French Open, Day 1: Angelique Kerber out, Kvitova makes comeback

The first was as a 15-year-old, and the other was this shocking upset against McNeil.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Venus Williams battled past China's Wang Qiang with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory. Roberta Vinci, the No. 31 seed, lost a three-set match to Monica Puig, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Tomic presumably still has the talent, but Thiem is doing a lot more with his these days. "The first point was incredible". Check it out here. The 29-year-old is a worthy successor-at least on a temporary basis-but she has not played as well this year as she did a year ago.

With Kerber stunning exit, the world No. 1 ranking can change hands after the French Open. "This match is special to me", said Kvitova.

"He's been playing well, and really no chance today".

The German, who also lost in round one previous year, has had a miserable season and is not a fan of clay so the result came as no real surprise.

That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and US Opens.

"I guess I still can't believe I've beaten her", a 16-year-old Dokic said. And that's happened. The motivation which I had today was incredible, and I just didn't want to lose. I didn't know how I will be ready.

Eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, a potential title contender, defeated Christina McHale 7-5 6-4 to reach round two. But Grigor Dimitrov, the No. 11 seed, made a strong statement.

The tweet was later deleted and an nearly identical one - but with the final result - posted when Dimitrov won what proved to be a decisive third set 6-4.

Tears rolled down her cheeks as she celebrated in front of her parents Jiri and Pavla, stood together with brothers Jiri and Libor in the stands on Roland Garros's main Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 11th-seeded Bulgarian, who was once regarded as a potential future No 1, has never fared well at the French Open.

It was a baptism of fire, too: the first match of the tournament on its biggest arena. "Doctors say it's 50/50 at the moment, but it's made good improvement since Sunday". "I mean, I believed in the second set, as well, that I can turn around the match and I was still believing until the last point".

Kerber of Germany was shocked at Roland Garros on the first day of the major tournament, losing 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

By her own admission, Kerber doesn't move well on clay and she can't play the same power game, which vaulted her to the top on the harder surfaces.

The German dropped serve in the next game, with Makarova hitting another four clean forehand winners to consolidate her hold on the match. Her goal of getting a career Grand Slam will have to wait, and it's now in jeopardy.

One of the hot topics at Roland Garros this year has been the return of Andre Agassi.

Missing from the draw were three big-time former champions and former world No1s.

But don't expect Wawrinka to jump for joy if he crosses paths with Agassi in Paris.

Makarova, who is ranked number 40 in the world, claimed a straight-sets 6-2 6-2 victory and never looked under any pressure on the clay.

This year's French Open will get off to an emotional start.

"I feel great about the win".

The match lasted just under one hour and thirty minutes.

Kerber did not come into the French Open with the most confidence.

"On clay I'm really not feeling so good, especially on my movement, because, I don't know, I can not slide so good".

Kvitova had not played in a tournament since she was stabbed during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December.

For Schiavone, though, progress of any kind would be tough this time: She had drawn defending champion and No4 seed Garbine Muguruza in her opener.

Quote of the day: "He killed me from the start". This year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams.

  • Julie Sanders