Kerber makes unwanted history with immediate Roland Garros exit
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:26
The two-time Wimbledon champion's comeback at the French Open ended in the second round Wednesday in a close match against qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who recorded her best result at a major in almost two years with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory.
There was a notable victory, meanwhile, for 18-year-old American Cici Bellis over last year's semi-finalist Kiki Bertens. Kerber's loss places her game in question.
Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries to her left hand in the attack, and many thought she might not play in Paris.
When it was over, Kvitova dropped her racket near the baseline and removed her blue headband.
The American veteran, who made her Roland Garros debut in 1997 and was runner-up to sister Serena in Paris in 2002, will next face Japan s Kurumi Nara who beat 15-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the United States in three sets.
Less than six months after being attacked by an knife-wielding intruder in her apartment in the Czech town of Prostejov, Petra Kvitova was victorious in her first match back and first of the 2017 season. "I mean, the pressure is always there", she told a news conference.
Mixing winners and unforced errors in nearly equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not fully overturn the advantage.
As the fingers on her left hand continue to strengthen, and as her fitness improves, her results will come. I have the best memories which I can have. Monica Puig was also a victor early at Roland Garros. "So I'm happy that it's still continuing like that".
"It's a really great tournament for me".
But coming back at Roland Garros was probably a sensible decision, since the emotions at Wimbledon, where her expectations might be higher, could have been more hard to cope with.
Angelique Kerber became the first women's top seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday.
And there was plenty for the Williams family to cheer as 10th seed Venus eased to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara.
"Yesterday I was thinking how everything will be, and I couldn't really imagine how that's going to be. I think that's the most important (for my loss)", she said.
Cutting a troubled figure on court a world away from the feisty baseliner who last season battled her way to two grand slam titles, Kerber lacked the pace and power to trouble her fellow left-hander. Williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points to win 6-4, 7-6 (3).