Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

US Open Day 2 highlights: Federer's roller-coaster, Osaka's breakthrough and more

US Open Day 2 highlights: Federer's roller-coaster, Osaka's breakthrough and more

For the second time this year, Angelique Kerber lost in the first round of a Grand Slam.

Steady rain prompted US Open officials to cancel 55 singles matches and postpone completion of 11 others under way when showers halted play Tuesday on the NY hardcourts.

A total of seven women's first-rounders were completed-four inside Arthur Ashe and three elsewhere on the grounds in the early afternoon before the heavens opened. Osaka played there past year against the American Madison Keys and broke down in tears after she gave up a 5-1 lead in the final set to lose the match.

Osaka meanwhile had the confidence to play through her shots, hitting with venom and precision as she went on to register her first ever win against a top 10 player on her 10th attempt.

The Japanese 19-year-old blasted 22 winners to Kerber's nine, all while committing fewer unforced errors (17 to 23).

"I think because it's a new situation", Kerber said. "Of course it's not the result (I wanted) and I'm sad...." Reflecting on her loss, the German player applauded her opponent for playing well and taking some really good chances. "She can hold serve and she can break serve". "I think serve could be better, but overall, I think it was solid".

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The greatest thud of the day came when the defending women's champion Angelique Kerber fell, 6-3, 6-1, to Naomi Osaka, a 19-year-old who spent part of her childhood on Long Island.

Other than Osaka's elimination of Kerber, the big story from Tuesday at the U.S. Open was rainfall in NY that has caused virtually all of the early matches on the schedule to be delayed.

Osaka went into the match knowing that she would have to play longer and perhaps more points against a retriever and counter-puncher like Kerber than she did against the shot-maker Keys past year. "So to win a match on it felt really special".

" I think it's all in her head, and it is a big adjustment to have that number one bullseye on your back and to continue to play with the fearlessness that it took for her to get there".

Osaka blasted through those nerves with controlled aggression, hammering 10 forehand winners in the second set to Kerber's three. She sealed the deal two points later. He's off to a good start with his first-round win. "She played more fearless tennis". "I tried to tell myself I'm probably not going to get as nervous against Kerber as I did against Venus". Noise, noise, noise, noise!

Since winning his second U.S. Open title in 2013, Nadal has not advanced past the fourth round at this event. Despite those improvements she did say that her elbow has given her some problems at times.

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