28th August, 2018
It was so unexpected but happened right in front of the bewildered fans in the very first match on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium.
For the first time in the history of the US Open, a world number one lost in the very first round. That needs some sinking in, right?
That was the case as Kaia Kanepi sent World number one Simona Halep packing from the 2018 US Open in the very first round with a 6-2 6-4 bashing. Hardly anyone saw that coming!
What happened to the top seed? Here is what she had to say on the debacle:
“Maybe the noise in the crowd, the city is busy. So everything together. I’m a quiet person, so maybe I like the smaller places.
“But I had some great results here. I’m not complaining.
“I just say that I don’t really feel 100% on my game when I step on the court here.
“Maybe in the future, it’s going to change something, I will change something and it will be better.”
However, this is not the first time Halep is losing an opening match. She lost one at Flushing Meadows last year.
Since the US Open began in 1968, no women’s top seed has ever lost in the opening round of the tournament.