US Open, Naomi Osaka decisively shut down defending champion Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 6-1, in just over an hour, making it look disturbingly easy.
At just 19 years old, she has already made a name for herself on tour, having reached the third round in all three of her Grand Slam main-draw debuts last year (Australian Open, French Open and US Open).
“I was really happy because I grew up watching the greatest players play on that court, so to win a match on it felt really special,” Osaka said.
Their games match up in favor of the hard-hitting Osaka, as well, who’s more likely to bash a forehand into the back wall rather than just retrieve a ball into the court.
Kerber was too passive to handle Osaka on what would be a golden day for the teen.
“This court hasn’t really been a fond memory, but now I hope I changed that,” Osaka said right after the match.
Kerber tried to dig in, but continued to remain far too passive, producing just three winners as Osaka kept steamrolling.