When Shelby Rogers finished last season at No. 146, she set a rather modest goal for 2016: boosting her ranking enough to gain direct entry into Grand Slam tournaments so she wouldn't need to go through qualifying rounds.
She managed to accomplish that for the French Open — but barely. At No. 108, the 23-year-old American was the last player admitted to the field at the time of the rankings cutoff last month.
Maybe it's time to aim higher, because just look at her now.
By beating a seeded player at Roland Garros for the third time in a week, Rogers reached the first major quarterfinal of her nascent career with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 25 Irina-Camelia Begu...