Shelby gave red hot Ash Barty a run for her money in this one. All three sets were very close.Rogers in all earnest should have closed out the game in two sets, her failure to build on the early break in the first set her undoing. The first 3 games of that set totally belonged to the American. Watch the forehand winner and drop shot on break point(adv Barty) at 2-1. Patience is one of the hallmarks of clay court tennis, Shelby waited for the opening and got just rewards. The key to Barty overturning the tables in that first set was her first serve. She started to win more on her first serve. Ash had the wind in her sails, then carrying the momentum into the second set to go up 2-0, punishing the short back hand with a perfectly disguised forehand cross court.
But it was the turn of Rogers to turn the tables on the world number 1.Shelby took full advantage of the poor positioning from Barty, cranking up the winners, case in point when Ash was up 2-1 but down 15-30. Surprised with the uncharacteristic rush of blood to the head on set point converted by Shelby 5-4. Ash hitting the forehand way too hard. Now, I am going to be harsh on Shelby especially for her third set performance and the amount of chance that Barty gave to her. Watch 4-4(40-30). Watch when Shelby serves and the subsequent return by Barty. Look how short that return is. Then what does Shelby do? She returns the favor with a short forehand of her own setting herself up for the loss of serve and effectively that was match point.