Lucic-Baroni wins 11 consecutive games to humble Rogers at Volvo Car Open

Charleston’s Shelby Rogers made her best showing at her home tournament by reaching the quarterfinals, but veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni stopped her from going further by absolutely dominating their encounter after losing a very close first set.

The 24-year-old Rogers twice led by a break in the opening set, but wasted that lead and even had to save a set point in the tiebreak. Rogers actually first had a set point at 5-4, but double-faulted on it and the 35-year-old Lucic-Baroni recovered, forcing a tiebreak which was as close as the set itself. At 5-5 in the tiebreak, the world No.52 Rogers made an error and handed Lucic-Baroni a set point, but saved herself by painting the line to level to 6-6 and soon afterwards finally converted her third set point.

Rogers opened the second set by holding serve, but from then on the match was all about the 11th-seeded Lucic-Baroni who won eleven games in a row and all Rogers could do was win that one game in the third set to avoid a bagel. Final score of this Volvo Car Open quarterfinal: 6-7(7) 6-1 6-1. (photo: Jimmie48)

 

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3 thoughts on “Lucic-Baroni wins 11 consecutive games to humble Rogers at Volvo Car Open

  1. Emman Damian

    Mirjana is the comeback player of 2017! I believe she will reach the Top 20 soon. Veterans are really stepping up their game. The Williams sisters are leading by example.

  2. Marija Post author

    Emman Damian, it’s really a spectacular story. She’s ranked at a career-high No.21 now, while her best season-ending ranking before was No.50 in 1999! Thirty is the new twenty definitely in women’s tennis today, while MLB’s story is the most extreme. Although, Flavia Pennetta winning the USO was just as phenomenal, and many other stories.

  3. Emman Damian

    I think Flavia’s triumph in US Open gave hope to veterans that they can still play their best tennis. I believe MLB can still do damage in bigger tournaments this year if she stays healthy. She’s a giant killer and I know she’ll do well again on slams.

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