Shelby Rogers trolled on social media after crushing Caroline Dolehide at U.S. Open

South Carolina’s Shelby Rogers was described as ‘ugly’ and ‘greedy’ in a flurry of social media posts after her crushing 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Caroline Dolehide in the opening round of the U.S. Open….

Shelby Rogers trolled on social media after crushing Caroline Dolehide at U.S. Open

South Carolina’s Shelby Rogers was described as ‘ugly’ and ‘greedy’ in a flurry of social media posts after her crushing 6-1, 6-1 defeat to Caroline Dolehide in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

And it was a response so harsh it even shocked the 21-year-old, who is coached by her father, Shane, from her home in Brentwood.

“I don’t like social media,” Rogers said. “It’s hard sometimes because I’m on there for 10 minutes and I get so much hate.

“I was going to go back on there and shut it off and just ignore it but I told my dad, ‘I’m going to have nine million death threats. That’s what I’m probably going to get.’”

Rogers did not look like a winner in Sunday’s match against 20-year-old Dolehide, who was born in Australia and moved to the U.S. at age three, and had a bye in the first round.

Rogers saved only three of the 15 break points she faced and did not show signs of improving throughout the match against the 100th-ranked player in the world.

She changed partners in the first round of the U.S. Open for the first time in nearly a year after splitting with third-ranked woman Lindsey Vonn, and praised the quality of play on the new surface.

“I think the greens are really good, which I haven’t seen in a long time,” Rogers said. “The other big change for me is the course is longer, the back nine is shorter.

“I was pretty nervous to get into the third round but I think I can get through that. I’ve had pretty good match play lately and that’s going to help me through.”

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Rogers, who had a medal in doubles competition at the Rio Olympics, is enjoying a top-100 ranking in singles thanks to a schedule that has taken her to Australia, China, India, Malaysia and South Korea.

It looked like a sign of progress when she won her first top-50 tournament in the $300,000 Australian Open WTA Futures event in Canberra a year ago, but she has slipped to No. 108 in the rankings.

This story originally appeared on Newsday.com.

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