Halep falls to 124th in the world… in her first victory!

Halep falls to 124th in the world… in her first victory!

She had never played in a Grand Slam final draw before and had never faced a top 10 player before. She had never won on the WTA Tour before! The women’s team, very attached to them, already has its first surprise. And this is one of the most important of recent times. Simona Halep, 7th in the world, after losing to the unknown Daria Snigur (124th) 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, is the first seed to leave the US Open. In a rare, strange and unpredictable game. How not! Because of the benchmark and the context, but also because of the development. The 20-year-old Ukrainian player, after an unforgettable day, after starting her win count, will face Canadian Rebecca Marino (106th) in a duel to keep dreaming. Now everything is possible.

On the other side, a frontal shock for Halep, desperate during and after the match, with clear gestures of not understanding anything. His season, after returning to lead the World Team, was very good; his home stretch, after reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and winning in Toronto, brilliant. Victory in Canada moved him back into the top 10 and he had won 19 of his last 22 games. Since 2018, he had not added 40 victories in the same course. He had the chance, but Snigur, out of nowhere, snatched it away. “I’m very happy. I’m very, very, very nervous, but I tried to do the best I could.” the young tennis player, trembling with emotion, after the feat.

The path to her was also not the usual path, according to the story. With her own style, she surprised the Romanian player in a fearsome first round. From the ITF Bronx to endorsing a two-time 6-2 Grand Slam winner (Roland Garros 2018 and Wimbledon 2019). Nerves on edge, which Halep took advantage of. 24 points out of 30 won, a donut and another nudge for the duel, which seemed to resume its natural course. Nothing could be further from the truth, with a Snigur full of winners flying again. Until 5-1, when the tremor of the voice was still in the hands. 5-2, 5-3, 5-4… Romanian backhand to the net, hands on face and tears in eyes. This is how your first victory goes when it happens on one of the biggest stages in world tennis.

Surprise between the predictable

A resounding victory that raises its decibels in a day that, until the surprise, had developed, more or less, in the foreseeable, with the fall of Daria Kasatkina (9th), 7-6, 1-6 and 6-3 against the Briton Harriet Dart (88th), in addition to the most unexpected. Maria Sakkari (3rd) did not fail against Tatjana Maria (85th) despite the need for the third set (6-4, 3-6 and 6-0), which she resolved with a Face. Neither Haddad Maia (15th) in the most unbalanced match of the day (double 6-0 to Ana Konjuh, 117th) nor Kudermetova (7-5 ​​and 6-3 to Donna Vekic) nor the recent winner in Cincinnati, the Frenchwoman Caroline García (17th), in no hurry against the lucky loser Kamilla Rakhimova (6-2 and 6-4). Ons Jabeur (5th), ​​in search of the level displayed by being crowned in Madrid or by reaching the final at Wimbledon, was not surprised by the local Madison Brengle (7-5 ​​and 6-2). Like Coco Gauff (12th) against Leolia Jeanjean (149th), indomitable (6-2 and 6-3). The 18-year-old American, after reaching the Roland Garros final, wants to experience something similar, if not better, at home. Madison Keys (20th favorite) won at home against the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska (7-6 (3) and 6-3 in 1h43). LThe American advances for the ninth time to the second round of the tournament, during which she will meet the Italian Camila Giorgi. And Leylah Fernández, finalist in 2021, got rid of the French Océan Dodin (6-3 and 6-4) against the Russian Liudmila Samsonova, who has just won the Cleveland tournament.

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