Kerber tumbles out of US Open

Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot from Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday Aug. 29 2017 in New York

Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot from Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday Aug. 29 2017 in New York

Not that Pliskova needed one.

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

"When I was down in the first set, I just tried to be there as he was playing well and controlling the points", said French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing a 16th major.

Pliskova, meanwhile, stayed on course to preserve her status by seeing off Magda Linette of Poland on Tuesday, but the 2016 runner-up has yet to win a major.

Fellow Czech Barbora Strycova also advanced quickly to the second round, as the No. 23 seed cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Misaki Doi of Japan.

Not that it was as plain sailing as the score suggested.

But it was more than enough in what proved to be a comfortable win, where she thumped 28 winners past her opponent.

"But for me it was for sure not the best day and not the best match".

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.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen backs Wallabies as 'great side'
Soon after though, they were sprung, as Aaron Smith snuck through from the base of a scrum to bridge the gap to three points at the half.

A year ago at Flushing Meadows in New York, Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in a thrilling final, claiming her second grand slam title of 2016.

"It's not something I want to think about on the court", said the 25-year-old Czech. Her match against No9 seed Madison Keys reduced her to tears, though, as she gave up a 5-1 lead in the final set.

The Japanese-American is a fearless ball-striker and Kerber had no answer, netting a final forehand to succumb meekly after just 65 minutes.

For 19-year-old Osaka, ranked 45, this was the first victory over a top-10 player in her career and a cathartic experience.

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 a year ago.

With second seed Simona Halep's loss to Maria Sharapova on Monday night´and seventh-seeded Johanna Konta also falling, three of the top-seven seeds on the women's side were gone by midday Tuesday - with Serena Williams not playing because she is pregnant.

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

"I'm still the same player and the same person", said Kerber in a post-match news conference following her defeat to Osaka.

All those concerned will be very pleased that they were scheduled for an 11am start.

Recommended News

  • Two lawsuits filed challenging Trump's transgender military ban

    Two lawsuits filed challenging Trump's transgender military ban

    The ACLU lawsuit says the ban violates the fifth amendment rights of transgender individuals serving in the military. The ban reversed an Obama administration decision to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.
    Artful Dananjaya earns India's respect with Pallekele spin

    Artful Dananjaya earns India's respect with Pallekele spin

    Dhoni had signaled his arrival in April, 2005, with a whirlwind 148 against Pakistan batting at No. 3 in Visakhapatnam. However, they were slow to get off the blokes and lost their opening encounters to the West Indies and Sri Lanka .
    Iraq captures two districts from ISIL

    Iraq captures two districts from ISIL

    Meanwhile, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said the campaign against the militant group in Tal Afar would end soon. Tal Afar is about 150 kilometers, or 93 miles, from Syria's border and it's among the last IS-held towns in Iraq.
  • McGregor more than a handful concedes Mayweather

    McGregor more than a handful concedes Mayweather

    He used to work, work, work and because there was nobody out there to motivate him to go to the gym, he said: 'I'm packing it in'. McGregor was trailing badly on all three ringside scorecards through the ninth round, with scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 87-83.
    Arsenal contract rebel 'unlikely' to sign new contract amid Chelsea & Liverpool interest

    Arsenal contract rebel 'unlikely' to sign new contract amid Chelsea & Liverpool interest

    The Daily Express understands that Oxlade Chamberlain has told Arsene Wenger of his desire to leave Arsenal this week. Personally I want him to commit to the club and be one of the carriers of the values of our team.
    Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) - KeyBanc Maintains Rating And Updates Price Target

    Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) - KeyBanc Maintains Rating And Updates Price Target

    Finally, Cypress Capital Group acquired a new stake in shares of Ulta Beauty during the second quarter worth $218,000. The specialty retailer reported $1.83 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.78 by $0.05.
  • Doklam standoff to end amicably; India, China to withdraw troops, says MEA

    Doklam standoff to end amicably; India, China to withdraw troops, says MEA

    India had refused to withdraw its soldiers unless there was a simultaneous withdrawal from the Chinese side as well. The statement said here today that the disengagement "has been agreed to and is ongoing".
    'Hitman's Bodyguard' Repeats at No. 1 With Weak $10 Million

    'Hitman's Bodyguard' Repeats at No. 1 With Weak $10 Million

    The only other newcomer beside Leap! in the top-10 is OTL's Birth of the Dragon , which grossed $2.5 million in eighth place. The biggest factor that caused the halt is because an already slow August witnessed no major new releases last weekend.
    United States  far-right group relinquishes permit for Saturday rally in San Francisco

    United States far-right group relinquishes permit for Saturday rally in San Francisco

    Concerned about possible violence, city officials have urged residents to stay away from other gatherings on Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of protesters gathered at San Francisco's Alamo Park to denounce white supremacy on August 26, 2017.
  • Michigan Wolverines Debut First Ever All-Maize Jordan Uniforms

    Michigan Wolverines Debut First Ever All-Maize Jordan Uniforms

    The season opener between the Wolverines and Gators is schedule for this Saturday, September 2nd at 3:30pm ET. MI will look a lot different when it takes the field for its season opener vs.
    Washington Has 'Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal

    Washington Has 'Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal

    In her official statement following her meeting with Amano on Wednesday, Haley did not mention "military sites" specifically. Hayley said that she is trying to improve upon the nuclear deal by stopping Iran from launching ballistic missiles .

    Federer and Nadal in same half of draw at Flushing Meadows

    It contributed to his loss against Juan Martin del Potro , who then went on to craft a sensational upset of Federer in the final . He's been battling a strained abductor muscle (it caused him to pull out of Cincinnati), but he's a former champion .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.