BAD GASTEIN, AUSTRIA (WCSC) -
Lowcountry standout Shelby Rogers is through to the semifinals of the WTA Tour’s NURNBERGER Gastein Ladies tournament, beating the seven-seed, Camila Giorgi of Italy in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.This is the first time the Mount Pleasant native has ever made the semis of a WTA Tour event; this comes a day after she made the quarterfinals of WTA Tour event for the first time. It is also her second straight victory over a Top-50 opponent. Giorgi began the day ranked 40th in the world. Rogers beat Carla Suarez Navarro (ranked 16th in the world) yesterday.
"I'm very excited! Such an incredible feeling." Rogers said in an email to Live 5 Sports. "It's always nice to see your hard work paying off and getting the results you want. I definitely can believe it! I've always dreamed about a moment like this and have always had a support team that encouraged me every step of the way. It's an indescribable experience and definitely one I will never forget!"
"It's rewarding that I took such a tough route to get to the semifinals." The Lowcountry native said about beating two top 50 players. "It's nice to overcome such steep obstacles and be able to follow up a good win with another! Putting together such a great week so far has given me a lot of confidence for sure, but its not over yet!"
Rogers said that her serve has been a big reason for her success so far in this tournament.
"It (her serve) feels great. The high altitude helps with that. It takes a bit of pressure off your return games when the serve is working, so I can go after the returns a bit more and play aggressive."
Even though she's so far away from home, the tournament is held in Austria, Rogers says her fans from the Lowcountry have been keeping up with all she's been accomplishing.
"I still get the fans even all the way over here in Austria. My family and friends are up at the crack of dawn watching scorelines and livestream so I still feel their support as well. In a way I guess I do feel separated though and I have really gotten a chance to work on my mental toughness and self belief, working through these matches by myself."
Rogers will face Italy’s Sara Errani (the tournament’s number-two seed) in the semifinals tomorrow.
"I want to enjoy the moment." she says. "This is a week of many firsts for me and I don't want to overlook any of it! I want to play confident because I have nothing to lose so As long as I leave everything on the court I will be happy!"
This year’s Family Circle Cup champ, Andrea Petkovic will face American Grace Min in the other semi.