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Rogers selected for WTA Rising Stars Invitational

Shelby Rogers has jumped more than 50 spots in the rankings since the start of the year.

American Shelby Rogers has been recognized for her breakthrough year on tour by being chosen to compete in the WTA Rising Stars Invitational in Singapore.

The event will be held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Oct. 17-21.The selections for the Invitational were entirely fan-driven, with votes being cast on the WTA website. A total of 692,182 votes were registered from 346,091 fans representing 140 different countries.

Rogers and Monica Puig of Puerto Rico will represent the “Rest of World” group, while Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Zheng Saisai of China will represent the Asia-Pacific group. The American said the nomination was a welcome birthday present just days before she is set to turn 21.

"The support I received all month was really incredible. People from all over voted for me. It was really special,” Rogers told The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier. "I'll be around all of the top players in the world. This will be a really good experience and the exposure will be good for me."

Having started the year ranked No. 126, Rogers has since improved to No. 71 in the WTA rankings. She reached her first WTA final this summer in Bad Gastein, Austria, and also reached the semifinals of last month’s WTA event in Quebec City, Canada.  The South Carolina native also won her first main draw match at the US Open and scored her first Top 10 victory by defeating Eugenie Bouchard at the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Montreal.

Riding high on confidence and with less than 100 ranking points to defend between now and next June, the rising American seems poised to move beyond her current standing and join the group of six Americans currently ranked inside the Top 50.

 

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