World No. 49 Shelby Rogers is known for delivering upsets and on Saturday she produced one to send No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko packing out of the Indian Wells Masters. Rogers proved better in the key moments as she handed Ostapenko a 7-5 7-6 (7) loss to progress into the Indian Wells third round.
Rogers produced a couple of upsets last year as well as stunned world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the US Open third round and also beat Leylah Fernandez in Indian Wells in October. "I thought I returned very well, I played the big points well when it mattered, and I hit two good forehands in the tiebreak," Rogers said after her win over Ostapenko.
"As long as I finish that way, that’s good."
Rogers edges out Ostapenko
Ostapenko claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead but Rogers took the lead after responding with back-to-back breaks.
Rogers failed to serve out for the first set in the 10th game but broke Ostapenko again in the 11th game and served out for the opener in the following game. After winning the first set, Rogers broke Ostapenko in the opening game of the second set.
Ostapenko got the break back in the fourth game but Rogers again broke the Latvian in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Rogers wasn't up by a break for too long as Ostapenko broke back in the eighth game to level the set at four games apiece.
After recovering twice from a break down, Ostapenko had a set point on Rogers' serve in the 10th game but failed to convert. The set went into a tie-break, in which Rogers took a 5-2 lead before Ostapenko won four consecutive points to take a 6-5 lead and earn her second set point.
Once again, Ostapenko failed to realize her set point as Rogers won two consecutive points to take a 7-6 lead in the tie-break. Ostapenko saved the first match point but couldn't save the second as Rogers escaped with a straight-set win.