Charleston touring tennis pro Shelby Rogers may have earned herself a place for the first time among the world's top 100 players on Monday with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) upset of world's No. 56 Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia in the first round of the WTA Tour's Premier 5 Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal.
A 21-year-old qualifier ranked 113th in the world until the rankings come out again next Monday, Rogers posted her third straight victory and won for the 10th time in her last 12 matches. She next plays rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard, the fifth seed and world's No. 8 player.
Rogers didn't face a break point in the first set and came up with the only service break she needed to take a set lead in the decisive 10th game. She dropped service in the ninth game of the second set, but broke right back for 5-5, then failed to capitalize on her first match point as Tomljanovic forced a tiebreaker.
Ending the 1 hour, 49-minute match on her second match point, while serving the 12th point of the tiebreaker, Rogers had the better of it serving most of the way. She hit 60 percent of her first serves to just 43 percent for her 5-11, 21-year-old opponent. Rogers also had eight aces, while Tomljanovic served up eight double faults.
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