NEW YORK, Sporting Alert — U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1 results and recaps on Tuesday, as defending champion Angelique Kerber suffered a shocking early exit.
No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic breezed into the second round on day two with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Poland’s Magda Linette as the rain started at Flushing Meadows.
Pliskova, who finished as the runner-up here last year, outclassed her opponent to move on to face either Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg or American qualifier Nicole Gibbs.
The Czech Republic star has won nine career singles titles, but is still searching for her first Grand Slam crown.
It wasn’t the same kind of celebration, however, for reigning champion Kerber, whose miserable season continued with an early round departure.
The sixth-seeded German suffered a shocking 6-3, 6-1 defeat in the first round against Naomi Osaka of Japan who warned that she is ready to make a big run in the tournament.
“When we were little, we would come to the U.S. Open every year. And even to practice, sometimes I would play here,” Osaka said.
“So the site feels really familiar to me… It’s nostalgic every time I come here, so I’m always really happy to play here.”
In other U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1 results, No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena Vecino, 6-2 1-6 6-1, whole American No. 15 Madison Keys advanced to the second round with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over Elise Mertens of Belgium.
The U.S. Open runs from August 28 to September 10.
Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 1
1-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Magda Linette (Poland) 6-2 6-1
Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat 6-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-3 6-1
Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat 28-Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-3 6-1
12-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Lara Arruabarrena Vecino (Spain) 6-2 1-6 6-1
15-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Elise Mertens (Belgium) 6-3 7-6(6)
23-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Misaki Doi (Japan) 6-1 6-3
Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Lesley Kerkhove (Netherlands) 6-1 6-3