US Open 2017: Naomi Osaka arrives with win over Angelique Kerber

Venus Williams of the US plays against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia

Angelique Kerber left the U.S. Open past year on top of women's tennis, with a second Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking.

"She just goes for it", added Kerber.

Sixth seed Kerber was defeated 6-3, 6-1 by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, becoming the first defending champion in NY to exit in the opening round since Svetlana Kuznetsova suffered a similar fate in 2005.

In the day's other matches, Czech 23rd seed Barbora Strycova dispatched Misaki Doi 6-1 6-3, Yanina Wickmayer upset 28th-ranked Lesya Tsurenko 6-3 6-1, and Sorana Cirstea from Romania beat Lesley Kerkhove 6-1 6-3.

The German, seeded sixth, lost 6-3, 6-1 as Osaka produced an electrifying performance to record her first victory over a top ten ranked player and underline her huge potential.

The last defending women's champion to lose in the first round in NY was Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.

Kerber had four break points but failed to convert any as Osaka completed her demolition job to claim her first career victory against a top-10 player. She also exited the French Open at the first hurdle and has not made a slam quarterfinal in 2017.

She said she had been practicing well and was confident, despite some minor nagging injuries that bothered her throughout the season.

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"I'm still the same player and the same person", she said.

Only those matches scheduled for Arthur Ashe Stadium?were still planned for Tuesday. But it was in the following game that Osaka began to play some special tennis.

"It means a lot, I feel, especially since how I ended last year's US Open", said Osaka.

The left-hander fell to 25-18 with no titles in 2017. In addition, she is now assured of dropping out of the top 10.

With No. 2 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 the mid-day Tuesday - with Williams not playing because she's pregnant.

She led Madison Keys 5-1 in the deciding set of their third-round clash on Ashe previous year only to lose in a deciding tie-break.

The Japanese-American is a fearless ball-striker and Kerber had no answer, netting a final forehand to succumb meekly after just 65 minutes.

World number 45 Osaka broke in the first game of the second set when her opponent made a mess of a routine backhand, and she continued to pepper the court with winners to hold for 2-0.

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