The exits of the Williams sisters, defending champion Serena and her elder sister Venus, in the second round was the big story on Wednesday.
Townsend, 18 and playing in her first grand slam singles, was asked how it felt to win on the same court where hours earlier Serena had lost.
"Serena lost? She did? Oh, oops. Whoa," the world number 205 exclaimed.
'Seriously, you didn't know?' she was asked.
"No, I thought she won. I saw (6-)2 and (6-)2. I was like 'Oh, that was fast'," added Townsend.
"Wow. Anyways ... Um, wow, that was interesting."
Townsend wrote her own headlines by beating 20th seed Alize Cornet of France 6-4 4-6 6-4 to reach the third round.
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