Shelby Rogers claimed her second consecutive Grand Slam wild card by earning the most points of any other woman at select USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events.
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Shelby Rogers is enjoying a strong season on the USTA Pro Circuit, and it's delivering a Grand Slam result for the up-and-coming young American.
Rogers earned a main-draw wild card into the 2013 US Open after winning the singles title at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Lexington, Ky., Sunday. With the victory, the 20-year-old from Charleston, S.C., claimed her second Grand Slam wild card this year; she also won the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into the 2013 French Open, where she advanced to the second round.
"The [US] Open is incredible," Rogers said after capturing the Lexington title. "I have played in the qualies, and I have played in the main draw once before. I won a wild card from the National Championships when I was in the 18s, so it will be nice to be back on the big stage. I’m looking to do some damage there."
The USTA awarded one women’s singles main-draw wild card into the US Open to the American who earned the most WTA ranking points at two of three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events, in Yakima, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Lexington, Ky. Rogers earned a combined 102 points with her best two results, winning the title in Lexington and reaching the semifinals in Portland.
The winner of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge was determined in the same manner as the US Open wild card, with the player who accumulated the greatest number of WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events earning a wild card at Roland Garros. Rogers rose to the top of those standings by winning the title at the $50,000 event in Charlottesville, Va., and reaching the quarterfinals at the $50,000 event in Dothan, Ala.
Last year, Rogers made a run to the final of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas and claimed the singles title in Yakima with a victory over 2012 US Open girls’ champion Samantha Crawford. As a junior player, Rogers won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the main draw of the 2010 US Open for her first appearance in a Grand Slam, in either the main draw or juniors. She trains at the USTA National Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and is ranked a career-high No. 133 in the world.
The USTA first used this wild-card format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, who each advanced to the second round at last year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. The USTA also used this format to grant a men’s and women’s main-draw wild card into the 2012 US Open, which was won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as the 2013 French Open, which was won by Alex Kuznetsov and Rogers.
Ranking points from two out of four men’s events—$50,000 events in Binghamton, N.Y., and Lexington, Ky., and $100,000 events in Vancouver, B.C., and Aptos, Calif.—will be used and combined to calculate the men’s point total and determine the 2013 US Open men's wild-card recipient. Vancouver and Aptos will be held over the next two weeks. Kuznetsov currently leads the men’s standings with 80 points, followed by Bradley Klahn in second place with 77 points.
Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.