In the third round of the U.S. Open in New York on Saturday night, women’s top seed Ash Barty unexpectedly lost to American player Shelby Rogers 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 ( 5) The score was lost.
Rogers, ranked 43rd in the world, started the game in good condition and rested early on the way to the end of the first set. Australia’s world No. 1 counterattacked strongly in the second game, pushing the game to a decisive set.
Barty started the third game with a break, but was broken twice when she hoped to serve the game.
Rogers refused to roll over and forced the game into a tiebreaker, where she mustered up the courage to demand a victory.
The two had met five times before, each time the Australian won. Despite these failures, Rogers only said some good things to Batty because she praised her inspiring nature this year and her ability to deal with real adversity.
“She is one of the most professional people I have ever met in my life. She is also a good person and an interesting person,” Rogers said after the game. “She is very down to earth. I mean, she is one of my favorite people.
“I joked before that every time I lose to her, I never get angry because she is a good person. It’s like, man, she just kicked my ass, but then she was like,’Oh, you will Find it one day. She always encourages everyone around her. No matter where she goes, she will bring energy.
“I can’t say how much I respect her, she is a great representative of women’s tennis.
“I want to talk about what she has done this season. I think a lot of people take it for granted. She has been unable to go home since February. This is crazy. I mean, she is on the way to start again. She has worked and suffered some injuries on the road. She has won five championships. She is still number one. I mean, this girl is everything that every player wants to be.
“To be honest, I can hold on for another 20 minutes. She is one of my favorite people, so whenever I want to hug her, I try to seize this moment.”
Barty herself showed real grace in the failure, admitting that losing to Rogers didn’t hurt her too much because she was a good person.
“Tennis has winners and losers every day, which is bad, but sometimes you don’t mind losing to someone,” Batty said.
“I think Shelby is undoubtedly one of them in terms of personality and character.
“The past six months have been like a roller coaster. I think back to the first game I played on this trip. I fell 5-2 in the third set of the first round in Miami. Tennis has a fun night way things come out. Is there, isn’t it?”
The 18-year-old girl in the form of Emma Raducanu is now waiting for Rogers in the fourth round early next week, and the qualifiers hope to continue her own impressive US Open.
Batty has never won a U.S. Open in singles. Her best performance in the competition was in the fourth round of 2018 and 2019.
However, the 25-year-old player achieved doubles success in the game. She won the championship with CoCo Vandeweghe in 2018.
Batty won her first Wimbledon title in July of this year and won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles at the recent Tokyo Olympics.
The Australian revealed in July Considering her possibility of participating in the game in time, her success at Wimbledon is even more special. Due to a hip injury, she was forced to withdraw from the French Open in May.
“They put a lot of cards on their chests, they didn’t tell me a lot of possibilities, and they didn’t tell me a lot of information they got from other experts,” Batty said. “I think they didn’t tell me that it just proved how difficult we were. Not many radiologists in Australia saw my injury. In a sense, it was a two-month injury.
“It is a miracle to be able to play at Wimbledon.
“I think it’s incredible to play without pain in this game now. Of course, chatting with them now seems much less likely than I feel statistically. I think this is an incredible month. “