US Open counts second big upset with Naomi Osaka bouncing Angelique Kerber

US Open counts second big upset with Naomi Osaka bouncing Angelique Kerber

As players ran for cover off the outside courts, Osaka's big-hitting game and love of the big occasion thrived under the roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. "But at the end, I know that I'm strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure".

The next game, Kerber clinched two break points but Osaka hit a backhand victor and a forehand down the line to save both. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn't won any title of any sort this season.

The left-hander fell to 25-18 with no titles in 2017 after she was No. 1 previous year.

"I just really didn't want to play a long point on the last one, so I was really glad when she made an error".

It would, of course, always be a challenge to replicate a breakthrough year like 2016, during which the German won her first two Majors and reached the final of a third, but this year, she arrived in NY without any title to her name, and only one final run in Monterrey.

Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, "This year is a completely different year".

Kerber is the third top seed to go out in the first round after number two Simona Halep and seventh-seeded Johanna Konta lost on Monday. Who will win the US Open titles this year?

"I'm still the same player and the same person", she said.

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"Moving forward, I feel like I know that I can play with the top players now, so I don't have to be as nervous as I was today", she said in a warning to her next opponent, Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson or Czech Denisa Allertova.

Osaka will now have a chance to build upon the success and motivation she's achieved with this upset of the defending US Open champion.

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.

Top seed Karolina Pliskovastarted off her tournament with a win, dispatching Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 on a day when rain interrupted play.

Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion in NY, starts against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen.

The Latvian won 12 of the last 14 points to seal the deal in a tie suspended at 3-1 in the final set five hours earlier.

Her win over sixth-seeded Kerber, ranked No. 6 in the world, is Osaka's first top-10 win of her career.

At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.

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