Former ball girl Rogers sends sleepy Kvitova packing

Fri May 27, 2016 7:44pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - A few years ago American Shelby Rogers was scurrying around court as a ball girl to the biggest names in tennis in her hometown WTA tournament.

On Friday, the Charleston resident was the one being chased by a throng of autograph hunters after she produced one of the biggest shocks at this year's French Open by overwhelming twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round.

The 23-year-old, ranked 108th in the world, won 6-0 6-7(3) 6-0 to move into the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time.

"It's pretty surreal. I'm obviously at a loss of words. It's really exciting," a grinning Rogers told reporters.

For a sleep-deprived Kvitova, the day was anything but exciting.

"I felt just weird. I didn't really sleep last night and it's just difficult day today," said 10th seed Kvitova, who last lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 in 2014.

"I was feeling very tired and my legs were very heavy.

"Nothing really worked today. It's one of my worst losses in a grand slam."   Continued...