Call it a bad draw or the luck of the draw, but it’s probably a little unusual for one player to draw the same opponent in the first round of consecutive Grand Slam tennis tournaments.
That’s the fate of Charleston touring professional Shelby Rogers, whose first-round opponent on Monday at Wimbledon will be 14th-ranked Andrea Petkovic of Germany. Petkovic dealt Rogers a 6-2, 6-1 defeat in the first round of the French Open late last month.
Rogers, currently ranked 83rd in the world, also suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss to 2014 Family Circle Cup champion Petkovic last year in the Bad Gastein, Austria, final in the only other meeting between the two players.
The Rogers-Petkovic match is scheduled as the fourth match on court 18, where play will begin at 11:30 a.m. in London. That schedule should have Rogers on court around mid-afternoon, Charleston time.
Charleston narrowly missed having a second representative in the Wimbledon main draw when Family Circle Tennis Center Academy player Jessie Pegula suffered a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Sashia Vickery in the last round of Wimbledon qualifying. Vickery also defeated Pegula in the first round of this year’s Family Circle Cup.