TIMOTHY A. CLARY / Getty Images. 6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the US Open on Thursday.
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WHAT A UPSET
Taylor Townsend defeats the fourth Simona Halep in the second round.
Her first win against a top 10 opponent #USOpen https://t.co/9nB25E2wAv[19659007<Townsendtheplayingthathasplayedhearthestheatrequestthatplayedasprettyaswellaspossiblyhasnonehashasopenedtheopeningseteachtime. She excelled on Thursday mainly due to her exceptional net noise abilities and 64 out of 106 net points for a 60 percent success rate won.
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Serve and gained full points:
Set 1: 2 of 7
Set 2: 9 of 14
Set 3: 26 of 40
Set 1: 9 of 16
Set 2: 15 of 26
Set 3: 40 of 64
Over 100 net approaches in the match.
Halep, the single champion of Wimbledon 2019 and French Open 2018, has reached the finals in four of their last eleven majors.
She had no major problems in the first set and won 12 of her 14 first-serve points and make only four easy mistakes for Townsends 16.
However, the momentum changed in the second set when Townsend started to network to dominate. She gained 15 points over Halep's zero on the net and won 70 percent of her first serve points compared to Halep's 59 percent. The left-hander has also mitigated the unforced errors and committed only seven.
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We are on our way to a third …
Taylor Townsend fights back to win the second set 6-3 against Simona Halep.
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Der set eventually went to a tiebreaker, and Townsend took over despite her 19 unforced errors in the last sentence. She gained a point on Halep's serve with the tiebreaker knotted at four, before winning the serve for 7-4.
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TAYLOR TOWNSEND WITH THE UPSET 🇺🇸
She is the first American to defeat the reigning Wimbledon champion at @USOpen since Serena in 2008. Https://t.co/rC641HE7lt[19659023<TumainiCarayolby Guardian praised Townsend's will to shine on the net after failing to translate two match balls:
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Taylor Townsend grabs one of the biggest surprises of the tournament and beats Simona halftime 2-6 6-3 7-6 (4)
It has taken some incredible effort to get on the net after missing a double matchball. Impressed.
Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times also called the match an "explosion from the past" given Townsend's net-rushing strategy.
The victory is all the more impressive as Townsend has accomplished the associated achievements.
ESP N W Townsend was the first American to defeat defender Wimbledon at the US Open since Serena Williams in 2008. Pam Shriver of ESPN also mentioned on the television program That this was Townsend's first win against a top 10 opponent.
Following the match, Townsend noted her fearless stance in her matchup against Halep, who had defeated in two sets in each of her previous three matches.
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to lose, and today I only played to win. I said "F". "
@TaylorTownsend after Simona Halep at the #USOpen https://t.co/7g44iA5qcO[19659040<"Thismeansalotofalongtrip"saidTaylorTownsendafterthegameabout WTA Insider . "I've had close matches this year and could not get over the mountain, this match gives me so much confidence that I know I can do it." In the Past As I played them, I tried only to make balls. I played so as not to lose. Today I only played to win. I said & eff; it & # 39; s. I do not think I can really say what was going on in my head because it's TV. "
Townsend will face Sorana Cirstea in the third round on Saturday, which will be their first meeting.