"I'm a little upset because I did not apply the right tactic and because of my level of play. But it's not a drama either, she played very well and really deserved to win", commented Halep.
With his title at Wimbledon, the world N.4 was full of ambitions at Flushing Meadows … but Townsend (116th), in front of his audience, even more.
"Before, when I faced him, I was just trying to send the ball back, I was playing not to lose. This time, I decided to play to win!", commented Townsend.
At 23, she equaled her best Grand Slam course: she reached this stage for her first participation at Roland-Garros in 2014.
Halep, she is eliminated prematurely for the 3rd year in a row at the US Open where she had not passed the first round in 2017 or 2018.
In the men's draw, Alexander Zverev (6th) managed to maintain his level for 3:10 to beat Frances Tiafoe (45), who eliminated 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6 -3.
"I gave everything", said the 22-year-old German who had already played five sets in the first round against Radu Albot.
In this busy day because of the postponement of 22 singles the day before because of the rain, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (5th) fell on a big bone in the person of the Bolivian Hugo Dellien (84th) who pushed him after his strengths.
"I do not know why, but I had cramps", commented the strong man of the North American tour on hard after his 6-3 win, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in 2:43.
"I had cramps all over my body, even in my little toe, which made me nervous. But I'm still here!", said the 23-year-old Russian who tied his best result at the US Open by reaching the third round as last year.
Pair, the mess
A racket thoroughly shattered on the ground still paid the price for his frustration and nervousness after the loss of the third set.
The day was also marked by the strange match of Benoît Paire who sabotaged his game against the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene (80th): the French did not even shake hands with his opponent after the match. He explained that the latter had insulted him several times during the match.
But what a mess! Pair led 5-3 and 40/0 with, therefore, three match points on his serve in the 4th set … And in the 5th, he took the serve of his opponent to lead 3-0, then 4- 1 … But he still committed 6 unforced errors in the tie break.
In total, he committed 99 unforced errors!
Meanwhile, defending champion Naomi Osaka, struggling in her first round, had less trouble in the second to eliminate Poland's Magda Linette (53) 6-2, 6-4.
The Japanese, whose world throne is at stake at Flushing Meadows, took half the time to dismiss Linette (1h11) than it had taken the previous round (2:28) against Anna Blinkova who had taken a sleeve .
Rafael Nadal, whose half of the table has already been decimated by his seed, has earned an extra day of rest. He took advantage of the package of his Australian opponent Thomas Kokkinakis (203) to pass without playing in the third round.
Nick Kyrgios (30th), he has quietly qualified at the expense of the young French Antoine Hoang (104th).
The Australian is again under investigation for misplaced remarks about ATP, which he called "corrupted"At a press conference after his first round." He had softened his remarks a few hours later, but ATP maintained its procedure.