Makarova stuns top seed Kerber in French Open 1st round

Posted May 30, 2017

After the match, she said that she was glad to have made the decision to play in Paris and that she was happy with the way she played, considering it was her first competitive match in over six months.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open, and was the Wimbledon runner-up, in 2016, surging to the heights of tennis.

Graf's loss marked the first time in Wimbledon tournament history a defending champion lost in the opening round. "I mean, I know in the last years I had always up and downs and right now, of course, I'm. down". 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. Even the defeated player could not help but be pleased for her opponent, later tweeting generously: 'Congratulations on winning so much more than a tennis match today'.

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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).

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. She took 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 3-0 lead and never really faced a whole lot of resistance, other than when she saved three break points - the only ones she had to deal with in the match - while ahead 3-1.

She showed the weight of the occasion only at the end, dropping her racket to the clay and turning to her support camp with hand over mouth in disbelief. But that was about it.

First up for Kerber in Paris is a hard tie against Ekaterina Makarova.

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She struggled to contain her emotions after seeing off American Julia Boserup, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

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

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.

Going into the French Open, the women's field was fairly open.

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Kvitova needed only one hour and 13 minutes to move into the second round, where she'll face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina. "Gave her a big hug".