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US Open 2017: Defending champion Angelique Kerber upset by Naomi Osaka

30 August, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Glenda Knight
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The German sixth seed was overpowered by the 19-year-old world number 45, who won 6-3 6-1 under the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows.

But perhaps it wasn't too surprising after Kerber played so poorly following her breakthrough 2016, when she also won the Australian Open and lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final before ascending to No. 1 with her victory here. This time, she would not make the same mistake, in a devastating display of aggressive baseline tennis.

The women's US Open defending singles champ is out. "I got the break back and after that, everything changed".

Today, in a tight opening sequence of six consecutive service holds, the first indication of Osaka's peak came when the Japanese player fended off the first break point she saved with a long rally that she finished with a brilliant backhand victor. 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.

"Maybe off the court, obviously I would like to stay there as long as I can, but not to push it and I don't want to stress myself because of this and then play".

After the match, Osaka gave an understated fist-bump and a wide smile as she walked to the net. I know that I will not be giving up like this.

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Osaka not only upset Kerber, but she dominated the defending champion at this event.

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

"So the site feels really familiar to me".

The only other matches completed were No23 seed Barbora Strycova's win over Misaki Doi, Yanina Wickmayer's win over No28 seed Lesia Tsurenko, and Sorana Cirstea's win over Lesley Kerkhove. "That really made me focus more".

And unlike past year, she did not take her foot off the pedal, pressing Kerber for one final break and a 6-1 victory-65 minutes in total.

This year, she fell in the first round of the French Open, the first time that had ever happened to the women's No. 1 seed in that tournament. It was a little bit hard, but I think I made it pretty okay today. "I think the serve could be better, but overall, I think it was solid".



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