American Shelby Rogers has been the breakout star of the 2016 French Open, knocking off three seeds to advance to the quarterfinals. Among those she has vanquished are No. 17 seed and reigning Emirates Airline US Open Series champion Karolina Pliskova, No. 10 seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and popular pre-Paris sleeper and No. 25 seed Irina-Camelia Begu.
Here are five things to know about this fast-rising 23-year-old from South Carolina:
- Rogers played in her first Grand Slam main draw at the US Open in 2010, earning her spot by winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. It was Rogers’ first Grand Slam main draw, in either the junior or professional ranks.
- Prior to this year’s French Open, Rogers’ best previous Grand Slam result came at last year’s US Open, where she reached the third round before losing to No. 2 seed Simona Halep. Also, she reached the second round in Flushing Meadows in 2014.
- Rogers has been a standout on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning four singles titles between 2012 and 2013. In fact, she started out the 2016 season by playing in $25,000 events in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Wesley Chapel, Fla., as well as the $100,000 event in Midland, Mich.
- In 2013, Rogers won the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into that year’s French Open. She won her first-round match over Irena Pavlovic for her first-ever Grand Slam main draw victory.
- To date, Rogers career-high ranking is No. 70, achieved in September 2014. Currently No. 108, she will surpass that when the new rankings are released after Roland Garros.