Defending Champion Kerber Eliminated From US Open

Defending Champion Kerber Eliminated From US Open

Defending Champion Kerber Eliminated From US Open

Naomi Osaka will move on in a draw that wouldn't have her face another ranked player until the fourth round of the 2017 US Open.

Kerber and Osaka had the stage to themselves after play was suspended on all courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium, which has a retractable roof. "I played good today and so I hope to carry that on to my next match".

The last defending women's champion to lose in the first round in NY was Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.

The last time a defending champion lost in the opening round was 12 years ago, when Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Ekaterina Bychkova but this result was no real surprise given the German's dramatic loss of form. She also struck, by her standards, a modest eight aces, and that meant that her new #AceQueen charity initiative for a Prague hospital was $1,600 better off by the end of the match.

There was better news for world number one Karolina Pliskova, who has headed in the opposite direction to Kerber after losing to the German in the final here previous year.

She leaves this year after one match, unsure of exactly what went wrong during a season-long slump. "But for me it was for sure not the best day and not the best match", said Kerber. Between world No. 2 Simona Halep falling to Maria Sharapova and Top 10 phenom Johanna Konta being upset by Aleksandra Krunic, the first round alone has been special.

The 19-year-old Osaka hit 22 winners and committed 17 unforced errors on her way to her first win against a Top 10 player in just 65 minutes.

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Osaka will face the victor of the match between Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in the second round.

Heis bidding for a record sixth crown in NY.

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.

World number one Karolina Pliskova, bidding to back up her lofty status with a maiden first Grand Slam title, was able to make a winning start, courtesy also of playing under the roof on Ashe.

"I was so nervous on the last point".

Also in action are 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who meets Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, and French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, up against Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.

The Ashe programme Tuesday was being completed by United States 15th seed Madison Keys facing Elie Mertens of Belgium.

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