Kerber tumbles out of US Open

by Olga Hunt August 30, 2017, 1:48
Kerber tumbles out of US Open

Osaka, who grew up in NY, broke for 5-3 and sealed the opening set with a sizzling victor down the line under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. But I know that I'm strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. Osaka made it to the third round at Wimbledon this year but has yet to win a WTA title.

She led Madison Keys 5-1 in the deciding set of their third-round clash on Ashe previous year only to lose in a deciding tie-break. "I think she took the chances and she played a very good match".

A year ago at Flushing Meadows in New York, Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in a thrilling final, claiming her second grand slam title of 2016.

The Czech outclassed her 72nd-ranked opponent after the roof on Arthur Ashe was closed just before the second set.

With second seed Simona Halep's loss to Maria Sharapova on Monday night´and seventh-seeded Johanna Konta also falling, three of the top-seven seeds on the women's side were gone by midday Tuesday - with Serena Williams not playing because she is pregnant.

The signs are that it should be a quick afternoon's work for the 31-year-old Spaniard, who dropped just four games in the pair's only other meeting at the 2014 French Open.

Nadal, this year's French Open champion, is 12-0 in first round meetings in NY while Federer is 16-0. Tennis Channel will have a pre-match show starting at 8 a.m. ET each day.

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She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: "I don't know". She secured a 6-3, 6-1 victory that bordered on brilliance, overcoming her 17 unforced errors with 22 winners to the nine hit by Kerber.

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.

The victory over Kerber is Osaka's first over a Top 10 player and, quite easily, the biggest win of her career.

Federer defeated the world number 70 in straight sets in Miami this year but Tiafoe, the son of a Sierra Leone immigrant, illustrated his growing reputation by seeing off world number six Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati.

Heis bidding for a record sixth crown in NY.

Also in action are 2004 champion Kuznetsova, who meets Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic, and French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko, up against Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.

At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.

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