BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) — The 147th-ranked Shelby Rogers upset Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (12), 6-3 at the Gastein Ladies tournament on Saturday to reach her first career WTA final.
The American, who won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw and hadn't beaten a top-50 player before the event, will face the fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany in Sunday's final.
Petkovic, who beat Grace Min of the United States 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal that was interrupted by rain for 1 ½ hours, won the first of her three career titles here in 2009. Petkovic and Rogers have not played each other before.
Rogers, who is from South Carolina, saved four set points against the 14th-ranked Errani before converting her fifth chance in the tiebreaker of the opening set. In the second set, Rogers came back from a break down and closed out the win with a backhand winner on her first match point.
Errani, who won the doubles at Wimbledon last week and was looking to reach her third singles final of the year and first since losing to Serena Williams in Rome in May, criticized the humid conditions on the clay court.
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