Shelby Rogers is on a hot streak. Even ranked 188th in the world, she may be favored to win her first-round match today in the French Open.
The 20-year-old Charleston product won’t be facing a big-name player when she takes the court late this afternoon in the fourth match on court No. 7 at Roland Garros. Irena Pavlovic is a veteran of nearly 10 years as a pro, but she is ranked only 16 spots higher than Rogers.
Plus, in their only previous meeting, Rogers scored a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Pavlovic last year at Yahima, Wash., a tournament Rogers won. And Pavlovic has lost six of her last seven matches, while Rogers has won 10 of her last 13.
But Pavlovic should have the crowd on her side. She is French.
Yes, it would appear that Rogers has a solid chance of notching her first Grand Slam main draw win today.
While Pavlovic’s lone victory in four Grand Slam main draws came last year at the French, Rogers’ only main draw experience came in the 2010 U.S. Open when she was ranked 344th in the world and split a pair of tiebreakers with 61st-ranked Shuai Peng before losing the third set of the first-round match.
Three local teams captured state titles last weekend at Hilton Head Island in the inaugural 40-and-over state championships.
LTP Tennis’ 4.5 women captained by Alice Kryder, the 4.5 men from I’On captained by Mark Mogul and the 3.0 men from Legend Oaks captained by Carl MacAdam brought home state 40-plus titles.
A 3.0 women’s team from Legend Oaks captained by Diane Pastorius was runner-up.
Players on the state championship teams who participated at Hilton Head Island: LTP — Alice Kryder, Katy Bazylewicz, Ashly Farrior, Ann Harrah, Martha Lee, Susie Peiffer, Kim Perritt, Amy Templeton, Joann Terrell and Deanna Vroman; I’On — Mark Mogul, Gary Agardy, Michael Albano, John Bumgarner, Jeff Burton, Bo Crouch, Todd Hall, Harvey Hines, Fred McKay, Will Smith and Dale Voeks; Legend Oaks — Carl MacAdam, Nick Bonvillain, Dennis Bradshaw, John Doerr, Jay Doolittle, Mark Fredrick, Alan Greer, Jim Hock, Lawrence Lowell and Jim Page.
Kiawah Island continues to dominate Tennis Resorts Online’s best tennis resorts world rankings. Kiawah has now won the No. 1 ranking for seven of the last eight years.
Wild Dunes Resort came in fifth with Hilton Head Island’s Palmetto Dunes ninth as South Carolina landed three top 10 spots, more than any other state. California had two top 10 resorts, including No. 2 La Quinta Resort and Club. Florida, Arizona and Hawaii had one each. The other two spots went to Austria and the Virgin Islands.
Snee Farm Country Club will hold its Grand Prix Friday through Sunday. Registration is available at www.sneefarmtennis.com. Contact pro Christy Cherry (email@example.com).
Berkeley senior Zac Dye suffered his first loss of the season in last weekend’s SCHSL Class AAAA-AAA singles state tournament, but bounced back to take fifth place. After top seed and eventual champion Wood Benton of Class AAAA runner-up Dorman (to South Aiken) defeated Dye in the quarterfinals, the Berkeley star won three straight matches to take the consolation title. Eighth-grader Paul Hendrix of state runner-up Waccamaw (to Christ Church) captured the Class AA-A state singles crown. Socastee is the Class AAA state team champion.