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

Naomi Osaka

"I felt a little bit nervous walking on this court, especially after past year and the memories I have here", said Pliskova, whose progression to the second round was only briefly halted by the roof on Arthur Ashe stadium being closed.

Talk about an understatement. This was their first career meeting.

Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber hasn't won a title since she won in NY in 2016. She needed to make it to at least the round of 16 to stay in the top 10 but couldn't get close.

"When it was 4-1 today I was thinking, "I really hope I don't do what I did last year" and that let me focus a lot". "But at the end, I know that I'm strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure".

The last defending women's champion to lose in the first round in NY was Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.

Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches.

World No.1 and top seed Karolina Pliskova hit eight aces and 29 winners en route to an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win over world No. 72 Magda Linette in her opening-round match.

In other matches on the women's group, No. 23 seed Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi of Japan, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the second round.

The Ashe programme Tuesday was being completed by USA 15th seed Madison Keys facing Elie Mertens of Belgium.

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The only men's matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2.

A 19-year-old with a Japanese mother and Haitian father, Osaka trains in Florida.

45 in the world, won 6-3, 6-1.

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.

Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the US when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.

Angelique Kerber is gone from the US Open, the first defending champion eliminated in the first round in 12 years.

The next game, Kerber clinched two break points but Osaka hit a backhand victor and a forehand down the line to save both.

"It was not my day", Kerber said afterwards. "Completely not my day".

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