Naomi Osaka knocks out defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber

John Isner blasted 22 aces in eliminating France’s Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3

John Isner blasted 22 aces in eliminating France’s Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka sent defending champion Angelique Kerber crashing out of the US Open first round on Tuesday (Aug 29), bringing a rare bright spot to a rain-lashed day at Flushing Meadows.

"She just goes for it", added Kerber.

"I'm still the same player and the same person, so I think it's just - yeah, I think it's just the matches and how I played last year from the beginning and how I'm struggling this year", Kerber said.

"I felt the same type of nerves come up, 4-1 in this match, so I wanted to tell myself just to keep playing how I was playing and not let the nerves get over me as much as last year", the 19-year-old Osaka said.

Pliskova, who reached the final here past year, broke twice in the opening set to take a commanding lead with a fine backhand passing shot as Linette struggled on serve.

"I know that I will not be giving up like this".

"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.

"When I stepped on the court and I heard all the people and I saw how big the stadium was, I got a little bit freaked out, but I tried to hold it in".

As for Osaka, she notched the biggest win of her career on Tuesday, playing clean tennis which resulted in 22 winners to 17 unforced errors and breaking on four of her six chances while saving all four break points she faced. "That really made me focus more".

The world No 46 will face either Sweden's Rebecca Peterson or Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic for a place in the last 32.

Last year's runner-up and current world number one Karolina Pliskova had no trouble in her opener, as she began play on Ashe on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Poland's Magda Linette. Linette worked 10 break points but could only convert one of them. "For sure, it was not the best day and not the best match for me".

The game could be better.

Pliskova will next play either Veronica Cepede Royg or Nicole Gibbs, though by 3.30pm, the tournament had already taken the decision to cancel all remaining matches except those under the Arthur Ashe roof: The rain was here to stay.

The only other matches completed were No23 seed Barbora Strycova's win over Misaki Doi, Yanina Wickmayer's win over No28 seed Lesia Tsurenko, and Sorana Cirstea's win over Lesley Kerkhove.

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