In another bizarre day at the United States Open, second seed Simona Halep fell in straight sets to an inspired Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Halep’s aspirations of usurping the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams came crashing down on Friday afternoon when she lost to Lucic-Baroni 7-6, 6-2. The Corat hit 3 aces and 31 winners en route to the 1 hour and 34 minute win.
“I mean, it’s amazing. I finally been able to play the tennis that I love the way I love to play. You know, being really aggressive and consistent at the same time. Yeah, I mean, I keep playing better and better each round. Today was against one of the best players in the world. She’s amazing. I expected a really tough match. I didn’t think about anything except following the tactics and playing the way I was supposed to play. I was able to do that; it’s incredible.”
It was a surprising result considering Halep had a 5-2 lead in the opening set before losing to Lucic-Baroni in a tiebreaker. The wheels came off soon after and she lost the second set 6-2.
“She played really well today. I mean, after I had 5-2 and the two set points, she came back really well and she started to hit every ball. Everything was in for her. It wasn’t my best day, but still I did everything I could on court. She was better than me today, so I have to just to keep working every day hard and to look forward for the next one.”