The upset by Rogers is the biggest thus far in women’s singles action at the 2017 Australian Open. She defeated Halep with ease, winning 6-3, 6-1 over the world No. 4.
Halep cited knee problems since the WTA Finals in Singapore as a contributing factor to her loss. She even called upon the trainer to address a lower leg issue after dropping the first set.
“I can play about 45, 50 minutes without pain. And then it comes.”
Injury or not, the match is big for Shelby Rogers. She advances through to second round action. Her furthest appearance in a Grand Slam is a quarterfinals match at the 2016 French Open. The American looks to continue her strong start at Melbourne Park later this week.