Serena Williams Upset by 116th-Ranked Shelby Rogers at Top Seed Open

Blake SchusterAnalyst IIAugust 14, 2020

Serena Williams returns a shot to her sister Venus Williams during the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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American Shelby Rogers pulled off a stunning upset at the Top Seed Open on Friday, defeating Serena Williams in a quarterfinal match at the Lexington, Kentucky tournament.  

The 116th-ranked American won in three sets, rallying back against the No. 1-seeded Williams after dropping the opener. 

The stunning result comes just one day after Williams defeated sister Venus Williams in a second-round matchup that gave Serena a 19-12 all-time record against her older sibling. 

In just a little over two hours on Friday, it became mostly irrelevant as far as the Top Seed Open is concerned. 

Rogers dominated the second and third sets, winning both without facing a break point after Williams rather easily handled the 27-year-old American. It's not the first time Rogers has unexpectedly taken down one of the sport's top players, either.

In 2014, Rogers defeated then world No. 8 Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Canadian Open, toppling one of tennis' rising stars in her home country. Three years later in 2017, Rogers was ranked No. 57 when she defeated No. 4 Simona Halep in straight sets during the first round of the Australian Open.

But Friday marked the first time Rogers had pulled off such an upset so late in the tournament. 

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A six-time ITF Singles champion, Rogers is searching for her second win at Lexington after taking the title in 2013.