Rogers talks about shock win over Sakkari – “Helps me to elevate my game”

World No. 40 Shelby Rogers talked about her shock win over sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari in the first tournament at Adelaide.

Rogers went toe-to-toe with her formidable opponent and stole the show on Wednesday. She prevailed after claiming a surprise 7-6 (5) 2-6 6-4 win. The result meant she has now made back-to-back quarter-finals under the lights of Adelaide.

Knocking out a favourite to win a tournament is always a good thing. The performance she put in was exceptional, and with momentum on her side, she wants to go all the way.

Rogers talked about her shock win over Sakkari, and said that she could not have asked for a better start to the year.

“It’s a great way to start the year,” she said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.  

“That’s what we want to do, is play the best players every week. It helps me to elevate my game to play someone like that.

“But I want to keep going. I want to see what else I can do.”

Shelby Rogers reflects on upset win over No. 3 seed Maria Sakkari
Rogers (pictured) advanced to the semi-finals. Source: tennisworldusa.org

Big hopes

Sakkari, who was a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist in 2021, recently outlined her desire to have a great 2022 and go one better than the previous season.

“After having a very good season, I’m curious if I can do that again and if I can do that even better,” she said.

“I believe that I can do even better, but who knows. At the same time I’m confident that I can do it. I’m a bit more relaxed.

“I am here to win the tournament. It’s just that I know I may not play my best tennis, it’s the first week. I don’t want to put pressure on myself these days.”

Unfortunately for Sakkari, she fell short. Rogers, meanwhile, is up against Elena Rybakina.

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