Charleston touring pro Shelby Rogers rallied to defeat 94th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-4, on Tuesday in the first round of the main draw of the WTA Tour's $250,000 red-clay tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria.
Rogers, who fought her way through qualifying and is ranked 147th in the world, has won seven of her last nine matches. She needed two hours and 31 minutes to defeat Pliskova, a 6-0 left-hander.
Rogers' second-round opponent in the 32-player main draw will be third-seeded, 16th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
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