Upset! Kerber 1st French Open top seed to lose in 1st round

Petra Kvitova was attacked in Decmber

Kerber made no effort to hide her frustration during the 1 hour, 22 minute match - her body language coupled with the pained look on her face said it all.

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.

Williams, seeded 10, has played every year since 1997 with the exception of 2011 and despite her senior citizen status, she is still a contender at the Slams as her run to the Australian Open final in January proved.

German world number one Kerber dropped serve six times on her way to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Makarova found tons of success on Kerber's serve, running out to an easy 6-2, 6-2 win.

However, Halep is recovering from injury and Pliskova fell in the first round previous year.

Kerber, who hails from Bremen in northern Germany, was also knocked out of last year's French Open at the same stage, losing to the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens.


"I'm happy with the game, of course, but I mean, it wasn't really about the game today". So I think this is the most, yeah, thing that it's a little bit different than to the other surface.

The American made her debut at Roland Garros 20 years ago, reaching her only final in 2002, which she lost to sister Serena.

That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and U.S. Opens. This year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams.

"I need matches. I need matches where I can start to play and feel my tennis", she added. I have to find myself again and try to forget the clay season as soon as possible, and reset for the grass season again.

Petra Kvitova cruised into the French Open second round on Sunday as the Czech star returned from a lengthy lay-off after a harrowing knife attack at her home in December.

On a more encouraging note, Petra Kvitova pulled off a convincing routing of Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 on her return from a devastating injury.

The first of the matches not to be missed sees the No.6 seed Dominic Thiem take on Australia's Bernard Tomic in the first round of Roland Garros. The 2016 women's champ, Garbine Muguruza, will also be in action, facing 2010 French Open victor Francesca Schiavone.

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