Pliskova wins at soggy US Open as Nadal, Federer wait

Esther Moore
August 30, 2017

After the match, Osaka gave an understated fist-bump and a wide smile as she walked to the net.

Pliskova continued on her quick pace, with the match only being slowed when the players were forced to break so the retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium could be closed as a light rain fell. "I played good today and so I hope to carry that on to my next match".

"When we were little, we would come to the U.S. Open every year".

"Obviously before every first-round match, I'm a little bit nervous, but especially in a Grand Slam and especially to defend so many points here from the final past year. You have to schedule your day, plan completely different and it's for sure tougher to stay on top".

There was better news for world number one Karolina Pliskova, who has headed in the opposite direction to Kerber after losing to the German in the final here a year ago.

"So that helped me focus and concentrate, which I needed as Angelique gets everything back".

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.

Osaka, who surrendered a 5-1 final-set lead on the same court in losing to Madison Keys in the third round 12 months ago, fired 22 winners as Kerber went tumbling out of the world's top 10 as well as the tournament.

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In other matches on the women's group, No. 23 seed Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi of Japan, 6-1, 6-3, to reach the second round.

Osaka will face the victor of the match between Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic or Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in the second round.

One man certain to finish under the roof on Tuesday night was Roger Federer, whose capture of the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles in 2017 has taken his Slam count to 19.

Czech 25-year-old Pliskova, the runner-up to Angelique Kerber in 2016, eased past Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 on the back of eight aces and 29 winners.

Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion in NY, starts against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen.

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko downed Spain's Lara Arruaberrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match relocated from Court 17 to Ashe.

"I was so nervous on the last point".

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