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Tennis: Defending champion Kerber knocked out in U.S. Open first round

Sports Tuesday 29/August/2017 22:42 PM
By: Times News Service
Tennis: Defending champion Kerber knocked out in U.S. Open first round

New York: Defending champion Angelique Kerber of Germany was knocked out of the U.S. Open in the first round when she lost 6-3, 6-1 to Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka on Tuesday.
The last defending women's champion to lose in the first round at Flushing Meadows was Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.
The 19-year-old Osaka, the 2016 WTA newcomer of the year, was rarely troubled by the sixth-seeded Kerber, who has not won a title since she prevailed here last year.
Osaka broke for 5-3 in the opening set and never looked back to claim her first victory against a top-10 player.