Charleston’s Shelby Rogers made her best showing at her home tournament by reaching the quarterfinals, but veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni stopped her from going further by absolutely dominating their encounter after losing a very close first set.
The 24-year-old Rogers twice led by a break in the opening set, but wasted that lead and even had to save a set point in the tiebreak. Rogers actually first had a set point at 5-4, but double-faulted on it and the 35-year-old Lucic-Baroni recovered, forcing a tiebreak which was as close as the set itself. At 5-5 in the tiebreak, the world No.52 Rogers made an error and handed Lucic-Baroni a set point, but saved herself by painting the line to level to 6-6 and soon afterwards finally converted her third set point.
Rogers opened the second set by holding serve, but from then on the match was all about the 11th-seeded Lucic-Baroni who won eleven games in a row and all Rogers could do was win that one game in the third set to avoid a bagel. Final score of this Volvo Car Open quarterfinal: 6-7(7) 6-1 6-1. (photo: Jimmie48)