Defending US Open champion Angelique Kerber upset in first round

Naomi Osaka knocks out defending champion Angelique Kerber in first round of US Open

Kerber achieved the world No. 1 ranking in September of 2016, but has struggled to maintain that level of momentum.

Kerber's misfortune continued when she ran into 19-year-old rising star and developing buzzsaw Naomi Osaka in the first round at the US Open. This was their first career meeting.

The last time a defending champion lost in the opening round was 12 years ago, when Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to Ekaterina Bychkova but this result was no real surprise given the German's dramatic loss of form.

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The world No. 6 has struggled to recapture her fine form of previous year, where she lifted two Grand Slam titles, and has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any major this season but this was as brutal an exit as you're likely to ever see.

It was a brutal display of power tennis from Osaka, who struck 22 winners and took just 65 minutes to complete the upset - but there had been question marks over her fitness coming into Flushing Meadows. In addition, she is now assured of dropping out of the top 10. This is just her second main-draw appearance at the U.S. Open, though she has found success early on at Grand Slams - she owns a 6-1 record in the first round at a major. No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Sharapova on Monday while Johanna Konta was bounced by Aleksandra Krunic. Osaka advanced to a second-round match against either Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden. Osaka made it to the third round at Wimbledon this year but has yet to win a WTA title. "I played good today and so I hope to carry that on to my next match".

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