Seeded Kerber out of French Open in first round

Jonathan Hernandez
June 1, 2017

In another match, Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky defeated Sara Sorribes, who became the first Spanish woman to lose to the Swiss tennis player in the French Open.

The German did not find herself as comfortable on the clay court as World No.40 Makarova, who broke her serve several times during the game.

The two-time Wimbledon champion again performed strongly in her second-round match, but nevertheless bowed out at Roland Garros as Mattek-Sands edged two tie-breaks to prevail 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) in an enthralling contest that saw both players operate at a high level.

In the clay court season, Kerber lost her opener in Stuttgart where she was the defending champion, suffered a thigh injury in the third round in Madrid and lost first time out in Rome. I'm more than happy she's back.

The American veteran, who made her Roland Garros debut in 1997 and was runner-up to sister Serena in Paris in 2002, will next face Japan s Kurumi Nara who beat 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the United States in three sets.

"For me right now I think already being in Wimbledon is before [I expected]".

[But] this year, the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams.

With Kerber stunning exit, the world No. 1 ranking can change hands after the French Open.

Djokovic won his fourth consecutive major title - and completed a career Grand Slam in the process - a year ago at Roland Garros.

Before the 2014 Wimbledon final, David Kotyza, Kvitova's coach at the time, woke up early and left a message on the back lawn of the house they had rented in London.

The 27-year-old had to undergo a four-hour operation to fix tendons and nerves in her left hand after sustaining knife wounds from an attacker at her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic, on December 20.

Having won an emotional opening-round match against Julia Boserup, Kvitova had her chances against another American, 32-year-old Mattek-Sands, who had come through qualifying. She was just two of 16 on break-point opportunities in the match, which included letting seven slip by in the final game.

Mercifully for left-hander Kerber the clay season is over and she can look ahead to the grass courts and Wimbledon where she was runner-up a year ago. She has said she will return to the tour in 2018.

"I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won", the 15th-seeded Kvitova said.

7-6 (5) loss to Bethanie Mattek-Sands saw the Czech's Roland Garros end at the second-round stage, but it should not, and can not, be a setback that will resonate for long.

In Paris started the matches of the 116th version of the Open championship of France on tennis.

In a record 20th appearance at the French Open, Venus Williams eased into the second round with a straight-set victory over Qiang Wang of China.

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