Daniel Island’s Shelby Rogers earned a wild card into the main draw of the May 26 French Open on Saturday when Alison Riske was eliminated in the semifinals of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament at Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
“I am just so excited,” the 20-year-old Rogers said Saturday from Indian Harbour. “I am just starting to plan my trip (to Paris).”
Rogers lost in the second round at Indian Harbour, but her title at Charlottesville, Va., last Sunday and quarterfinal appearance at Dothan, Ala., earned her more combined WTA singles ranking points (88) in two of three select USTA Pro Circuit events than any other American.
“Wild cards (to the majors) definitely don’t come easy,” said the 190th-ranked Rogers, who earned a wild card into the 2010 U.S. Open by winning the girls 18 national championship.
Rogers had another big week in doubles, losing in Saturday’s semifinals with Britain’s Nicola Slater, half of the team that defeated Rogers in the Charlottesville doubles final. Rogers’ new doubles points total is projected to lift her ranking to approximately 186th in world doubles from No. 208.
After moving into the top 200 in world singles for the first time after Charlottesville, Rogers will remain approximately No. 190 in the WTA singles rankings. The 10 points she earned at Indian Harbour should equal the points that will rotate off when Monday’s new rankings are released.
Riske, Madison Brengle, Irina Falconi and 17-year-old Charlottesville runner-up Allie Kiick were the only Americans that had a chance to take the French wild card away from Rogers entering Indian Harbour.
Kiick needed to reach the final to surpass Rogers, but fell in the first round. Falconi went out in the second round and Brengle was eliminated by Riske in the quarterfinals. Riske was second with 64 points to Kiick’s 60.
Rogers trains at the USTA training center in Boca Raton, Fla.
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