By Amy Tennery
NEW YORK (Reuters) – While the second-round match between Simona Halep and qualifier Taylor Townsend did not lack surprises and thrills, the result was just too familiar to Romanian fourth Saat – heartbreak again at the US Open.
After clinching their second Grand Slam triumph at Wimbledon last month, Halep appeared to be a real threat this year in a crowded field of female talent at Flushing Meadows.
But the 27-year-old was sent packing by unidentified serving and volley specialist Townsend on Thursday to clinch her tournament record in a miserable three-year win over her early departure, Halep said she "got used to it " be.
"It's the third year," said Halep. "Well, I'm disappointed, I had expectations for myself that I'm confident and feel the game, but today was different, I was very close, I had match (point), but you know, sometimes it happens."
For Halep in New York, where she reached the last eight in the following year as semi-finalist in 201
Her run of bad form began in 2017, when she moved to former number one Maria Sharapova , fresh from a 15-month ban on doping, was a 6-4 4-6 6-3 loser in the first round.  Halep started as the best entrant in the 2018 edition of the tournament after joining Roland Garros won the first Grand Slam triumph and crashed against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the first hurdle with a two-set defeat.
The number four in the world to retire last month with an Achilles edition from the Rogers Cup She said she would accept the defeat.
"I just have to look ahead," she said. "I'm a Wimbledon champion so I will not ruin that."
(coverage by Amy Tennery, edited by Nick Mulvenney)