No. 1 Angelique Kerber out in historic upset at French Open

Posted May 30, 2017

Germany's Angelique Kerber became the first top seed in French Open history to lose in the opening round when she was knocked out by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday. However, she fell behind early to Ekaterina Makarova and wound up losing to her in straight sets (6-2 6-2).

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

Most of the loss falls squarely on Kerber, as she dropped serve six times and committed a generous 25 unforced errors.

But since winning at Flushing Meadows the German has struggled to maintain those heights and she has played just one final this year. 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 previous year. She is the No. 15 seed. The German was comprehensively beaten 6-2, 6-2 by the Russian. "I mean, I know in the last years I had always up and downs and right now, of course, I'm. down".

"Last year was a completely different year", said Kerber after her defeat. I really don't know what I will do now, but for sure I will think about what is the best preparation for grass now'.

There were contrasting fortunes for the favorites on the opening day of the second grand slam of the year Sunday. The 2016 women's champ, Garbine Muguruza, will also be in action, facing 2010 French Open victor Francesca Schiavone.

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That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and U.S. Opens. I have to find myself again and try to forget the clay season as soon as possible, and reset for the grass season again.

French Open 2017 Day 1, Live Tennis Score: Angelique Kerber is contesting for her maiden French Open title.

"I think it's both".

Petra Kvitova celebrated her comeback from being sidelined for five months with a hand injury, beating Julia Boserup of the United States 6-3, 6-2. 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.

Puig won 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2 over Vinci in an hour and 50 minutes while the 32-year-old Argentinian made a 7-5, 6-3 and 6-4 over Mannarino.