Rogers wins Yakima Regional Hospital Tennis Challenge

July 16, 2012 by  

YAKIMA, Wash. — In a 2-hour, 20-minute battle before a packed house, Shelby Rogers won the Yakima Regional Hospital Tennis Challenge on Sunday, outlasting Samantha Crawford 6-4, 6-7 (7-3 tiebreaker), 6-3, at the Yakima Tennis Club.

Rogers, a 19-year-old from Daniel Island, S.C., earned $7,315 for her first USTA pro victory. She began the tournament ranked 445th in the world.

Crawford, who on Saturday teamed with Madison Keys to claim the doubles championship, won $3,990 for her singles play and $1,330 for her share of the top doubles money. A 17-year-old from Tamarac, Fla., Crawford was ranked 976th.

Rogers, who earned a wild-card spot in the 2010 U.S. Open by winning the USTA Girls 18s national title, remained in contention for a berth in this year’s U.S. Open. Spots will be awarded following future Pro Circuit events in Lexington, Ky. and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sunday’s final concluded the first USTA Pro Circuit event held in Yakima and the only such competition in Washington this year.

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