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French Open: #1 Seed Angelique Kerber Upset in First Round

French Open: #1 Seed Angelique Kerber Upset in First Round

First #1 seed female to lose at the Grand Slam in the Open era.

French Open top seed Angelique Kerber lost in straight sets, making her the first #1 female seed to ever lose in the first round there. However, Ekaterina Makarova, ranked 40, is not an easy first round match and Kerber continues to fight injuries. From Deutsche Welle:

She may have been the top seed in Paris but Kerber had struggled for form coming into the tournament, having won only three matches on clay. Indeed, she only regained her number one ranking after America’s Serena Williams announced she was taking time off from the game as she expects the birth of her first child.

And the German’s lack of form was on display on the Philippe Chatrier court as her weak serve was broken a total of six times by Makarova. When it came to the decisive points, Kerber’s game lacked the cutting edge to make the difference, falling 1-5 behind in the first set.

Despite a late rally in the second set, it was too little, too late as Kerber won only two of 16 break points in the entire match.

With the top seed out on day one, the likes of Romania’s Simona Halep and Karolin Pliskova of the Czech Republic now have the chance to take top spot in the world rankings with a good run in the French capital.

Kerber’s opponent Makarova, 28, will now face either Lesia Tsurenkor or Kateryna Kozlova in the second round, and with Halep having declared that up to 15 players could be in with a chance of winning the tournament, she will feel she has a great chance to go even further.

Makanrova, 28, goes on to face Lesia Tsurenk or Kateryna Kozlova in round two, and will feel she has as good a chance as anyone to feature in the latter stages.


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