it keeps getting better and better. It has been exciting. This is definitely one of my top five wins for sure. I hope there are many more to come.

"I'm really happy and am enjoying myself. If you're happy off the court, you're going to play well on the court. I've really been working on the mental aspect of the game, staying a little more focused and calm throughout the match, not getting too upset about things and letting them go."

Rogers wasn't the only young American to pull off a surprise victory, as 18-year-old qualifier Taylor Townsend saved 11 of 12 break points on her serve in beating Julia Goerges, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"I tried to fight for every point, get my first serves in and make her play," Townsend said. "She was playing really well, but I just continued to fight. That's all that matters to me and I'm just going to try to build on that.

"It feels really good but I'm not satisfied. I want to go farther and I know that I can, so this is just a small step in the right direction."

It wasn't all good news for young Americans, though, as Kurumi Nara was a 7-5, 6-3 winner over No.7 seed and fellow WTA Rising Star Madison Keys.

"I'm happy to get this win today because she's a very tough player and hits very hard," Nara said. "I had to be consistent."

Two seeds did advance, as sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova was a 6-3, 6-2 victor over Polona Hercog, and eighth-seeded Sorana Cirstea edged Kiki Bertens, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

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