Bad Gastein - The 147th-ranked Shelby Rogers upset Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (12),
6-3 at the Gastein Ladies tournament on Saturday to reach her first
career WTA final.
The American, who won three qualifying matches
to reach the main draw and hadn't beaten a top-50 player before the
event, will face the fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany in
Petkovic, who beat Grace Min of the United States
4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal that was interrupted by rain for 1 ½
hours, won the first of her three career titles here in 2009. Petkovic
and Rogers have not played each other before.
Rogers, who is from
South Carolina, saved four set points against the 14th-ranked Errani
before converting her fifth chance in the tiebreaker of the opening set.
In the second set, Rogers came back from a break down and closed out
the win with a backhand winner on her first match point.
who won the doubles at Wimbledon last week and was looking to reach her
third singles final of the year and first since losing to Serena
Williams in Rome in May, criticized the humid conditions on the clay
After slipping and losing the point at 10-10 in the
tiebreaker, Errani talked with WTA supervisor Martina Lutkova who judged
the conditions were okay for play to continue. Errani, who was seeded
second, had already been unhappy after Friday's quarterfinals, comparing
the center court to "a swimming pool."
Petkovic reached her second final of the season after winning in Charleston in April.
20th-ranked German broke Min's serve twice coming from 5-1 down in the
opening set but then lost her serve at 5-4. The German used three more
breaks in the second to level the match.
Petkovic broke Min again
at 3-3 in the final set and missed one match point on the American's
serve before closing out the match in the next game.
138th-ranked Min had not been beyond the second round of a WTA event
before. The American had drawn top-seeded Flavia Pennetta in the opening
round but the Italian pulled out injured shortly before the match.