Osaka stuns defending champion Kerber

Osaka stuns defending champion Kerber

However, 2017 has proven a hugely disappointing year for the German.

Playing in the U.S. Open main draw for a third time, Kenin entered the tournament as a wildcard after winning the U.S. Open Wild Card Challenge.

"I felt a little bit nervous walking on this court, especially after a year ago 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 as rain swept the Flushing Meadows site.

Players have returned to the locker room. But it was in the following game that Osaka began to play some special tennis.

Ashe has a retractable roof, so No. 1 Karolina Pliskova was able to finish her first-round victory after it was closed between sets.

In losing to the world number 45, Kerber becomes the first defending champion to be eliminated in the first round at Flushing Meadows in 12 years.

Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday afternoon. The 2017 U.S. Open will be without Serena Williams, who remains sidelined due to her pregnancy, and several top men's players-Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic-are skipping the event due to injury.

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.

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Only those matches scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium?were still planned for Tuesday.

The fourth-seeded Ukrainian won the first set 6-0 against Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic in less than a half-hour.

Svitolina then won the first game of the second set before Siniakova finally got on the board.

"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.

World number one Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion, starts his campaign for a 16th major against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, the world number 85.

So she was favoured to beat the No72-ranked Polish woman, Magda Linette, as she had four times in their previous five matches.

Defending women's champion Angelique Kerber of Germany and 2009 men's champion Juan Martin del Potro are also on the schedule, with rain in the forecast for later in the day.

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