Unseeded players continued to make noise at the US Open on Thursday, with confident performances around the grounds.
It’s been a long time coming for the 23-year-old American. With a classic style—built on a willingness to rush the net and anchored by a tremendous overhead—the left-hander compiled the best performance of her career. After squandering two match points in the third set when serving at 5-4, Townsend was forced to save a match point of her own at 5-6. She held firm, then stunned the Wimbledon champion, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)—after charging forward to net 105 times.
“This means a lot. It’s been a long journey,” Townsend said on-court as she fought back tears. “I was playing not to lose. Today I was playing to win. I said, 'F' it.”
For the Chicago native, it marked her first Top 10 win in 11 tries, and now presents an amazing opportunity for a deep major run.