Adieu, Angie! No. 1 Kerber out of French Open in 1st round

Angelique Kerber suffered the ignominy of becoming the first women's number one seed of the Open Era to be eliminated from the French Open in the first round on Sunday (28 May).

Kerber failed to withstand the strong forehand and backhand attack from her opponent as she lost the first set 6-2 in 38 minutes.

Kerber has not been playing well, and she came into the French Open with little confidence that she'd fare well on clay.

Makarova, now ranked 40 after reaching a career high of eight, kept Kerber at arm's length and opened up a double break for 3-0 in the second set. In the last game, Kerber had seven break points but Makarova fought off each one before holding to win.

That has left her old frailties exposed, with a weak serve broken six times by Makarova on Philippe Chatrier Court. And the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did last year.But right now I think that I have to find to myself again and just trying to forgot the clay court season as soon as possible and then reset and starting from the grass courts again'. She qualified for her first major at Wimbledon past year and is now placed neatly inside the World's Top 100. The 29-year-old German slumped to a dispiriting 6-2, 6-2 defeat to experienced Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation yesterday.

"I think she played a good match".

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The 27-year-old had to undergo a four-hour operation to fix tendons and nerves in her left hand after sustaining knife wounds from an attacker at her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic, on December 20.

Venus Williams began her record 20th Roland Garros campaign by beating Wang Qiang of China, while Svetlana Kuznetsova toppled Christina McHale and Dominika Cibulkova easily saw off the challenge of Lara Arruabarrena. Ruano Pascal won swiftly in 67 minutes, and Hingis revealed afterward that her preparation for Wimbledon was inhibited by tendinitis in her lower back.

Add in that 23-time major champion Serena Williams is pregnant and won't play until next season, and five-time major champion Sharapova was refused a wild card in Paris as she returns from a 15-month doping suspension, and the rest of the field might have more reason than usual to believe in the chance to claim a Grand Slam trophy.

In the men's round, the oldest man in the singles draw at the French Open has prevailed over one of the youngest.

She was undecided until late last week whether to even try to play in the French Open.

After winning the opening set, Evans went down 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1 in sweltering conditions in the French capital.

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