The 20-year-old Snigur surprised No. 7 seed Simona Halep 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 within the first spherical of the US Open, then struggled by way of tears to clarify what the victory meant to her household and her nation throughout its conflict with Russia.
Snigur wore a pin within the colours of Ukraine’s flag on her chest and put her palms round it after the ultimate level.
Snigur took half final week within the “Tennis Performs for Peace” exhibition in Louis Armstrong Stadium to boost cash to assist Ukraine, and he or she stated that may have helped her nerves when she returned to the identical courtroom Monday.
Halep had received 19 of her previous 22 matches and lately returned to the highest 10, however the two-time Grand Slam champion has struggled on the US Open all through her profession.
In the meantime, No. 12-ranked Gauff cruised previous Leolia Jeanjean 6-2, 6-3. Guaff had misplaced every of her earlier three appearances on Arthur Ashe, together with doubles.
Third-seeded Maria Sakkari and No. 17 Caroline Garcia had been among the many different early winners on the ladies’s aspect, with Sakkari overcoming Wimbledon semifinalist Tatjana Maria in three units.
The Related Press contributed to this story.