The biggest upset of the U.S. Open yesterday came from one of the home towners as 23-year old American Taylor Townsend pulled off the biggest victory over her career surprising former Number one seed and reigning Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep.
With an entertaining, net-rushing, serve-and-volleying brand of lefty tennis, the 23-year-old Townsend—a qualifier ranked only 116th—came back to edge Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the second round at Flushing Meadows.
“I mean, this means a lot. It’s been a long journey,” Townsend said, her voice cracking as tears flowed. “Just haven’t been able to get over the hump. This match means so much and it gives me so much confidence to know I can do it.”
Townsend now will try to get to the fourth round at a Slam for the first time. That’s where 15-year-old Coco Gauff went at Wimbledon.
Gauff incidentally is still hanging around Flushing as well—after beating Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a thriller last night—and setting up a Saturday night match against reigning champ Naomi Osaka.
The 15-year-old Gauff became the youngest player to reach the US Open's third round since 1996.
And let’s not forget 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin—who beat Serena Williams in at the French Open—who is into the third round and U.S. teenager, Caty McNally who pushed Serena to three sets on Wednesday.
Source: BBC Sport