Seed Kerber suffers historic defeat in French Open

Seed Kerber suffers historic defeat in French Open

"Last year was a completely different year", said Kerber after her defeat.

Angelique Kerber made history Sunday - of course it was the dubious kind.

Kvitova needed only one hour and 13 minutes to move into the second round, where she'll face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina.

It is the fifth successive year that McHale has gone out in the first round at Roland Garros. She falls to Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

The former Australian Open and current US Open champion was not the first seed to fall from the competition, with Monica Puig dumping 31st seed Roberta Vinci out of the tournament with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 success.

"I was also fighting with my emotions not to wait for a mistake (by Kerber)", she said courtside.

Makarova denied 14 of 16 break points, including seven break points in the final game, crushing Kerber, 6-2, 6-2, on opening day of the French Open.

Prior to this Kerber loss, the earliest a top seed exited the French Open since 1968 was in the second round. When Boserup threatened to pull back from 3-0 to 3-2 in the opening set, Kvitova roared and pumped her fist when she saved a break point. I really don't know what I will do now, but for sure I will think about what is the best preparation for grass. "Belief. Pojd." That last word, which is the Czech equivalent of "Come on!" and was spelled with a red heart instead of the "O", is often yelled by Kvitova to celebrate particularly good shots. The Czech was in tears when the final ball was hit in her comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over American Julia Boserup at French Open on Sunday.

This marked Kerber's 11th consecutive trip to the French Open with her best coming in 2012 when she reached the quarterfinals.

Madison Brengle of the United States defeated Germany s Julia Goerges 1-6, 6-3, 13-11 in a tie stretching to nearly three hours.

The hand is still not flawless but crucially for the 15th seed she remains pain free.

She missed the Australian Open in January as a result and was initially expected to miss up to six months.

Makarova's win against Kerber in the first round contest lasted for just over 80 minutes.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova returned to tennis yesterday after a harrowing attack in 2016 left her with severed tendons and in need of a long recuperation. Kvitova had initially targeted Wimbledon, her favourite tournament and where she is a two-time champion, for her comeback but progressed faster than she thought so chose to head to Paris.

Williams, seeded 10 and three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, had to dig deep to see off her opponent who had led 4-2 in the first set and 5-3, with set points, in the second.

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