Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Top seed Kerber dumped out of French Open


Angelique Kerber became the first women's No. 1 ever to lose on the first day of the French Open, falling to unseeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2.

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A review of Sunday's action in the women's singles at the French Open, as Petra Kvitova won on her return to action but top seed Angelique Kerber crashed out.

"Everybody knows it's not my favourite surface, but we have to play on clay", she said. "I'm like, 'What is the score?' He's like, '5-4.' I'm like, 'Oh, good.' And he looked at me like I was from another planet".

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately. Everyone who helped me through the hard time.

In the last game, Kerber held seven break points but Makarova fought off each one despite, she said, "fighting with my emotion".

"I think I played well after six months off". It's a tough first round.

"I feel great about the win".

Makarova nailed three games in a row in the second set, before Kerber broke in the fourth game in an unfamiliar manner.

Unfortunately, belief is no longer enough to paper over Kerber's cracks.

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It also continued a miserable spell for the German 29-year-old on clay this year.

Then, of course, there is Kristina Mladenovic, the finalist in Stuttgart and Madrid. I don't know. Normally I can move very well, but on clay it's always a little bit different and hard for me.

"Last year it was a completely different year".

"The pressure is always there".

"There is much bigger expectation this year, especially in the big tournament and Grand Slams".

Then, addressing her guest box, which included her parents and brother, she said: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time". Tomic and Thiem played a fantastic, memorable ATP final in Acapulco last season, which Thiem edged and I expect him to win this first round match too.

"I like playing at this time for women's tennis". She's made just five QF appearances in her 19 Roland Garros starts and none of those came after 2006.

"And try to learn from this moment. But, yeah, now I can not changing anymore and trying to looking forward". Kerber is under immediate threat from both Simona Halep and the Czech Karolina Pliskova.

The Russian was thrilled with her victory. However, Kvitova already had 13 winners to her name, compared with Boserup's two, and blasted her way to the set, 6-3, in 39 minutes.

"This year it's actually the same". I was playing all the time on Lenglen when I was going farther on the draw, so today was special day for me. So umpire got me really happy.

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