The 124th-ranked U.S. Open qualifier Snigger beat No. 7 seed Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 in three sets in the first round at Louis Armstrong Stadium. rice field.
Then, when emotions seemed to catch on, she messaged her compatriots back home.
“This is a victory for Ukraine, for all Ukrainians, for my family and for my team,” she said on court after the game.
“Of course, the situation is bad. I try to do my best for Ukraine and try to help my country.”
“It’s not easy because the war is going on. Sometimes I can’t play, but I want to live in Ukraine, so I’m doing my best.”
Despite being drawn to the second-largest court in her Grand Slam debut against arguably the hottest player in tennis at the moment, Snigur faced a top 10 opponent for the first time in her career. , never seemed to flinch.
Having only played in her third WTA-level match, she overwhelmed Halep with her unconventional style, battling for a one-set lead to calm her nerves.
But the two-time Grand Slam winner Halep showed her experience by winning the second set in just 24 minutes to set up the decisive final frame.
But showing a determination that defies her experience, Snigur did not stray from the course. When Halep started fighting back, the 20-year-old took her 5-1 lead and was just one game away from winning.
The Romanian narrowed the score to 5-4, but Sniggle served the match and could only score a memorable victory with Halep’s backhand in the net.
When the realization subsided that she had claimed her first tour-level victory, her hands reached her face in shock and tears began to flow.
2019 junior Wimbledon champion Snigger said: “I’m very happy. I’m very, very, very nervous.” “But I tried to do my best.”
Snigur is one of five Ukrainians who participated in this year’s draw.