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Simona Halep screams in frustration during shock second-round loss to Taylor Townsend

Fourth seed Simona Halep suffers shock second-round loss to Taylor Townsend at the US Open

  • The Romanian had lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows in past two years 
  • Fourth seed Halep endured another frustrating day at the US Open on Thursday
  • American Townsend won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the third-round for the first time
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Simona Halep’s advice to Taylor Townsend came back to bite her after the American qualifier dumped the Wimbledon champion out of the US Open.

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Townsend, ranked 116 in the world, came from behind to stun the Romanian fourth seed in a third-set tie-break, winning 2-6 6-3 7-6 (4).

Halep beat Townsend 6-1 6-3 at the Miami Open in March, after which the 23-year-old asked for some tips. 

Simona Halep screams in frustration during shock second-round loss to Taylor Townsend

Simona Halep screams in frustration during shock second-round loss to Taylor Townsend

Halep revealed: ‘After we played together, she came in the locker room and she asked me what she has to improve to be better. Next time I will not say anything.’

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Townsend, who will face Sorana Cirstea in round three, recalled: ‘I don’t know why I did it, but I did it. It kind of stuck with me.

‘I’m not saying that everything she said I implemented into my training, but it was definitely in the back of my head to remember what she said and also remember why I asked, what drove me to ask that question, kind of that hunger and desire to get better.’