The luck of the draw has once again been kind to Shelby Rogers. The 20-year-old from Daniel Island will face 76th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France in the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament that starts Monday in New York.
Of course, Rogers could have been as unlucky in Thursday’s draw ceremonies as former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, whose first-round opponent will be top-ranked Serena Williams.
Rogers gained her initial Grand Slam tournament victory in this year’s French Open by scoring an impressive straight-set win over then 172-ranked Irena Pavlovic of France.
While Rogers’ ranking has soared to No. 132 in the world on the strength of winning two $50,000 ITF tournaments this year that helped her earn wild cards into the French Open and U.S. Open, Garcia has played mostly WTA Tour events. The 5-10, 134-pound, 19-year-old French player won her first career ITF title, the $100,000 Cagnes-Sur-Mer event in her home country, prior to the French Open.
Garcia earned a berth in the Family Circle Cup main draw through qualifying, then fell to Jelena Jankovic in the second round. She also won matches in both the French and Wimbledon (No. 47 Jie Zheng) main draws before running into Serena Williams in the second round each time.
The Rogers-Garcia winner will advance to the second round to oppose either 30th-ranked Laura Dobson of Great Britain or Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain.
Rogers also played in the 2010 U.S. Open as a wild card, but suffered a three-set opening-round loss to Shuai Peng of China.
Reach James Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.
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