DE­FEND­ING CHAMP KER­BER STUNNED BY JA­PAN’S OSAKA

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An­gelique Ker­ber be­came the sec­ond women’s de­fend­ing cham­pion to lose in the US Open irst round when she was crushed 6 3 6 1 by 19-year-old Ja­panese Naomi Osaka on Tues­day.

The Ger­man sixth seed, who has not won a ti­tle since win­ning at Flush­ing Mead­ows last year, never got into the match against the 2016 WTA new­comer of the year. The last de­fend­ing women’s cham­pion to lose in the irst round in New York was Rus­sian Svet­lana Kuznetsova in 2005.

“I was al­ways be­liev­ing un­til the end that I could turn around the match, be­cause I turn around a lot of matches,” Ker­ber told a news con­fer­ence.

“She played good, es­pe­cially also at the end of the match. I’m al­ways try­ing to go for it when I had the chance.”

Ker­ber, how­ever, barely got that chance as Osaka put her on the back foot with her ag­gres­sive play.

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