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Rogers avoids another teenage exit to advance at Indian Wells

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Oct 12 (Reuters) – Shelby Rogers rallied to declare a steely 2-6 6-1 7-6 (4) victory over Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday to transfer into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Never earlier than previous the second spherical in 5 earlier visits to Indian Wells, Rogers, who turns 29 on Wednesday, gave herself an early birthday current reaching the final eight the place she’s going to tackle Latvian twenty fourth seed Jelena Ostapenko.

“That was an incredible match,” mentioned Rogers. “She (Fernandez) has had such an incredible season and she’s such a sweet girl, I’ve gotten to know her a little bit.

“It was actually about who was dictating the factors at present, who may get management of the factors first.

“When she gets a good look at a ball it’s very tough, her forehand was incredible today.”

After falling to 18-year-old U.S. Open winner Emma Raducanu within the spherical of 16 at Flushing Meadows, Rogers was decided not to be proven the Indian Wells exit by another teenager Fernandez, who had her personal magical run in New York getting to her first grand slam closing.

After a win over ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova within the third spherical Fernandez hinted at another fairytale run within the Southern California desert nevertheless it proved a mirage.

The 19-year-old Canadian had been poised for a romp breaking Rogers to go up 4-1 after which once more to shut out the opening set.

But Fernandez was unable to carry that momentum into the second as Rogers took cost breaking the twenty third seed three-times on manner to a 5-0 lead and leveling the competition.

The third set started with the 2 gamers buying and selling breaks however afterwards Fernandez and Rogers wouldn’t falter sending the competition to a tie-break received 7-4 by the American.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Shelby Rogers (USA) celebrates after defeating Leyla Fernandez (CAN) during a fourth round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Leyla Fernandez (CAN) hits a shot against Shelby Rogers (USA) during a fourth round match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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