PARIS, Sporting Alert — Results from the opening day of the 2017 French Open Women’s Singles Round 1 matches on Sunday, May 28.
Highlighting the results on Day 1 was the shocking early exit of World number one Angelique Kerber, who fell to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.
With former champion Serena Williams not contesting this year’s tournament, Kerber was seen as one of the frontrunners to lift the title.
However, the 29-year-old, who has struggled to find her best form this year and had been nursing a thigh injury, became the first No. 1 seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the French Open since the sport turned professional in 1968.
The German, who was outstanding in the 2016 campaign, lacked the pace and power to bother Makarova on Sunday and suffered a 6-2 6-2 defeat to her fellow left-hander from Russia.
“Last year it was a completely different year. I mean, the pressure is always there,” she told a news conference.
“This year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments… and the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do.”
Kerber leaves Roland Garros with one main thing in mind.
“Right now I think that I have to find to myself again,” she said.
“Just trying to forget the claycourt season as soon as possible.”
Also falling on Day 1 was No. 31 seed Roberta Vinci of Italy — losing 6-3 3-6 6-2 to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
Meanwhile, the 15th-seeded Petra Kvitova, who was sidelined by a stabbing injury to her hand, made an emotional return to competition with a convincing 6-3 6-2 victory against American Julia Boserup on Sunday.
In other French Open first-round results on Sunday, No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeat USA’s Christina McHale 7-5 6-4, while Switzerland 30th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky beat Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain 6-1 6-2.
French Open first-round women’s singles results
Day 1: Sunday, May 28
Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-2 6-2
8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 7-5 6-4
15-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Julia Boserup (U.S.) 6-3 6-2
30-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Sara Sorribes Tormo
Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) beat 31-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-3 3-6 6-2
(Spain) 6-1 6-2
Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) 6-4 6-0
Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 7-6(4) 6-4
Madison Brengle (U.S.) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 1-6 6-3 13-11
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Louisa Chirico (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-2