Defending US Open champ Kerber humbled by Osaka in first round

Angie Kerber loses opener to Naomi Osaka

It's the second time the defending US Open women's champion has lost in the first round the following year.

"He talks to me a lot about positivity because I tend to be really negative on myself and to the point where I don't really know what I'm doing anymore", Osaka said of Taylor.

A potentially great player in the future-if not the present-took the court at the beginning of the night session and Madison Keys treated the American fans to a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Elise Mertens.

In another indication of the vagaries of the world number one pursuit, second-ranked Simona Halep could take spot even though she was knocked out of the tournament by Sharapova in Monday's first round. And in the last match of the day, 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe, whose parents are immigrants from Sierra Leone, put a scare in Roger Federer before losing to the No. 3 seed in an epic five sets (4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4).

The Czech world number one eased past Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1.

"I really had to concentrate to play (Kerber) because she's really good and she gets (to) everything", Osaka told ESPN on court after the win.

Osaka broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set, then seized control when she broke twice in the second set to open a 4-1 cushion. "That's the big difference between now and this time past year". Yet, more so once her opponent's forehand fell at the net.

She's already considered the next big star for Japanese tennis, and she's steadily making her way to the top with her results. Astoundingly, Osaka was able to maintain a stellar 22-17 winner-to-unforced-error differential-astonishing considering her high-risk style of play-while Kerber ended with just nine winners and 23 unforced errors.

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

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Avoiding the word "pressure", Kerber mulled her lost season after the defeat, saying, "I had much less matches [than] a year ago". In US Open I'm wearing boots and jacket for dinner!

Pliskova has already had her most successful season as a professional with three singles titles. "And when I go to Japan people are confused".

Osaka was born in Japan, but raised in the United States.

Watch the 2016 US Open live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player! I know how good I practice the last few weeks, but sometimes we have these days, and at the end, this is sport. "It's like nostalgic every time I come here". She won 12 of the 14 points played under the roof.

She went out of the box in big matches that she won past year; she took more chances.

Osaka said playing against Williams at Wimbledon helped her against Kerber.

"Happy that I'm through", said Pliskova. You have to get used to everything. When the moderator of a postmatch news conference turned it over to the Japanese media previous year, Osaka, who is not fluent in Japanese, begged off.

Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys came through their openers at the US Open as Angelique Kerber crashed out on a rainy day in NY.

Davenport d. Clijsters, 6-3, 7-6 (6). Growing up at Long Island in NY, she said the stadium was not new to her. "It was quite tough when she first came on tour because she was shy and she was reluctant to speak Japanese".

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