(CNN)Simona Halep might have just won Wimbledon, but the Romanian’s struggles continue at the US Open after she was upset by a net-rushing American qualifier, Taylor Townsend.
After two consecutive first-round exits in New York, this time Halep fell in the second-round and after holding a match point, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(4), in front of a captivated audience on the main Arthur Ashe Stadium.Taylor Townsend reacts after upsetting Simona Halep at the US Open Thursday. Halep saved a pair of match points herself on Townsend’s serve at 5-4 in the third but instead of cruising to victory was pegged back in the seesaw tiebreak that ultimately went the way of the world No. 116. Visit our tennis page for more news and videosHalep will be ruing the match point she missed, too, a makeable forehand return as her foe served and volleyed. Read MoreBut then again, the pressure exerted by the lefty couldn’t have been anything Halep had seen for a long time — if ever. How it was all so different for Halep at Wimbledon, when she put in a virtuoso performance against Serena Williams in the final. Flawless Simona Halep beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon Townsend incredibly approached the net 105 times against one of the game’s top counterpunchers, and even though her percentage of points won — 60 — wasn’t overly high, the 23-year-old ultimately won the most important ones and never let Halep settle into a groove on the baseline. Tears of joyTownsend was in tears after collecting her first top-10 win, having been so close at Wimbledon when she held a match point on Kiki Bertens. “This means a lot,” Townsend told the crowd. “It’s been a long journey. “I’ve had close matches this year and wasn’t able to get over the hump. This match gives me so much confidence to know I can do it.”The former junior No. 1 — who reached a high of 61 in the pro ranks last year — was almost knocked out in qualifying. She trailed Nina Stojanovic in the final round of qualifying by a set and 5-1 in a second-set tiebreak.Tiebreaks have been a charm, then. Novak Djokovic pushes past shoulder pain to advance to US Open 3rd roundTownsend’s third-round showing at the US Open matches her best ever at a major, also making the third round — at her first major at the 2014 French Open. Follow @cnnsport She will meet another Romanian next in unseeded Sorana Cirstea.