Tearful Kvitova returns, Kerber in historic loss

Hope Soto
June 5, 2017

It was the second successive first round exit at Roland Garros for Kerber, the reigning US Open champion - last year, she fell to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's return to action came to an end in the second round of the French Open after she was crashed out by American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets on Wednesday.

World No. 1 Angelique Kerber lost in historic fashion on Sunday as she became the first woman top seed to lose in the first round of the French Open in the Open Era.

"Well, that's unbelievable", Makarova said when informed of her place in the history books. But this year has been much more of a struggle: The German has a 19-13 record, losing 4 of her past 6 matches.

Her staggering longevity is illustrated by the fact that her potential second round opponent is compatriot Amanda Anisimova who, at just 15, is the youngest main draw competitor since 2005.

Venus Williams, a straight-sets victor Sunday, made her 20th appearance at the French Open, the most by any woman in the Open era.

A break for the Russian in the first game of the match set the tone for a one-sided opening set, and Kerber cut a despondent figure as she quickly slumped 3-0 down in the next. This after Ruzici took the first set 6-0.

Well, Angelique Kerber, it appears your time is done on the terre battue after one match. But that was about it.

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"It was really tough". I mean, of course, it's also a little bit painful the way now. Kevitova has won the first competitive match after being injured six months ago by injuring a thief in his home. Kvitova, 27, bested American Julia Boserup, 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the second round of Roland Garros.

"I think she played a good match".

The point of the day at the French Open came from Dominic Thiem, one of the brightest talents in the game.

Venus Williams started her 20th French Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win over China s Wang Qiang. "So it was a real pleasure to play in front of them and play how I played", said Kvitova, whose team wore black t-shirts emblazoned with the words "courage" and "belief".

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

Both U.S. Tennis Association wild-card entries lost in the first round of the French Open.

But, arriving at Roland Garros high on confidence after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year, she held her nerve to close out the match in a final game that featured five deuce points.

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