Pliskova will next play either Veronica Cepede Royg or Nicole Gibbs, though by 3.30pm, the tournament had already taken the decision to cancel all remaining matches except those under the Arthur Ashe roof: The rain was here to stay. "I was practicing good", she added.
Nadal is a two-time victor of the U.S. Open, while Pliskova reached the final previous year.
"Obviously before every first-round match, I'm a little bit nervous, but especially in a Grand Slam and especially to defend so many points here from the final a year ago". But I tried my best, and at the end, it was completely not my day.
The World No.45 had retired from her last match in the third round of Toronto with an abdominal injury - still, she had served notice of her form even then by taking World No.1 Karolina Pliskova to a deciding set.
She leaves this year after one match, unsure of exactly what went wrong during a season-long slump.
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. Between world No. 2 Simona Halep falling to Maria Sharapova and Top 10 phenom Johanna Konta being upset by Aleksandra Krunic, the first round alone has been special.
Osaka, who hit 22 winners on Tuesday, can look forward to a second-round matchup against either Denisa Allertova or Rebecca Peterson. Federer, seeded third, meets young American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday night under the lights.
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In her first match as the No. 1 seed at a Grand Slam, Pliskova recorded eight aces and 29 winners en route to breezing to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Magda Linette of Poland.
Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion in NY, starts against Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen.
Angelique Kerber left the U.S. Open previous year on top of women's tennis, with a second Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking.
Federer defeated the world number 70 in straight sets in Miami this year but Tiafoe, the son of a Sierra Leone immigrant, illustrated his growing reputation by seeing off world number six Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati.
In 2017, Kerber made only the last 16 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon with a first-round exit at the French Open sandwiched in between.
"I was so nervous on the last point".