Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Top seed Angelique Kerber knocked out of French Open in first round


As tennisdom knows, then, Kerber more than made up for her lapses on clay as the season entered its second-half.

She hit 31 clean winners, she cracked down nine aces and she generally looked like she had never been away.

"Well", Makarova said when informed of the history made by her victory, "that's unbelievable". Here's a preview of the meeting between Makarova and the top seeded Kerber. "Maybe it's good that it's over for me".

Makarova is set to play in round two against the victor of the match between Ukrainians Lesia Tsurenko and Kateryna Kozlova.

The German failed to win a match in her last tournament - falling to unheralded Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit in the second round in Rome after being granted a first-round bye.

The appearance of Angelique Kerber, the world's top-ranked tennis player, in the French Open was brief - historically, painfully brief.

"The pressure is always there especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams", said Kerber, who won her first major at the Australian Open in 2016.

Kerber, who also lost in the first round of last year's tournament, now sees her clay-court season come to a close.

Top-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany has lost the first set of her opening match at the French Open.

Kerber in shock early exit, Kvitova returns
Dominic Thiem underlined his burgeoning reputation by dismantling Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round. World number one Angelique Kerber became the first number one women's seed to lose in the opening round of the French Open .

Quote of the day: "He killed me from the start".

"Right now I think that I have to find to myself again and just trying to forget the clay court season as soon as possible", Kerber said.

It was not so much confidence that saw Petra Kvitova through her first match in nearly six months as sheer, unadulterated joy. "I won for the second time, if I can say".

"I won the match today but I knew I had already won (the battle against injury)".

The 2017 French Open runs through May 28 and June 11.

Anisimova, who is 262nd in the rankings, became the first player born in 2001 to earn a spot in a Grand Slam main draw when she claimed the U.S. Tennis Association's wild card for the French Open.

Women's 1st rd: Monica Puig (Pur) bt Roberta Vinci (Ita) 6-3 3-6 6-2, Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Christina McHale (USA) 7-5 6-4, Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt Sara Sorribes (Esp) 6-1 6-2.

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