On Friday, fourteenth August, 2020, it was a great day for World number one-hundred and sixteen (116) Shelby Rogers as she showed an authentic display to beat favorite Serena Williams 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in another three-set battle at the Top Seed Open in Kentucky for the 23-time Grand Slam champ.
During the match, Rogers took all her chances well and played out somewhat better than Serena Williams. Unlike her two past matches in the competition against Bernarda Pera and her sister Venus Williams, Serena took the main set before Rogers energized back to win two intense sets.
Strangely, this happens to be Williams’ first loss to a player outside the top 100 of every eight years. The game was tough as Williams felt the ‘heat’ when the match dove deep. According to Serena Williams, she blames herself for the loss against Rogers.
According to her, she had the chance to conceivably win in straight sets but relaxed along the way. She however made two or three unforced blunders, that could have been averted.
The 38-year-old said conceded that, it was a difficult game, particularly in the third set when Rogers’ serve. She also blamed the courts, as she felt they were hopping extremely high– in fact, higher than normal.
After the match, Williams stated:
“I have only good things to take. I can play a lot better, that’s the most thing that I can take. It’s good to know that I can play a lot lot lot better”.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams says notwithstanding the misfortune, she has significantly greater quality tennis in store to offer after her run in rebound event ended in the quarter-finals.