Kerber ousts local favorite Osaka at Pan-Pacific Open

Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Naomi Osaka of Japan tosses a ball to serve to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Angelique Kerber of Germany reacts after her win over Naomi Osaka of Japan during their first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO — Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany got a measure of revenge for a U.S. Open loss by beating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Pan-Pacific Open.

Last month, Kerber was knocked out of the U.S. Open by the Japanese teenager in straight sets.

"It's always tough to play against her," Kerber said. "I was trying to come out here and really focus on every single point and make it better than last time. ... She's a great player and a tough opponent. For sure she will have great success in the future."

Osaka lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the final of last year's tournament

Kerber will play either Madison Brengle or Daria Kasatkina in the next round.

Also, wild card Kurumi Nara of Japan overcame a slow start to oust Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, while China's Wang Qiang beat Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-0, 6-0.

Meanwhile, organizers announced that Agnieszka Radwanska, a two-time tournament champion, has pulled out due to a virus. The 11th-ranked Pole was seeded sixth.

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