Defending women's champ Kerber out in 1st round at US Open

Aug 30, 2017, 01:47
Defending women's champ Kerber out in 1st round at US Open

German tennis player Angelique Kerber is out of the US Open, becoming the first defending champion eliminated in the first round in 12 years.

World number 45 Osaka broke in the first game of the second set when her opponent made a mess of a routine backhand, and she continued to pepper the court with winners to hold for 2-0.

Osaka moves on to play the victor of Rebecca Peterson of Sweden and Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, whose match was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Her match against No9 seed Madison Keys reduced her to tears, though, as she gave up a 5-1 lead in the final set.

The world No. 6 has struggled to recapture her fine form of a year ago, where she lifted two Grand Slam titles, and has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any major this season but this was as brutal an exit as you're likely to ever see.

"It means a lot, I feel, especially since how I ended last year's US Open", said Osaka.

In March, and with Williams off the tour to prepare for the birth of her first child, Kerber went back to the top only to lose it again to Karolina Pliskova after Wimbledon.

Kerber had four break points but failed to convert any as Osaka completed her demolition job to claim her first career victory against a top-10 player.

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"I think it's just the matches and how I played last year from the beginning and how I'm struggling this year".

World number one Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion, starts his campaign for a 16th major against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, the world number 85. Playing in the U.S. Open main draw for a third time, Kenin entered the tournament as a wildcard after winning the U.S. Open Wild Card Challenge.

The 31-year-old Spaniard recovered from 3-5 down in the opening set against the 85th-ranked Lajovic, who has never won a match in NY.

Nadal, this year's French Open champion, is 12-0 in first round meetings in NY while Federer is 16-0.

Federer defeated the world number 70 in straight sets in Miami this year but Tiafoe, the son of a Sierra Leone immigrant, illustrated his growing reputation by seeing off world number six Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati.

Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem, who has never got past the fourth round, faces Australian wildcard Alex de Minaur.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko downed Spain's Lara Arruaberrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match relocated from Court 17 to Ashe.

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