Angelique Kerber Historically Gets Knocked Out Of Roland Garros

Angelique Kerber Historically Gets Knocked Out Of Roland Garros

Not as fortunate was Angelique Kerber, who became the first women's No. 1 seed to lose in the French Open's first round in the Open era.

Also on the women's side, Petra Kvitova won her first match since being stabbed during a burglary in her home in December.

Title favorites Garbine Muguruza, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will kick off their campaign at Roland Garros on Monday.

The 29-year-old Kerber has struggled this year, withdrawing from the Madrid Open with a thigh injury and going down in straight sets to qualifier Anna Kontaveit in Rome.

"Of course I'm disappointed that the clay court season was not so good. It's kind of - I don't want to say 'open, ' because everyone's really good, but - very competitive", Rogers said, "and there's not like that dominating force".

"I was mad", Kvitova said.

Makarova - who had won four of her previous 11 encounters with Kerber - was making her first singles appearance on the Philippe Chatrier centre court.

Biggest talking point: Whether Nick Kyrgios's hip and shoulder injuries can withstand a searching first-round examination on Tuesday against tough German Philipp Kohlschreiber. I had a few chances in both sets, but I didn't make them.

"For me right now I think already being in Wimbledon is before [I expected]. I'm happy that I will not miss Wimbledon this year".

Unfortunately, belief is no longer enough to paper over Kerber's cracks. I think it's always a combination of everything. Is that something that needs to change for you to play your best?

Along with Makarova, her fellow countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova also wins her opening round match.

Kvitova, 26, was injured when an intruder, under the pretense of checking a utility meter, entered her apartment in Prostejov.

"Last year it was a completely different year".

Several of the big names in the sport will not be at this year's tournament. "Now I have to find to myself again and just try to forget the clay court season as soon as possible and then reset from the grass courts".

"You can tell by her results in the past that she's a fighter and things like that won't knock her down".

Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against China's Wang Qiang. "She not only came back from all of that, she came back playing well". "I really am looking forward to being there", added the Czech.

Kvitova sat with her head in her towel, and the disruption seemed to affect her as she dropped serve in the opening game of the second set.

Makarova now has the fourth-most top-10 wins amongst active players at Grand Slams with her victory over Kerber being her 10th (Serena Williams - 56, Venus Williams 36, Maria Sharapova 19). "So it's a victory for her to be back on court". I came here to win the matches. I will really enjoy the time to be there.

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