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Simona Halep Helped Taylor Townsend Win | US Open 2019 R2 RECAP

September 17, 2019


US Women’s Tennis Has A Very Very Bright
Future. The top story of round 2 was Taylor Townsend
pulling off the upset of the tournament so far, defeating Wimbledon champion and #4 seed
Simona Halep 26 63 76 in the US Open 2nd Round. Townsend came into the net a whopping 106
times making Halep uncomfortable and forcing her to go for shots out of her norm. This was just an overall good thing to see
because Taylor Townsend has been through a lot. Starting from her junior days she was critized
by the USTA for her weight and has just really struggled since breaking through at the 2014
French Open. To claim her first top 10 win, she obviously
needed the confidence and reassurance that she could do so, and got that first little
push from none other than Simona Halep herself. Speaking to reporters before the match Townsend
revealed that after a 61 63 loss to Halep at the Miami Open, she went up to the Romanian
and asked her for advice. Halep praised Taylor telling the press: She
played really well. She really deserved to win it b/c she gave
everything and she didn’t think of losing. She went all the way w/ 100% belief.” With this loss, Halep is no longer in contention
to be number one after the tourney as now Pliskova, Barty, and Osaka have the chance. Speaking of Osaka, she had a much easier day
at the office than yesterday as she dispatched of Poland’s Madga Linette 62 64 in 1hr and
11min. The world number one will face none other
than 15 year old Coco Gauff for a blockbuster 3rd round match that will surely be a nigh
match on Arthur Ashe. To get here Gauff had to pull off yet another
three set match downing Hungarian Time Babos 62 46 64. I’ll go more in-depth on this Osaka-Gauff
matchup in my match preview coming out tomorrow. Despite Halep, the seeds did relatively well
with Kvitova, Sabalenka, and Hsieh being the only seeded players to fall. However, last night the number eight seed
was facing the same fate, as Serena Williams was challenged severely by 17 year old American
Caty McNally. Serena held her own on the serve side of things
in the first set, but the problem was, once the rally started, especially on McNally’s
serve the tide shifted. Serena struggled to break and didn’t get
her first opportunity until 5-6 but let 3 break points slip to drop the set 7-5. She eventually got her act together in the
6th game of the second breaking McNally at 15, then steamrolled through the rest of the
match only dropping 2 game since this point. She said that she wasn’t pleased at all
with how she played and that she needs to improve., which I definitely agree with as
an even more crafty player Karolina Muchova awaits her in round three. Serena’s sister Venus however was unable
to join her as she fell to Elina Svitolina 64 64. The draw gods haven’t been favorable at
all this year to Venus as she draw Halep in Australia, then Svitolina twice. I just hope that she can’t get healthy with
her arm so she can make at least one more strong push for a major title. Moving over to the mens side we mostly had
minor upsets with Dusan Lajovic, Lucas Pouille, Christian Garin, Benoit Paire, and Fernando
Verdasco all losing to formidable opponents. It was a solid round for the American men,
as John Isner, Tennis Sandgren, and Denis Kudla all advanced, and Frances Tiafoe almost
joined them, but fell to 6 seed Alexander Zverev in 5 sets. World Number 1 Novak Djokovic had the shakiest
third set victory out of everyone as he struggled with a nagging left shoulder injury against
Juan Ignacio Londero. Nole trailed most of the second set, but came
back to take it in a tiebreaker and advanced to the next one. Novak received multiple medical time outs
for the shoulder and when ask obout his concerns this is what he said: Another player that advanced with great struggle
was Cincy champ Daniil Medvedev who dealt with cramps during his match with Hugo Dellien. Im a bit worried about him as well due to
how much tennis he’s had to play all summer, for all that tennis will eventually take its
toll. He’ll soldier on though and will play Feliciano
Lopez next. For the second time in a row Roger Federer
dropped the first set before bouncing back to dominate, beating Damir Dzumhur 36 62 63
64. In the first sets of his matches his opponents
haven’t been doing another special in particular except for getting the ball in the court. In his next match against Dan Evans he can
not have these slow, messy starts because the Brit has a lot more firepower than Nagal
and Dzhumur and can for sure take out an out-of-form Fed. Rounding out the Big 3, Rafael Nadal had light
work as he didn’t even have to hit one serve for injury-prone Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis
retired before the match begun. In the third round the Spaniard will play
Hyeon Chung who beat another lefty Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a tough 5 hour battle. Providing that he’s 100% Rafa will have
a bit of a challenge with Chung as explained in my “How Rafael Nadal Can Win the US Open”
video. Round 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups
and these are the ones you need to make sure you catch. We’re going to close out the recap by mentioning
a special guest that was in attendance: the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant. Kobe was in the stands supporting both Naomi
Osaka and Taylor Townsend. He also stopped by the ESPN booth to talk
tennis and offer some advice to the young up and comers including Coco Gauff. What are your thoughts of what Kobe said? Are you shocked or surprised by any of the
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