Shelby Rogers won an all-American battle with Katie Volynets at Indian Wells 6-4 4-6 6-1 on Wednesday.
“She definitely has a very bright future and unfortunately only one of us could win today,” Rogers said.
“She’s one of the nicest girls I’ve met on tour and I look forward to seeing her more.”
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Next up for Rogers is a second round meeting with seventh seeded Maria Sakkari, who reached the Indian Wells final last year. Rogers holds a 3-0 lead in her career meeting with the Greek.