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Shelby Rogers kicks off Miami Open with three-set win

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Mar 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Shelby Rogers of the United States hits a forehand against Amanda Anisimova of the United States (not pictured) in a first round women's singles match in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Shelby Rogers rallied past Amanda Anisimova 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 in an All-American first-round match at the Miami Open on Tuesday.

Rogers, ranked 48th in the world, fell behind when she lost her serve three straight times in the first set. She won the second set with ease, taking 24 of the 31 points over the 41st-ranked Anisimova, and went up 4-1 in the third set to cruise to victory.

“(Anisimova) can come out and dictate play like nobody else when she is on fire, it’s hard to do anything,” Rogers said postmatch. “I felt like I had to counter that a little bit better. I was a little passive in the first, just running side to side. She played incredible. I’m just really happy I closed it out because I knew she was going to raise her level again at the end.”

Rogers converted all six of her break-point opportunities in the match. She will face No. 10 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the second round.

In another three-set match, Great Britain’s Heather Watson outlasted the Netherlands’ Arantxa Rus 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 in three hours and 26 minutes. Watson hit five aces, saved 9 of 16 break points and converted 9 of 12 opportunities to break Rus.

Other winners Tuesday included American Ann Li, Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse, Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova, Poland’s Magda Linette, Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, Australia’s Daria Saville, Hungary’s Anna Bondar, Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.

–Field Level Media