Seeded Kerber loses in first round of French Open

"I felt a few times the racquet wasn't really in my hand strongly. but I think if I'm going to practice more my hand will improve and will be better and better".

Mattek-Sands looks for her first third round appearance in a grand slam since the 2015 US Open.

Boserup is at a career-high ranking of 85 with no clay-court form to speak of, so it was a kind draw, but it was heartening to see Kvitova looking so much like her old self.

Kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the German immediately dropped her serve again.

"This match was special to me".

The loss continues Angelique Kerber's ongoing struggles.

Her parents, Jiri and Pavla, and brothers, Jiri and Libor, were in the stands on Court Philippe Chatrier, with her team decked out in matching T-shirts saying "Courage, Belief, Pojd ('Come on" in Czech)'.

If Kvitova was crying for joy, another double grand slam victor who followed her onto the main Philippe Chatrier showcourt, world number one Angelique Kerber, cut a troubled figure in gaining an unwelcome distinction that brought a hard season to a new low. No. 3 Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic can move to No. 1 by reaching the final, while No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania can move to the top by winning the title.

That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and US Opens and a runner-up spot at Wimbledon.

Russian Makarova, ranked 40, won five of the first six games and, although she came under more pressure in the second set, she kept Kerber at arm's length.

"I didn't feel any differences, which is nice", she said. "I don't know [why], I can not slide so good [on clay]".

She said: "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". She won 78 percent of her first serve points.Based on Kvitova's detailed description of her assailant, who posed as a worker checking a utility meter, authorities were able to circulate a drawing within days of the attack in her apartment in Prostejov.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, had very little trouble in her return, beating 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States, 6-3, 6-2, in 74 minutes.

Kvitova said: "I think it doesn't really matter how I played but I won".

Vesnina and Makarova are seeded second in the women's doubles here as well.

Women's 1st rd: Monica Puig (Pur) bt Roberta Vinci (Ita) 6-3 3-6 6-2, Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Christina McHale (USA) 7-5 6-4, Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Marina Erakovic (Nzl) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, Timea Bacsinszky (Sui) bt Sara Sorribes (Esp) 6-1 6-2.

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  • Zachary Reyes