Snigur stuns Halep, Kasatkina out of Open

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A young Ukrainian player whose training base was bombed has caused the first big shock of the US Open by knocking out seventh seed Simona Halep.

Daria Snigur, the 20-year-old who won the Wimbledon junior title three years, posted the biggest result of her senior career by defeating the former world No.1 and two-time major champion 6-2 0-6 6-4.

The Kyiv native broke down in tears and made a heart shape with her hands around a ribbon on her chest in the colours of the Ukrainian flag after her one hour 40-minute triumph.

"It means Ukraine is always in my heart," Snigur said.

"This is a victory for Ukraine, for all Ukrainian people, for my family, for my team."

Snigur's father is with her in New York but her mother is at home in Kyiv, where the youngster is no longer able to train after the centre where she trained was bombed in the war.

"The situation is bad, of course," she added.

"I try to do the best for Ukraine, I try to support my country. It's not so easy because the war is continuing. Sometimes it's impossible to play but I try to do my best because I want to live in Ukraine.

"I think (Ukrainian) people enjoyed my match because I have many messages. I didn't understand what happened. I will try to understand it tomorrow because it was I think the best match in my career."

Russia's Daria Kasatkina, the 10th seed, joins Halep as an early casualty after going down 6-7 (8-10) 6-1 3-6 to Brit Harriet Dart.

Hart had never previously won a main draw match at Flushing Meadows and battled superbly in hot conditions on Court 12 to set up a second-round clash with Hungary's Dalma Galfi, a 6-4 6-3 winner over Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain.

Third seed Maria Sakkari of Greece, who made the semi-finals in New York last year, survived a second-set wobble to win 6-4 3-6 6-0 against Germany's Tatjana Maria.

Former champion Bianca Andreescu saw off Frenchwoman Harmony Tan 6-0 3-6 6-1 and the Canadian will now face Brazil's 15th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia who thrashed Croatia's Ana Konjuh 6-0 6-0.

Wimbledon finalist Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian fifth seed, began her campaign by beating Ameican Madison Brengle 7-5 6-2 and compatriot Coco Gauff won her first match, after three losses, at Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-2 6-3 victory over France's Leolia Jeanjean.

Also reaching the second round was 17th-seed Caroline Garcia who beat Kamilla Rakhimova 6-2 6-4 and now meets a second lucky loser in Anna Kalinskaya who upset Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-3.

With agencies.