Unseeded American Shelby Rogers apparently cannot be stopped at the French Open, on Sunday upsetting No. 25 seed Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4, and trademark-edly bursting into tears at the end of the match as she has done in previous rounds.
“I’m definitely outside of my comfort zone already, and I keep telling myself, you belong here,” Rogers said.
Rogers is a year older than the 22-year-old Garbine Muguruza, who she faces next.
“I keep reminding myself to play one point at a time and that this is just another tennis match,” she said. “That’s getting a little bit harder to do as the rounds get farther…I have nothing to lose, I have no pressure…Anyone that’s in the draw has an even chance, I think. So you’re in, you’re in.”
In the quarterfinals she will face her sternest test in the No. 4-seeded Muguruza, who beat former champ and No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.
Muguruza says her advancement is more mental, and she is ready to make the Roland Garros semifinal step for the first time.
“I think the one thing that I have really improved is not just one type of shot. It’s me, generally speaking,” the Spaniard said. “It’s me — it’s the way I prepare matches. I think I have more experience.”
On court Monday at Roland Garros are (1) Serena Williams vs. (18) Elina Svitolina, (9) Venus Williams vs. (8) Timea Bacsinszky, (2) Aggie Radwanska vs. Tsvetana Pironkova, (12) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Yulia Putintseva, and Kiki Bertens vs. (15) Madison Keys.
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