U.S. Open counts second big upset, with Naomi Osaka bouncing defending champion Angelique Kerber – Orange County Register


NEW YORK – Not yet two full days into the U.S. Open, Arthur Ashe Stadium has already played host to a pair of major upsets.

Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka knocked out defending champion Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-1, under a closed roof on the tournament’s main stage Tuesday afternoon, less than 16 hours after the second-seed Simona Halep lost to Maria Sharapova on the same court. Osaka advanced to a second-round match against either Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.

A 19-year-old with a Japanese mother and Haitian father, Osaka trains in Florida. 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. Osaka made it to the third round at Wimbledon this year but has yet to win a WTA title.

Her win over sixth-seeded Kerber, ranked No. 6 in the world, is Osaka’s first top-10 win of her career.

After the match, Osaka…

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