At first look, Shelby Rogers appeared to get an unlucky break in Thursday's draw for next week's Australian Open.
The touring tennis professional from Charleston will play 28th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia in the first round of the year's first Grand Slam tournament.
The last time these two players met was the quarterfinals of the Volvo Car Open when Rogers suffered an abdominal strain during a 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-1 loss to Lucic-Baroni. It was only their second meeting, and the second loss for Rogers in less than two months to Lucic-Baroni.
But since the match on Daniel Island, Lucic-Baroni has struggled on the WTA Tour, winning only five of 17 matches. That's not very impressive for a player still ranked 30th in the world. And Lucic-Baroni will turn 36 years old in less than two months.
Prior to showing up in Brisbane, Australia, for this week's tour stop, Lucic-Baroni hadn't played a tour match since a second-round loss at the U.S. Open. She split a pair of matches in Brisbane.
Now 25 years old and currently ranked No. 61 in the world, Rogers will be making her 2018 debut in the Australian Open, having skipped the warm-up tournaments "Down Under."