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Dubious Kerber landmark, a heartwarming Kvitova return

Dubious Kerber landmark, a heartwarming Kvitova return

It also completes a dismal clay court swing for the German, in which she won just two matches and had to retire hurt in her third round match against Eugenie Bouchard in Madrid, and marks the first time in the Open era that a women's top seed has failed to win a match at the French Open.

World number one Angelique Kerber's nightmare season hit a new low yesterday when, with expectations weighing heavily after a stellar 2016, she was dumped out of the French Open 6-2 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. "Winning matches", she said prior to the loss.

"But right now I think I have to find myself again and just try to forget the clay-court season as soon as possible and then reset and start from the grass courts again".

It was the second successive first round exit at Roland Garros for Kerber - last year, she fell to unseeded Kiki Bertens before recovering to make the Wimbledon final. "At the end of the match, it was really tough as I knew she wouldn't give it to me - I had to win it", said Makarova, a former semi-finalist at the Australian and US Opens.

Makarova converted on six of 14 break point attempts and had 19 unforced errors to Kerber's 25.

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"I was also fighting with my emotions not to wait for a mistake (by Kerber)", she said courtside.

Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing victor, leaning forward and yelling as she got within 3-1.

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.

Petra Kvitova made an emotional and convincing return to competition, showing no ill effects from the stabbing injury to her hand, with a 6-3 6-2 first-round victory against American Julia Boserup.

"It was very hot (temperatures around 30 degrees) but I live in Florida, so I was prepared", said Williams.

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But, arriving at Roland Garros high on confidence after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year, she held her nerve to close out the match in a final game that featured five deuce points.

2015 semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky also progressed, courtesy of a straight-forward victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo, but Italian veteran Roberta Vinci joined Angelique Kerber at the departure gates after losing a three-setter against reigning Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig.

Madison Brengle of the United States defeated Germany s Julia Goerges 1-6, 6-3, 13-11 in a tie stretching to nearly three hours.

Mixing winners and unforced errors in nearly equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not fully overturn the advantage. The king of them all - Rafael Nadal - begins his quest for a record tenth title on Monday.

Men: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x11) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) bt Giles Muller (LUXx26) 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2.

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