A ‘big milestone’ for Rogers despite loss

Shelby Rogers plays against Sara Sorribes Tormo Wednesday April 8, 2015 during the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. Rogers lost 7-5,6-1. Grace Beahm/Staff

Shelby Rogers will spend the next few weeks hammering out the mistakes in her game while preparing for the European clay court season. Correctable flaws were apparent Wednesday in the second set of a 7-5, 6-1 Family Circle Cup loss to tournament qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The Mount Pleasant native prefers to “take the positives” away from a tennis facility dear to her heart and development.

Rogers, 22, won Monday night against Silvie Soler-Espinosa to snap an 0-6 WTA losing streak this year and earn her first main-draw Family Circle Cup victory.

“I overcame a big milestone here and had a good first match and I did some good things in the first set (Wednesday),” Rogers said, “so I just want to keep building on that and continue throughout the season. It’s a long year ahead.”

Tormo, ranked No. 195, was the underdog in every way against No. 80 Rogers. But the 18-year-old Spaniard kept Rogers off balance with a mix of defensive shots on her favorite surface. Tormo had no problems with the hometown crowd.

“The biggest win of my career,” Tormo said.

Tormo advances to the round of 16 to face No. 4 seed Sara Errani, a 6-3, 7-6 winner over 2014 Family Circle Cup finalist Jana Cepelova.

Rogers didn’t fair much better in her doubles match later in the day. Marina Erakovic and Andrea Petkovic defeated Rogers and Alison Riske, 6-4, 6-2.

On a day when chaos ruled at the Family Circle Cup, Madison Keys brought a little sanity back to the tournament.

Keys used a strong ground game to easily dispatch Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-2, 6-1, in 56 minutes in the night’s final singles match.

Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard went down in straight sets to Lauren Davis as three of the four-seeded players were either defeated or lef the tournament. Ekaterina Makarova defeated Shaui Zhang, but withdrew from the tournament with an illness.

“Yeah I thought I was going to lose,” Keys said with a chuckle. “I don’t really focus on the other matches during the day. I try to stay focused on myself and my match. Obviously, some seeds have lost, but I think that happens every tournament.”

With the two top seeds already gone from the draw, Keys, the tournament’s seventh seed, becomes an interesting prospect to advance through the field.

The day was a total loss for top-seeded Bouchard.

Bouchard, who is ranked No. 7 in the world, lost her opening match of the tournament to Davis, 6-3, 6-1.

After the match, however, Bouchard, an avid ice hockey fan and Montreal native, received a South Carolina Stingrays jersey following the match from head coach Spencer Carbery. The No. 15 jersey had a “Bouchard” nameplate on the back.

“I love going to games, it’s a great sport to watch live,” Bouchard said.

Carbery, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, has been a longtime tennis fan and has followed Bouchard’s career.

“She’s a great player, it was such a thrill to watch her play and meet her,” Carbery said. “She couldn’t have been nicer. It’s too bad she didn’t win her match.”

Blues skies and summer-like temperatures have given the Family Circle Cup a boost at the gates.

After drawing 11,534 fans Tuesday — 6,432 during the game and 5,102 for the night matches — the tournament had 14,388 in total attendance during Wednesday’s matches.

That figure includes 7,532 during the day matches and 6,856 for the night session.

TV time

ESPN2 will carry the matches live Thursday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. The coverage Thursday and Friday will be from 1 p.m. until 2;30 p.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Kids under 15 are admitted free to the Family Circle Cup all week with an accompanying adult.