Snigur gets last laugh in huge Halep upset

BREAKING through for your first ever WTA Tour main draw win is a milestone for any youngster. Doing it at a Grand Slam is even better, and doing it against a two-time Grand Slam champion is near-unthinkable. But that is exactly what 20-year-old Daria Snigur was able to achieve, downing Romanian seventh seed Simona Halep in an hour and 40 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium to kick off the US Open.

The match went to three sets, with Snigur’s stunning opening set win of 6-2 leaving the crowd in shock who full expected the red-hot Halep – who had secured her place inside the Top 10 once again in recent months – to take care of the debutant. Even when Halep worked her way back into the contest by storming to a 6-0 second set, the Ukrainian did not panic. Returning serve to take complete control again, Snigur raced out to a 5-1 lead, before Halep managed to win the next three games. The Ukrainian then held her serve in the 10th game to win the match and incredibly, book her place in the second round.

“I’m very happy,” Snigur said post-match. “I’m very, very, very nervous,” she said. “But I tried to do my best.”

The composure of Snigur to regroup after winning just six points in the second set and being handed a bagel was outstanding. The Ukrainian finished the match with five breaks of serve and hit 11 winners to Halep’s 13, playing an uncharacteristic style to oust the two-time Grand Slam champion. Snigur will advance through to the Round of 64 where she takes on Canadian Rebecca Marino. The unseeded North American proved too good for Poland’s Magdalena Frech, 6-2 6-3.


[2] Anett Kontaveit (EST) defeated Jaqueline Cristian (ROU) 6-3 6-0
[3] Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated Tatjana Maria (GER) 6-4 3-6 6-0
[5] Ons Jabeur (TUN) defeated Madison Brengle (USA) 7-5 6-2
Daria Snigur (UKR) defeated [7] Simona Halep 6-2 0-6 6-4
Harriet Dart (GBR) defeated [10] Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 7-6 1-6 6-3
[12] Coco Gauff (USA) defeated Leolia Jeanjean (FRA) 6-2 6-3
[14] Leylah Fernandez (CAN) defeated Oceane Dodin (FRA) 6-3 6-4
[15] Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) defeated Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-0 6-0
[17] Caroline Garcia (FRA) defeated Kamilla Rakhimova (RUS) 6-2 6-4
[18] Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) defeated Donna Vekic (CRO) 7-5 6-3
[20] Madison Keys (USA) defeated Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 7-6 6-3
[23] Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) defeated Fernanda Contreas Gomez (MEX) 6-0 6-4
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) defeated [27] Martina Trevisan (ITA) 7-5 6-1
[29] Alison Riske-Amritraj (USA) defeated Eleana Yu (USA) 6-2 6-4
Shuai Zhang (CHN) defeated [30] Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-4 6-2
[31] Shelby Rogers (USA) defeated Arantxa Rus (NED) 3-6 6-3 6-4
Serena Williams (USA) defeated Danka Kovinic (MON) 6-3 6-3
Rebecca Marino (CAN) defeated Magdalena Frech (POL) 6-2 6-3
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) defeated Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-3 6-2
Bianca Andreescu (CAN) defeated Harmony Tan (FRA) 6-0 3-6 6-1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) defeated Anna Bondar (HUN) 4-6 6-3 6-1
Elena-Gabriela Ruse (ROU) defeated Daria Saville (AUS) 3-6 6-2 6-4
Liudmila Samsonova (RUS) defeated Sara Bejlek (CZE) 6-3 6-1
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) defeated Karolina Muchova (CZE) 6-3 7-6
Elizabeth Mandlik (USA) defeated Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 5-7 7-6 6-4
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6-3 6-4
Maryna Zanevska (BEL) defeated Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-1 7-5
Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) defeated Ann Li (USA) 1-6 6-3 6-1
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) defeated Elina Avanesyan (RUS) 6-4 6-4
Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) defeated Rebecca Peterson (SWE) 6-4 6-3
Dalma Galfi (HUN) defeated Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) 6-4 6-3
Xiyu Wang (CHN) defeated Diane Parry (FRA) 5-7 6-3 6-3

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