MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -
Lowcountry native Shelby Rogers received over 16% of almost 700,000 votes worldwide to earn a spot in the inaugural WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore later this month.
Voters were asked to choose 2 players from the Asia-South Pacific territory and 2 more from the rest of the world. Rogers' percentage was 2nd among the rest of the world behind Monica Puig who had over 20% of the vote. Zeng Saisai and Zarina Diyas earned the spots for the Asia-South Pacific region.
The 21-year-old Rogers is in the middle of the best year of her career having worked her way up to 70th in the world. Earlier in the summer she reached her first career WTA final in Bad Gastein and also reached the semifinals in Quebec.
"It's such a great opportunity" Rogers told Live 5 Sports on Wednesday. "not only for my game, but also exposure as a player. Singapore seems like an incredible place! I'd like to thank each and every individual for taking the time to vote for me and make this trip possible. The support is very humbling."