French Open roundup from day one's action

Hope Soto
May 29, 2017

"I think I need few more days to really forget the clay court season because it was at not the best weeks in my career". Doctors said it would take her six months to recover.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

It is the second year in a row that Kerber has fallen at the first hurdle in the French Open.

Makarova is now ranked 40th in the world, but she has been as high as No. 8 in the past and she reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015. "I mean, I know in the last years I had always up and downs and right now, of course, I'm ... down".

Before Kerber's loss, though, the sport got its feel-good story of the year, as Petra Kvitova was the first victor of the day, playing shockingly well in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Julia Boserup.

"I'm still enjoying playing tennis".

"It's a pleasure to be here, I'm really glad to have made the decision that I'm going to play here", Kvitova said afterwards.

Makarova, meanwhile, has reached two major semifinals, but has never advanced past the fourt round in Paris.

The two-time Grand Slam champion made ignominious history.

French Open roundup from day one's action

Makarova broke Kerber's serve twice in the opening set and did so again in the second, racing into a 3-0 lead. - World number one Angelique Kerber after her first round loss. But that was about it. Her first chance to break arrived in the last game but Makarova held on.

Kerber and Makarova are scheduled to play the second match of the day at the Philippe-Chatrier Court, with matches scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. ET (11 a.m. Paris time). I think that was the key for the match. Turns out her feeling became reality when the No. 1-ranked German lost Sunday in only 1 hour, 22 minutes.

If ever there was a French Open that was-well, wide open, the general consensus seemed to be that this was it.

Kvitova played remarkably well considering the circumstances and showed the weight of the occasion only at the end, dropping her racket to the clay and turning to her support camp with hand over mouth in disbelief. "Gave her a big hug".

Tenth-seeded Venus Williams will also see action Sunday as she faces Qiang Wang of China in the final match of the day on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court.

The German became the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the French Open since the sport went professional in 1968.

It is the biggest first round shock at Roland Garros since Serena Williams lost to Virginie Razzano in a thrilling three-setter five years ago.

She arrived in Paris with a 25-12 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches, but as it turns out this marks her second consecutive first-round French Open departure after losing to Kiki Bertens in the first round a year ago.

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