New York:Ahsha Rolle's nice run at the US Open came to an end on Friday, but the 22-year-old American was still bubbling about reaching the third round.
A wild-card recipient, she had never before won a match at a Grand Slam before this week.
Rolle upset 17th-seeded Tatiana Golovin of France in the first round and beat Karin Knapp of Italy in the second round. She lost to No 15 Dinara Safina of Russia 6-4, 6-3.
"It's definitely a huge confidence booster," Rolle said. "It just gives me confidence to know I can play with the top players, beat them."
Rolle is the third of five children for Leon, a retired attorney, and Sharon, who withdrew her retirement savings when she was a pharmaceutical representative to finance her daughter's desire to play tennis.
In 2005, the US Tennis Association started offering some assistance to Rolle. Prior to that, she said the family was spending between $30,000 and $50,000 for her training.
Ranked No 109 coming into the US Open, Rolle will definitely crack the top 100. She could journey as high as the mid-80s when the new rankings come out after the tournament.
"Hopefully, I'll finally be top 100," she said. "I've been trying to get that all year."
Lacking sponsors, Rolle wore the same shirt that she washed after every match - the top had a rhinestone decoration of the New York skyline that a seamstress in Miami designed.
Rolle said she had no special plans for the $43,000 singles prize money she earned.
"Got to go pay some bills," she said.