Kerber fails in the first round of the US Open - Sport
The German top player Angelique Kerber has failed at the US Open in New York already in the first round. The 31-year-old, who won the title in Flushing Meadows in 2016, lost to Frenchman Kristina Mladenovic on Monday with 5: 7, 6: 0, 4: 6. After the second-round defeat as defending champion at Wimbledon, it was the second bitter Grand Slam disappointment within 53 days and the third defeat in series.
The three-time major winner had a great deal of trouble with the varied game Mladenovics. In the second set, the former top 10 player Mladenovic but after, among other things affected by back problems, and lost this smooth. But Kerber could not take advantage of the momentum, Mladenovic bit back in the third round back into the game and added the Kieler in the sixth duel the second defeat.
Kerber, currently number 14 in the world, was in New York as the first German player in action. Overall, the last major tournament of the year from the German perspective, five women and six men at the start.