Before the opponent scored 106 times in three sets of matches, Halep saved two match-points in the set decision to regain the balance. But when there is match-point, Romanian tennis players can not take advantage. Halep then fell in the tie-break set of three with a score of 4-7.
Townsend won backward in the last two qualifiers for the US Open 2019, then went on to win Kateryna Kozlova after losing the first set in the first round. The match against Halep was the fourth consecutive time Townsend escaped defeat by winning the last two sets.
Halep won easily Townsend after two sets in three head-to-head matches and continued to have an easy start against the American opponent. When the score was 2-2 in the first set, defending champion Wimbledon won four games in a row to win the first set 6-2.
Townsend was not discouraged by his strategy of getting on the net whenever he had the chance. The No. 116 player in the world won two consecutive sets of Halep games and led 3-1. Nobody had a break-point in the rest of the set and Townsend went straight to win 6-3 in this set.
The more Halep played, the less he lost his temper while Townsend became more confident in the decision set. American tennis player up to 64 times in just three and successful 40 times, with a rate of 63%. Halep was pushed into a difficult position when there is no opportunity to develop a knack for fighting hard. The fourth seed loses the game and gets 2-3.
Halep missed three break-points in the next game and was led 4-5. Townsend decided to take the game, leading 40-15 but lost four points and lost the game. Halep led 6-5 and got a match-point in the 12th game, but Townsend scored three points to pull the match into a tie-break series. There, Halep could not take the lead at any time and gave in 4-7.
Townsend overwhelmed Halep in the number of winners (42 compared to 23) but also defeated itself more than the opponent (39 errors compared to 23 errors). In the third round, the 23-year-old will meet another Romanian opponent, Sorana Cirstea.
Halep was eliminated as the biggest surprise on the fourth day of the tournament in the US Open 2019. Also after the second round there were the world number 6 Petra Kvitova, who lost to Andrea Petkovic 4-6, 4-6. Other well-known seeds like Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Kiki Bertens all won tickets to go after two sets of matches.