Daria Snigur dedicates shock win over Simona Halep in grand slam debut to Ukraine

Snigur, ranked No. 124 on this planet and qualifier for the US Open, beat seventh seed Halep within the first spherical in three units 6-2 0-6 6-4 on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Afterwards, because the feelings appeared to meet up with her, she had a message for her compatriots again dwelling.

“This is a victory for Ukraine, for all Ukrainian people, for my family, for my team,” she mentioned on court docket post-match.

“The situation is bad, of course. I try to do the best for Ukraine, I try to support my country.

“It isn’t really easy as a result of the battle is continuous. Typically, it is unattainable to play however I attempt to do my greatest as a result of I wish to stay in Ukraine.”

Despite being drawn onto the second biggest court for her grand slam debut against arguably tennis’ hottest player at the moment, Snigur never looked daunted, facing a top-10 opponent for the first time in her career.

Playing in only her third WTA-level match, she raced into a one-set lead to calm any nerves, dominating Halep throughout with her unorthodox style.

However, two-time grand slam winner Halep showed her experience by winning the second set in just 24 minutes and setting up a decisive final frame.

But, showing resolve that belied her experience, Snigur wasn’t thrown off course. The 20-year-old raced into a 5-1 lead, just a game from victory, when Halep began fighting back.

The Romanian narrowed the score to 5-4, but as Snigur served for the match, Halep’s backhand could only find the net wrapping up a memorable victory.

Snigur hits a forehand against Halep.

As the belief settled in that she’d claimed her first tour-level win, her arms reached for her face in shock and the tears started to circulation.

“I am very blissful. I am very, very, very nervous,” Snigur, who was the 2019 junior Wimbledon champion, said. “However I attempted to do my greatest.”

Final week, Snigur performed within the “Tennis Performs for Peace” occasion for Ukraine reduction between her qualification rounds for the US Open. The occasion raised $1.2 million, in line with the USA Tennis Affiliation.

Snigur is one in every of 5 Ukrainians on this 12 months’s draw.