US Open diary: Angelique Kerber falls early

Naomi Osaka

Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Kerber 6-3, 6-1 to make her the first defending champ to be eliminated in the opening round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.

Osaka credited Taylor with making her believe after her 6-3 6-1 centre-court rout.

She said: "I played not so well like last year and I had much less matches last year".

- French Open champion Ostapenko leads 6-2 1-6 3-1 against Spaniard Arruabarrena and the match could be completed on the centre court in the evening session. I just tried to focus on what I could do to win the match. "I have not been really lucky with the weather for last two tournaments, Toronto and Cincinnati", Pliskova said with a laugh.

"It's a new situation", Kerber said of the position she found herself in early this year.

She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: "I don't know".

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. She's a really good, talented player.

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World number one Karolina Pliskova has headed in the opposite direction to Kerber after losing to the German in the final here a year ago and she eased into round two. "But at the end, you know, I'm always trying the best with all the things I have".

"If I were to say everything he helped me with, it would take a lot of time". The win against Kerber wasn't the first time Osaka has threatened a top quality player. It was a little bit hard, but I think I made it pretty okay today.

But Osaka, whose magnetic on-court persona is good news for the women's game, had to bury a few demons as she reached the pointy end of the contest against Kerber. "I think my serve could be better, but overall, I think it was solid". She will donate 200 dollars for each ace she serves in the tournament to a Czech hospital.

A US Open statement said weather forecasts predicted "continuous rain throughout the remainder of the day", prompting the wipeouts of outer court matches.

Also on the upset tip was Belgian Yanina Wickmayer who rolled No. 28 seed Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 6-1. Keys has made the round of 16 each of the last two years. "But I think it's also really fun". Rafael Nadal complained that he could not even hear the ball during his win over Dusan Lajovic on Tuesday afternoon. Keys agreed: "Truly it was the loudest court I've ever played on in my life".

The rest was the noise beneath Arthur Ashe Stadium's roof. You have to get used to everything. "But then it kind of just seemed - like if it became silent all of a sudden, it probably would have felt really weird".

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