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Naomi Osaka makes a splash at U.S. Open, taking down defending champ Angelique Kerber

Naomi Osaka makes a splash at U.S. Open, taking down defending champ Angelique Kerber

Don’t be fooled by the whispery, little-girl voice that makes Naomi Osaka sound much younger than 19. This young woman is ready to roar, and she made an emphatic statement about her potential when she knocked defending champion Angelique Kerber out of the U.S. Open with a stunning 6-3, 6-1 first-round victory Tuesday under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Emerging from the locker room and seeing the sizable crowd left her “a little bit freaked out,” she said later, but she hid her emotions well. Nor did she falter when she sprinted away from a frustrated Kerber in the second set and her thoughts jumped back to last year, when Osaka held a 5-1 lead over Madison Keys in...

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