Rogers will play qualifier in first round of U.S. Open

Charleston pro Shelby Rogers will arrive in New York Friday for the U.S. Open. (David Quick/

Charleston touring pro Shelby Rogers could benefit from the luck of the draw for next week's U.S. Open tennis championships. During Thursday's U.S. Open draw ceremony, Rogers drew a qualifier for her first-round opponent.

Rogers, who plans to leave for New York on Friday, is playing in her third U.S. Open, but the first time as a direct main draw entry as a result of her world ranking, which is currently 86th. Her only victory in a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2013 French Open.

A first-round win in the main draw early next week would send Rogers into the second round against the winner of the match between 11th seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy and Julia Goerges of Germany. Rogers' first opponent will be determined in the qualifying tournament, which is currently being played in New York.