DEFENDING CHAMP KERBER STUNNED BY JAPAN’S OSAKA
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.