The opening day of the US Open has dished up a massive upset, with two-time grand slam champion Simona Halep dumped out of the first round by little known Ukrainian Daria Snigur.
The 20-year-old qualifier stunned the women's seventh seed, beating Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in a first round boilover at Flushing Meadows.
It was Snigur's first ever win on the WTA Tour.
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Snigur broke down on court after sealing the famous win, before struggling through tears to explain what the victory meant to her family and her country during its war with Russia.
The Ukrainian wore a pin on her chest in the colours of her national flag and put her hands around it after the final point.
Snigur was part of last week's “Tennis Plays for Peace Exhibition” in Louis Armstrong Stadium to raise money to aid Ukraine.
She admitted that it might have helped her nerves when she returned to the same court for her opening match, but no one expected her to defeat one of the favourites for the women's title.
Halep had won 19 of her last 22 matches and recently returned to the top 10.
However, the US Open has not been a happy hunting ground for the Romanian, and so it proved again as Snigur sent the women's heavyweight packing to leave tennis fans in shock.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 29, 2022
#124 Daria Snigur from Ukraine beats #7 Simona Halep, champion in Canada and on a 7 matches winning streak, 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 to reach the 2nd round of the #USOpen.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 29, 2022
At her 10th attempt, Daria #Snigur broke into the first slam main draw of her career.
The Ukrainian win against Simona #Halep and achieve the biggest victory of her career (so far she had 3 top 100 wins, with none better than n.95 WTA)#USOpen pic.twitter.com/e5H0DAkZ7w
— Lorenzo Ercoli (@Ladal17) August 29, 2022
No. 7 seed Simona Halep out of the US Open in the first round after losing 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 to 20-year-old Ukrainian qualifier Daria Snigur, making her Grand Slam debut
That's a shocker
— Christopher Clarey 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 🇪🇸 (@christophclarey) August 29, 2022
20 YO Qualifier, Ukraine 's Daria Snigur defeated 7th seed Simona Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
Halep was one of the favourite to win the title
First big upset of #USOpen2022#SimonaHalep #Halep #DariaSnigur #Snigur #Ukraine #USOpentennis #USOpen pic.twitter.com/NtA7UqvJXn
— Vaibhav Sharma (@vaibhav_4x) August 29, 2022
— #3Sports (@3SportsGh) August 29, 2022
This is unbelievable! Daria Snigur - young Ukrainian tennis star won the game in match with Simona Halep at US Open! Congratulations to Dasha and her Couches! pic.twitter.com/GVRqFDTtOW
— Roman Greba (@prawnic) August 29, 2022
Daria Snigur, a 20-year-old qualifier from Ukraine playing in her 1st grand slam, just upset No. 7 seed Simona Halep in the 1st round of the #USOpen.
Special sports moment right here. pic.twitter.com/M0ikEQWI6k
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) August 29, 2022
Maria Sakkari avenges Wimbledon defeat
In other early women's action on day one, Maria Sakkari gained revenge for her Wimbledon semi-final defeat against 35-year-old German mother-of two Tatjana Maria, after winning a three-set rollercoaster.
Sakkari, now up to No.3 in the world and third seed, justified her superior billing, surviving a second-set wobble to win 6-4 3-6 6-0.
Sakkari, who made the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows in 2021, will next meet Diane Parry or Xiy Wang.
Another surprise headliner at Wimbledon was Harmony Tan, who knocked out Serena Williams on the multiple champion's final visit to SW19.
Tan went on to reach the fourth round in London but she will not be making news in New York.
The Frenchwoman, who was given a wildcard entry, has been beaten in the opening round by 2019 US Open champ Bianca Andreescu 6-0 3-6 6-1.
The Canadian will now face Brazil's 15th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia who thrashed Croatia's Ana Konjuh 6-0 6-0.
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.
American Alison Riske, seeded 29th, beat compatriot Eleana Yu 6-2 6-4 and now meets Colombia's Camila Osorio, who dropped only four games after losing the first set to Ann Li 6-1.
Elsewhere Veronika Kudermetova defeated Donna Vekic 7-5 6-3.
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