BUMMER! Shelby Rogers Battles Past Leylah Fernandez at Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/13/2021, 12:24 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Leylah Fernandez (CAN) hits a shot in her third round match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) during the BNP Paribas Open. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez was performing exceptionally well at the Indian Wells Open. Notably, she even progressed to the fourth round of the competition. However, in a surprising turn of events, the Canadian was defeated by American international Shelby Rogers in a three-set thriller. Hence, Rogers advances into the quarter-finals and her next challenge will be Jelena Ostapenko.

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Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia defeated the former French Open champion, Iga Swiatek, in the fourth round of the competition. It took just two sets for Ostapenko to crumble the hopes of the Polish. However, it would be really fascinating to see her approach as she progresses in the tournament.

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Leylah Fernandez tastes defeat at Indian Wells

The Canadian sensation, Leylah Fernandez suffered a major loss against Shelby Rogers in a breathtaking three-set match with a score of 6-2, 1-6, 6-7. Despite clinching the first set, the Canadian couldn’t surpass Shelby Rogers. As a result, Rogers has now reached the quarter-finals of the event where she’ll be up against World No. 29, Jelena Ostapenko.

Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA;
Shelby Rogers of the USA after a winner to Ashleigh Barty of Australia on day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In the round of 32, Fernandez faced the ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Despite trailing behind by one set, Leylah cruised into the match and clinched the victory, eventually. The US Open finalist looked fearless as she displayed her prime game again.

After having a solid US Open 2021, the Canadian continued in fine form at the Indian Wells. Moreover, against Rogers, she showed utmost resilience in the deciding set of the match but Rogers took the victory away from Fernandez.

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Shelby Rogers to face Jelena Ostapenko

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In the quarter-finals of the competition, Shelby Rogers will face the 24th seed, Jelena Ostapenko. Ostapenko remarkably defeated the former French Open winner, Iga Swiatek, in the fourth round. Notably, Ostapenko won her fourth WTA title at Eastbourne International this year.

Besides, the pair have met on two different occasions. In both their meetings, Ostapenko has triumphed over the American. Thus, their head-to-head statistics stand at 2-0 in favor of Ostapenko.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in action during her third round match against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic REUTERS/Paul Childs

The quarter-finals contest between Shelby Rogers and Jelena Ostapenko will surely be enthralling to witness for all the tennis fans across the world. Who do you think will emerge victorious out of this clash?

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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