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Barty had an uncharacteristically sloppy first set, making 17 unforced errors to Roger’s three and five double faults. The Australian briefly shut down Rogers’ momentum in the second, taking that set 6-1. After compiling a 5-2 lead in the third set, Barty had the opportunity to close it out, and appeared to be working in cruise control.
But Rogers climbed back, point by point, to break Barty twice en route to a riveting third-set tiebreaker. She won it on a pair of forced errors by Barty. It was her first career win versus a world No. 1. Rogers is the only American woman left in the singles draw.
“I feel like you guys have picked who you want to win,” Rogers said of the crowd, which was nearly willing her to win towards the end. “So thank you for picking me tonight. You guys are in control of the tournament.”
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