Shelby Rogers had the Family Circle Cup crowd on her side. But savvy American veteran Jill Craybas had years of experience on hers, and prevailed over Charleston's hometown girl by 3-6, 6-2 6-0 in a first-round match on Stadium Court today.
Rogers, 18, a wild-card entrant in the Family Circle Cup, dropped the final nine games of the match after taking the first set against Craybas, who is 36 years old and ranked No. 112 in women's tennis.
"It was probably not the best performance I could have put out there," said Rogers, who was born in Mount Pleasant, lives on Daniel Island and trained out of the Family Circle Tennis Center. "But it was all a learning experience, and I had fun."
Rogers is still alive in the Family Circle Cup doubles draw, where she is teaming with veteran Patty Schnyder.
"I'm looking forward to winning a couple of doubles matches and showing Charleston that maybe I can win a match in this city," Rogers said.