Shelby Rogers went 0 for 2 in matches at the Family Circle Cup, but Charleston's hometown girl won't soon forget this week.
Rogers, 18 and a former Family Circle Cup ballgirl, felt the love of a city and proved to herself that she could compete with the world's best tennis players.
"Really unforgettable moments, for sure," Rogers said Wednesday night after teaming with veteran Patty Schnyder in a 6-4, 6-7, 10-6 loss to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova in a Stadium Court doubles match.
"To have basically a whole city behind you, supporting your dreams and what you love, it's indescribable."
Rogers took one set from American veteran Jill Craybas in her Family Circle Cup singles debut on Monday before losing the final nine games of that match.
"I see that I can play with these girls, you know?" Rogers said. "I think a little more experience and I can stop beating myself at times ... So every match is a stepping stone, and it's just really cool to be able to stay at home and learn so much from the players."
Rogers said she will take the next week off to train before heading to Dothan, Ala., for a $50,000 event.
"Just start working back at the matches and getting my points up, getting my ranking up so I can play the (Grand) Slams," said Rogers, who is ranked No. 325. "You know how it works."
Parting with Patty
Family Circle Cup officials presented Schnyder with a framed memento of Charleston after her match with Rogers. It was the final appearance as a player for Schnyder at the Family Circle Cup after 15 consecutive years at the tournament. The 32-year-old from Switzerland, who made the singles final in 2002, said earlier this week that she would not return as a player.
No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki was hard to miss on center court in an outfit that can loosely be referred to as the colors of the Florida Gators. The blue skirt was subdued, but her top, tights and shoestrings as well as the trim on her shoes went beyond orange -- more like neon orange.
"Normally, I would never think I could put these two colors together and it would fit," said Wozniacki, who wore the orange with white at Dubai and Doha. "But I actually kind of like it. I think it's pretty cool."
Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who are teaming this week in doubles, were featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue along with Tatiana Golovin, now retired. The photo shoot took place in the Dominican Republic. Kirilenko, 24, is ranked No. 9 in doubles and No. 28 in singles. Hantuchova, who turns 28 on April 23, is ranked No. 35 in doubles and No. 33 in singles.
FCC's top volunteer
Nancy Heinz of Daniel Island, the co-chair of the Media Center volunteers, was honored as the 2011 Family Circle Cup volunteer of the year prior to Wednesday's match between top-seeded Wozniacki and Irina Falconi on Stadium Court.
Heinz, a lifelong Charleston resident, tossed the coin to determine which player would serve first. She also volunteers at the South Carolina Aquarium, works in the Daniel Island Club's tennis shop and is a part-time teacher at Palmetto Christian Academy.
Special Olympics skills presentation
Members of Lowcountry Special Olympics are scheduled to conduct a 15-minute skills presentation on the Althea Gibson Court following today's third match.
FCC on TV
Television coverage of the Family Circle Cup begins today and continues through Sunday on ESPN2. Broadcast hours today and Friday are 1-2:30 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday coverage will run from 1-3 p.m. Pam Shriver and Cliff Drysdale are the announcers.
The crowd of 7,952 for Wednesday's day session was a record for the tournament in Charleston. The crowd for Wednesday's night session was 6,542, bringing the day's total to 14,494. The Family Circle Cup should approach the 1 million mark for its 11 years in Charleston this week. Total attendance is 935,053 through Wednesday.