“Go for it, you have nothing to lose”
Those were words of Taylor Townsend after her incredible 2-6 6-3 7-6 win over Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.
The 23 year old American was denied a wildcard this year into Flushing Meadows and had to come through qualifying from a set down twice and is now into the third round for the first time.
Taylor has had to fight a lot in her career. In 2012 at the age of just 16 the American was asked by the USTA to sit out the junior tournament because of her weight and was subsequently denied a wildcard into qualifying or the main draw which she was given the year before.
Patrick McEnroe at the time said the USTA’s ‘concern was her longterm health’ but this came under criticism by Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova.
Anyway to the tennis.
Serve and volley, welcome back!
What a performance.
I’m a big fan of Simona Halep but I couldn’t help but say ‘too good.’ The performance was committed and effective.
A performance like this doesn’t come around often but when it does it’s about appreciation of the game of course but also what couldn’t be done.
Halep couldn’t get to terms with it. The serve came in and Taylor followed. I like the chase of someone being at the net but the problem is getting stuck in two minds. If the seed of doubt gets planted once then it can become a big problem.
The numbers from Taylor were;
64/106 net points won
97 points won
64 of her 97 points won were won at the net. That’s just incredible and something we never see!
Not only was she brutal at the net but Taylor also got in Halep’s mind on the serve and at big moments we saw some inviting serves and double faults come off the racket of the Romanian.
It’s a weird one because it is an upset and Taylor deserves credit for coming from a set down for the fourth time in her five matches so far at Flushing Meadows but Halep losing isn’t a shock to me.
I have felt the intensity has been down and I had that feeling in Cincinnati, it seemed maybe too chilled and when we go back to two Roland Garros finals, one Australian Open final, one French Open title and of course Wimbledon title lately the intensity has been flawless from round one.
Either way, credit to Taylor Townsend! That was incredible!