French Open 2017: Top seed Kerber crashes out in opening round

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Typically aggressive and strong on serve throughout, Kvitova claimed early breaks in either set en route to an emphatic triumph. "I had a few chances in the first set and [a few] also in the second set, and I didn't make them".

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

This leaves 18th seed Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis as the only two remaining Australians left in the men's draw ahead of their first round matches tonight.

But a back problem suffered in practice on Sunday nearly put paid to her chances before she had started and she needed all her fighting spirit to defeat Jennifer Brady 3-6 6-3 9-7 in a match that lasted one minute short of three hours. In that context, the Puerto Rican's besting of Roberta Vinci in the first round could inject some much-needed confidence in her game. "Not remembering how I played a year ago".

There are two reasons for this: the absence of Grand Slam champions like Serena Williams (pregnancy), Maria Sharapova (refused a wild card after returning from a doping suspension) and Victoria Azarenka (gave birth at the end of last year) and the unsuccessful attempts of any of their contemporaries to take advantage by stepping up. I felt like the tennis was taken away from me, and it wasn't my decision.

"Mladenovic has a had a great claycourt season and I think she will not be intimidated paying in Paris at all".

Kerber's strokes were off against Makarova, who has reached two major semifinals but never been past the fourth round in Paris.


Meanwhile, Czech Petra Kvitova advanced to French Open second round, winning her first match against American player Julia Boserups in her comeback match after a left-hand surgery.

Trailing 0-40 on his serve in the final game, Djokovic won the next five points and sealed the match with a service victor. The No. 13 seed struggled to hold back the tears after clinching the victory on the second of her three match points. But that was about it. I think she loves it.

The match, however, is unlikely to draw thousands onto Court Philippe Chatrier, where proceedings usually open in front of a sparse crowd. Honestly, it doesn't matter really who I'm going to face.

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.

Rafael Nadal's search for an unprecedented 10th title at the French Open got off to a winning start as he beat Benoit Paire of France in straight sets.

Simona Halep, the Romanian who is regarded as the leading contender, was asked for her opinion on who the favourites are for the second Grand Slam of the year. "Gave her a big hug".

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