US Open: Taylor Townsend stuns Simona Halep

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Taylor Townsend stuns Simona Halep at US Open

23-year-old qualifier Taylor Townsend stunned former world No 1 Simona Halep at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, defeating the Romanian 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to move into the third round of the US Open.

Townsend was emotional as she addressed the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd afterwards.

“It’s been a long road. A lot of haters. A lot of people who weren’t sure. I’ve heard it for a really long time that I was never going to make it, that I wasn’t going to be able to break through,” Townsend said.

“This was a huge, monumental moment. It was a very defining moment for me to realize that I belong here.

Simona Halep (L) and Taylor Townsend (R) at US Open

“I never played with someone coming so often to the net,” Halep said. “Didn’t miss much. It’s unbelievable.”

Other surprising results included Andrea Petkovic’s 6-4, 6-4 elimination of two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

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In another upset, unseeded American Denis Kudla won No 27 Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 7-5, 0-6, 6-3, while Briton Daniel Evans defeated No 25 Lucas Pouille. 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4

Three-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal rolled into the third round when his opponent, Thanasi Kokkinakis, withdrew with an injured right shoulder.

 

Chidi Nwoke.