BY JAMES BECK
Special to The Post and Courier
Charleston's Shelby Rogers fought to the end of Wimbledon qualifying on Thursday in London, but suffered a service break in the eighth game of the third set and fell to Poland's Paula Kania, 7-6 (12), 4-6, 6-3, in a grass-court battle of two 21-year-olds, both ranked in the 170s in the world.
The defeat for Rogers came after two victories in the qualifying tournament, and allowed Kania to advance into next week's main draw at Wimbledon where a first-round payoff of more than $46,000 is assured.
Rogers served for the first set twice in a tiebreaker, first at 6-5 after jumping off to a 5-3 lead in the tiebreaker. Kania finally prevailed on her sixth set point and 26th point of the tiebreaker.
Rogers quickly fell behind 4-1 in the second set, but the Daniel Island product came storming back to win five straight games to force a decisive third set.
In the third set, after a pair of long Rogers service games in which the American saved seven break points, Rogers was unable to fight off the first break point of the eighth game. Kania served out the match at 40-15.
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