STRASBOURG, France - Shelby Rogers is rounding into form as she approaches the anniversary of her run to the French Open quarterfinals, ousting Wang Qiang, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the last eight at the Internationaux de Strasbourg.
Rogers and Wang treated the Court Patrice Dominguez crowd to a tense finish as Rogers served for the match, finally clinching victory on her sixth match point.
"It was definitely tough closing it out," she said after the match. "She got a little bit more aggressive at the end, going for broke with nothing to lose anymore. So, she definitely made me fight for it.
"I’m happy I closed it out because had it gone to 5-5, it would have gotten a little tricky. I’m happy with the way I played and excited to be moving on here in Strasbourg."
Getting the first set after an exchange of breaks, the American took the decisive break to start the second and held on for dear life, joking after the match about the things she told herself in that dramatic final game.
"'Use your legs on your serve!' she said. "I felt my arm getting a little tight, as one does in those moments. But I’m excited to be back in a quarterfinal this year, and getting some matches before Paris."
It was an aggressive display from Rogers, hitting 21 winners to just six unforced errors against a high-quality performance from Wang, hitting 18 winners to four errors.
"The crowd was great today. There were lot of ‘Allez!’s and ‘Let’s go Shelby Rogers!’" she said, with a hint of a French accent. "It’s a great atmosphere and a nice showing tonight for the evening match. I’m ready to do it again tomorrow."
Up next is No.8 seed Peng Shuai, who recovered from an early deficit to defeat Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse in straight sets on Tuesday.