Charleston 20-year-old Shelby Rogers opened play in the 32-draw red-clay $235,000 Strasbourg International tennis tournament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over fellow qualifier Marta Domachowska of Poland, who double-faulted 11 times. It was Rogers’ fourth straight victory, counting three in qualifying.
Rogers was broken while serving for the match at 5-4, but rebounded to win eight of the last nine points to advance to a round of 16 match today against 61st-ranked and seventh- seeded Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa. Currently ranked No. 188, Rogers is now projected to advance approximately 15 places in next week’s world rankings going into her wild-card entry into the main draw of the French Open.
Charleston Battery’s Dane Kelly earned USL Pro player of the week honors after scoring the game-winning goal in the Battery’s 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo Reserves this past Sunday.
The win moved the Battery into second place in the USL Pro standings, and handed Houston its first reserve defeat this season.
Joining Kelly on the USL Pro team of the week was teammate Colin Falvey, who put in a strong performance defensively as the Battery withstood Houston late to claim victory.
The Battery host the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Blackbaud Stadium.
The Charleston Women’s City Amateur, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, was washed out by rain and will be played at a later date.
Herb Whetsell, general manager of Charleston Municipal Golf Course, said the course received four inches of rain Tuesday and the decision was made to postpone the event until later in the year.
The Citadel wrestling team was honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, placing 12th in the nation among all Division I programs while NCAA qualifier Matt Frisch earned a spot on the All-Academic squad.