Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R3 Match Preview
(1) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇺🇸 Shelby Rogers
World number 1 Angelique Kerber will continue her Miami Open campaign on Sunday where she will take on American Shelby Rogers in the third round. Kerber made a scrappy start in Miami on Friday, labouring past Ying-Ying Duan. Kerber often struggles in her opening round matches, but if she can get through some tough early matches she becomes more dangerous as the tournament progresses. Kerber will have another tough early test against Shelby Rogers, an opponent with big
weapons to really challenge Kerber.
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Australian Open, 🇦🇺 First Round Match preview
(4) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇺🇸 Shelby Rogers
Simona Halep begins her 2017 Australian Open with a potentially dangerous first clash with American Shelby Rogers. The Romanian suffered a shock first round loss at Melbourne Park last year, succumbing to Shuai Zhang in straight sets. Halep will be hoping for a much-improved showing in Melbourne on this occasion and has a lot of points to gain over the next fortnight.
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Brisbane International R2: 🐨
(6) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇺🇸 Shelby Rogers
Elina Svitolina made a strong start to the 2017 season on Monday with a comfortable straight set win over Monica Puig at the Brisbane International. Svitolina may have won comfortably but early season rust was evident in her game throughout the match, the Ukrainian will be looking to produce a more consistent performance on Tuesday when she comes up against American Shelby Rogers in the second round.
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U.S Open R3: (2) Simona Halep vs Shelby Rogers
Simona Halep will continue her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Saturday when she comes up against Shelby Rogers in the third round at Flushing Meadows. This is a really good draw for Halep, things could have been much worse for the Romanian at this Stage of a Grand Slam event. The Romanian has cruised through her opening two matches this week and will want to continue to build momentum with another comfortable victory on Saturday.
Simona Halep continues to look like Serena Williams’s biggest threat at Flushing Meadows. The Romanian played at a very high level during U.S Open series events in Toronto and Cincinnati, reaching the final at both events. Simona easily accounted for Marina Erakovic and Kateryna Bondarenko in her first two matches in New York, most importantly she has been able to conserve which energy she will need to rely on towards the later stages of the tournament.
Shelby Rogers is having a good week in New York. The American has progressed through to the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career. The American has done things the hard way, coming through a tough qualifying draw before picking up straight set victories over Sachia Vickery and Kurumi Nara. Rogers possesses a powerful game and will enter her third round match against Halep with nothing to lose, a potentially dangerous combination.
This will be the first career meeting between Simona and Shelby. Halep will need to alert from the start of this one, if Rogers gets into the game she should cause Halep a few problems. Overall, it’s very hard to see Rogers maintaining a high enough level for long enough to really trouble the Romanian. Simona will be too classy.
Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Shelby Rogers in 2 sets
(11) Caroline Wozniacki vs (Q) Shelby Rogers
American qualifier Shelby Rogers stunned home crowd favourite Eugenie Boucahrd in their second round encounter on tuesday, a 6-0 2-6 6-0 victory over the fifth seed. Eugenie Bouchard received a standing ovation when she walked onto centre court, however the crowds mood quickly dampened. Genie was a shadow of her usual self, she looked timid and vulnerable. For the first time this season, Genie was unable to deal with the pressure and expectations placed upon her. Although Genie played poorly, some credit has to go to Rogers; the American took full advantage of the situation.
After winning her first title of the season in Istanbul, Caroline Wozniacki has made an impressive start to her Rogers Cup campaign. The former champion dismantled Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 6-1 in the opening round before easing past Klara Koukalova 6-1 6-2 in the second round.
This will be the first meeting between the two; both ladies will come into the match feeling quite confident given their recent results. Wozniacki will be a very different opponent to Bouchard, the Dane certainly wont be handing the American many free points. I doubt Rogers will be able to sustain a high enough level to trouble Wozniacki.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Shelby Rogers in straight