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Pro Media & News

Pro Circuit Round-up:

Rogers wins Templeton title

 

Ashley Marshall  |  September 30, 2019
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Shelby Rogers won her first title in more than six years on Sunday after rallying to beat fellow American and close friend Coco Vandeweghe in the final of a USTA Pro Circuit event in Templeton, Calif.

 

Rogers (pictured above left) won the ITF World Tennis Tour W60 event after dropping just two sets in five matches, picking up 80 ranking points and more than $9,000 as she continues her comeback from a knee injury that sidelined her for more than a year. The victory sees her jump almost 80 places in the WTA rankings, from No. 303 to No. 226, the highest she has been since July 2018, four months after she ruptured the cartilage in her left knee at Indian Wells.

 

Sunday’s triumph over Vandeweghe was Rogers’ first singles title since beating Anna Tatishvili at an ITF event in Albuquerque, N.M., in September 2013 and her first time contesting a final since a clay-court International-level event in Rio de Janeiro in February 2016. ADVERTISEMENT The win marks the first time Rogers has won consecutive main-draw matches since the 2017 US Open, where she reached the third round.

 

After undergoing knee surgery last spring, Rogers made her return to the WTA Tour in her hometown of Charleston, S.C., in April, beating Evgeniya Rodina in the first round of the Volvo Car Open. The former world No. 48 had played in the main draw of just eight tournaments since then, falling in either the first or second round of each event and losing in the opening qualifying round of three other tournaments, including the US Open earlier this summer, when she was forced to retire in the second set.

 

But last week, any lingering doubts she may have had about her career being over were surely washed away for good. The 26-year-old lost only 12 combined games through her first three matches against Russian qualifier Anna Morgina and countrywomen Katie Volynets and Maria Mateas. The Charleston native then toppled Emina Bektas in the semifinals before fighting from a set down to beat Vandeweghe, who is also recovering from an ankle injury, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in Sunday’s championship match.

 

Vandeweghe, who had played a total of five matches in 2019 before her run in Templeton last week, climbs from No. 476 to No. 365 in Monday’s rankings.

 

Other notable American results on the ITF Circuit include:

 

Women:
 

  • Asia Muhammad reached the singles semifinals at the W60 event in Darwin, Australia. 
  • Chiara Scholl was a doubles finalist at the W25 event in Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy. 
  • Adesuwa Osabuohien reached the doubles final at a W25 event in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

 

Men:
 

  • Tommy Paul won the ATP Challenger 100 event in Tiburon, Calif. 
  • Thai-Son Kwiatkowski was a singles semifinalist in Tiburon, while Americans Sekou Bangoura, Maxime Cressy and Brandon Nakashima all reached the quarterfinals. 
  • Robert Galloway was on the winning doubles team in Tiburon, defeating a duo that included JC Aragone. 
  • Govind Nanda won the M25 event in Harlingen, Texas, where Alex Rybakov was a semifinalist and Logan Smith reached the final eight. 
  • Harrison Adams and George Goldhoff partnered to win the doubles title in Harlingen.
  • Alafia Ayeni advanced to the quarterfinals of the M25 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 
  • Dennis Uspensky progressed to the quarterfinals of the M15 tournament in Cairo, Egypt. 
  • Nick Chappell and Adam El Mihdawy reached the quarterfinals of the M15 event in Cancun, Mexico.

 

 

Wheelchair:
 

  • Casey Ratzlaff was a singles finalist and doubles champion at the ITF 3 Series event in Montreal, where Chris Herman was also a singles quarterfinalist. 
  • Emmy Kaiser was a singles semifinalist and doubles finalist in Montreal.

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