After last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova survived her sluggish start to the tournament earlier on Tuesday, defending champion and former world No.1 Angelique Kerber got dismantled by world No.45 Naomi Osaka in the first round of the US Open, 6-3 6-1 in just 65 minutes.
The 19-year-old Osaka never trailed during her encounter with the sixth-ranked Kerber and recorded her first career victory over a Top 10 player. Calm and collected, yet aggressive, Osaka never dropped serve during the match and was better than Kerber in all aspects of the game, including a much better winners-to-unforced errors differential, +5 compared to Kerber’s -14.
The last previous time a defending US Open champion had lost in the first round was in 2005, when that happened to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Not only is Osaka’s game a joy to watch, but the Japanese’s complexion and hairstyle make every outfit look extra awesome. In this match that featured two players wearing the new Adidas by Pharrell Williams gear, Osaka looked stunning in the Adidas Pharrell NY Tank, navy Adidas Pharrell NY Skirt and complementary Adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 Pharrell Shoes, while Kerber’s exposure of her Colorblock Dress was much shorter than expected.
Our photographer Jimmie48 will post more photos from this match later today, so stay tuned.