Siegemund shocks Williams

- Agence France-Presse, MIAMI

Apr 7, 2017-

Top seed Madison Keys and former world No 1 Venus Williams were the biggest casualties on a day of upsets at the WTA Charleston clay court event in South Carolina on Wednesday.

Keys was bundled out 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 by fellow American Shelby Rogers, who grew up in Charleston and delighted her home crowd with an aggressive performance that overwhelmed her compatriot. “It’s really hard to explain,” Rogers said. “I’ve played here so many years in a row, and it’s not always easy. I feel like I’ve learned a lot of lessons and I’ve grown up here in front of this crowd. It’s so special,” the 24-year-old added.

Rogers will face Naomi Osaka in the next round after the Japanese player knocked out No 13 seed Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-4. Elsewhere, Venus Williams was left baffled after losing a punishing three-set, second-round battle to Germany’s Laura Siegemund. The veteran third seed bowed out in her opening match of the tournament, losing 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 to the 29-year-old world No 37.

It was Siegemund’s second three-setter of the tournament, and the German admitted she was as surprised as anyone following a win in which she saved two match points. “I have no idea!” Siegemund said when asked to explain her victory. “It was a really good match; it was going up and down. I just tried to believe in my game.”

Published: 07-04-2017 08:49

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