World No. 45, Shelby Rogers of the USA will take on the qualifier, Lizette Cabrera of Australia, ranked 162nd in the world, in the first round of the 2021 Chicago Open on Monday, September 27. Get the live streaming options of this Shelby Rogers v Lizette Cabrera match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Shelby Rogers v Lizette Cabrera Head to Head
The pair have never played each other once before, this will be the first meeting between the 28-year old American, and the Australian, who is five years younger.
Rogers Upset Barty at US Open
Rogers has been in two senior WTA finals, finishing runner-up in Austria in 2014,, and again in Rio in 2016, both times on clay.
Twice a Grand Slam quarter-finalist, in Paris in 2016 and New York last year, she had the biggest win of her career at the US Open earlier this month.
Playing Ashleigh Barty, the world number one, an opponent who had already beaten her four times previously this year, she pulled off a major upset to defeat the top seed under lights on the Arthur Ashe Court.
Unfortunately for Rogers, she returned to the same court the following day and was thrashed by the eventual champion Emma Radecanu, which resulted with the American having to deal with a barrage of criticism on social media.
She has not played since that defeat.
Cabrera Making Rare Appearance in Main Draw
Cabrera, an Australian player of Filipino descent, reached her career singles high ranking before lockdown last year. At that stage it looked like she was threatening to break into the top 100, but her form has dipped since then.
She spends the vast majority of her time on the junior tours where she has won five singles and three doubles titles, but none since 2019.
This is a rare excursion for her onto the senior tour, and when she has featured, it has mainly been courtesy of wildcards, such as at the Australian Open, or the Melbourne warm-up event, the Yarra Valley Classic.
However, she did manage to qualify on the grass of Nottingham, and made the second round before losing to the Belgian Alison Uytanek.
She failed to qualify for the US Open, but has made the main draw in Chicago, after first beating Tara Moore of Great Britain and then Olga Govortsova of Belarus.
Rogers v Cabrera Prediction and Tip
Rogers has had time to get the Radecanu defeat, and the fall-out that followed it, out of her system, and should have little difficulty against the Australian qualifier, who is one of the lowest ranked players in the main draw.