Halep, ranked No. 1 in the world, lost to the unseeded but hard-hitting Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4. The current match wins leader on tour (46-8), Halep also led the way for hardcourt wins (28-4) but Kanepi, a quarterfinalist a year ago as a qualifier, claimed her first win over a Top 20 opponent since 2015 Madrid.
It was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now has a retractable roof, and what a way to get things started.
But Kanepi ended a 14-stroke exchange with a cross-court forehand volley victor to break right back, then served out the victory. It happened twice to Martina Hingis and once to Steffi Graf at Wimbledon, once to Angelique Kerber at the French Open, and once to Virginia Ruzici at the Australian Open.
"I didn't play great, but she played really well".
Since professionals were admitted to the Grand Slam tournaments in 1968, only five women who were seeded No. 1 lost their opening match at a major - and never before had it happened at the US Open. She couldn't be more managed to drill 26 winners to Halep's 9 and 28 unforced errors to 9.
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Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Simona Halep of Romania congratulates Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Kanepi's two-set win (6-5, 6-4) on day one of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
"Today I just lost", Halep told reporters.
She fought back from a double break down to 4-4 in the second set but the Estonian broke again before Halep sent a forehand long on match point.
Of the 34 Grand Slam tournaments SHalep has played in, she has gone out in the first round on 12 occasions. "It was a bit annoying for some time, but I got over it".
Halep's exit will surely be viewed favourably by Serena Williams, however, with the American due to meet the top-ranked player in the last-16 after being handed a testing draw.