Simona Halep Eliminated by Unseeded Taylor Townsend at 2019 US Open

Simona Halep at the 2019 US Open. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/Shutterstock

After we witnessed several surprises in the men’s singles at the 2019 US Open in previous days, the time came for shockers in the women’s singles as well. The current Wimbledon champion and No.4 seeded Simona Halep was eliminated in the second round of the tournament by unseeded Taylor Townsend.

The match started great for Halep, as she easily won the first set with 6-2. Townsend, however, managed to remain composed and started playing a lot better in the second set, managing to get a confident 6-3 victory.

Then, in the third set, both players gave their best, which lead to a nerve-wracking tie-breaker. Although the experience was on Halep’s side, Townsend was the one who kept her calm when it mattered the most and ended on a winning end of a 7-4 result.

This was another early elimination for Halep at the US Open, and it seems like she just can’t catch a break at this tournament. Prior to this, the 27-year-old Romanian saw two consecutive first-round exits in Flushing Meadow.

For Taylor Townsend, on the other hand, this might be an opportunity to finally have her big Grand Slam break. This was the first time she advanced in the third round on US Open, and it ties her best Grand Slam success, as she also played the third round at French Open in 2015.

“This means a lot,” – said Townsend after the match. “It’s been a long journey. … I’ve had some really close matches this year and just haven’t been able to get over the hump. This match means so much, and it gives me so much confidence to know that I can do it.”