October 12 (Hfrance.fr) - Shelby Rogers rallied to take a 2-6 6-1 7-6 (4) steel victory over the teenage girl Canadian Leylah Fernandez on Tuesday to enter the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open atIndian Wells.
Never before passed the second round on five previous visits to Indian Wells, Rogers, who turns 29 on Wednesday, offered himself a birthday present to reach the last eight where she will face Jelena Ostapenko, 24th seed from Latvia.
"It was an amazing game , "Rogers said. "She (Fernandez) has had such an amazing season and she 's such a sweet girl, I got to know her a little bit.
"It was really about who dictated the points today, who could control the points first.
" When she take a good look at the ball, it's very hard, her forehand was amazing today. "
After falling to the winner of US Open 18-year-old Emma Raducanu in round of 16 at Flushing Meadows, Rogers was determinednot to be shown the exit of Indian Wells by another teenager Fernandez, who had his own magical run to New York to get to his first Grand Slam final.
After a victory over ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round, Fernandez hinted at another fairytale race in the Southern California desert, but it turned out a mirage.
The 19-year-old Canadian was on the verge of breaking out by smashing Rogers to go all the way to 4-1, then to again to close the first set.
But Fernandez was unable to continue this momentum in the second while Rogers took the lead in the event of a break-up from the 23rd seed three times to lead 5-0 and tie the game.
The third set started with the two players exchanging breaks , but then Fernandez and Rogers n 'hwould not hesitate to send the count east to a tie-break won by the American 7-4. Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Edited by Shri Navaratnam
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