Rogers braces for social media abuse following unsightly US Open up reduction

NEW YORK (AP) — Shelby Rogers had no lack of folks singing her praises just after she upset No. 1 seed Ash Barty.

She realized how much the tone would adjust after the American followed that by finding routed by Emma Raducanu on Monday.

“Obviously we respect the spotlight in people times. But then, you know, you have now and I’m likely to have 9 million loss of life threats and whatnot,” Rogers claimed. “It’s very significantly polarizing, one severe to the other extremely speedily.”

Rogers jumped to a rapid direct and experienced a break place to go up 3-, then dropped 11 straight video games in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to the 18-year-outdated from Britain. She explained afterward she type of wished social media didn’t exist, since hers was likely to be filled with negativity.

“It’s a massive portion of marketing now. We have contracts, we have to publish specified things,” Rogers stated. “I don’t know, you could possibly go by means of my profile correct now, I’m in all probability a body fat pig and, you know, terms that I simply cannot say suitable now.

“But, I suggest, it is what it is. You test not to get it to heart, and it’s the unlucky facet of any activity and what we do.”

Sloane Stephens called focus to it by sharing abusive Instagram messages she been given after the 2017 champion shed to Angelique Kerber in the third spherical. She posted that she had received additional than 2,000 damaging messages right after that defeat.

Rogers explained players try out to dismiss that, while it is challenging.

“You know, just focusing on the essential things, not comments from people today in their mom’s basement,” Rogers stated. “It’s seriously regrettable and some of it does get to your head in some cases. I indicate, they write some correct matters sometimes for confident — you are up a break and you have a further split place. These are info.

“But social media cannot handle what I’m doing and the way my education is heading to go going forward, but I want it did not exist. It is definitely tricky.”

OPELKA OUT

Reilly Opelka smacked a half-dozen aces in the opening sport of his fourth-spherical U.S. Open match from Lloyd Harris, which includes a single at 136 mph to get a 1- guide. Great signal, suitable? Not quite.

The trouble for Opelka, an American seeded 22nd, is that it was a 22-issue video game that bundled 6 crack points for Harris. And Opelka only place 60% of his initially serves in, 13 of 22.

That was a trace of issues to occur on a working day that Harris, an unseeded South African, and not Opelka, was the one who managed to attain his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by creating a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 victory Monday.

The two men are major-notch servers, and Harris wound up with a 36-24 edge in aces and a 76-65 edge in to start with-provide share. He also gathered 17 crack points and converted six. Opelka went 1 for 2 in that category as a returner.

“I was not hitting my spots. It was an uncharacteristic serving working day for me. That transformed the complete issue,” Opelka claimed. “I necessarily mean, even if it was a characteristic serving day, I wasn’t heading to crack him considerably. He was serving unbelievable.”

BIRTHDAY Book

Leylah Fernandez got some new looking through substance on her 19th birthday.

A day just after achieving the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, the Canadian was specified a signed copy of Billie Jean King’s autobiography “All In” as a reward.

Fernandez and associate Erin Routliffe fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to Monica Niculescu and Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania in a 3rd-round women’s doubles match. As they returned from the court docket to the locker place space at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Fernandez was satisfied by U.S. Open up event director Stacey Allaster, who gave Fernandez birthday cupcakes and the ebook.

King wrote: “To Leylah — Pleased 19th Birthday. Proceed to Desire Significant and cherish each individual second!”

Fernandez faces No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

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AP Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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