Kerber suffers shocking first round exit at Roland Garros

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Ekaterina Makarova was playing on Court Philippe Chatrier for the first time in nine years and she produced a performance fitting to the occasion - a 6-2 6-2 victory over top-seed Angelique Kerber.

There were contrasting fortunes for the favorites on the opening day of the second grand slam of the year Sunday.

Timea Bacsinszky, the Swiss 30th seed who made the semi-finals two years ago, was also an early victor, seeing off Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 6-2.

"I'm glad how I played today".

"Well, that's unbelievable", Makarova said when informed of her place in the history books.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the latest for the German is the disappointing 2-6 2-6 loss to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova.

Turning to her family and coaching staff, all of them wearing black T-shirts bearing the words "courage and belief", Kvitova said her form was irrelevant.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

"If you are losing, it's always tough to (enjoy) the game", Kerber said. And the expectations are also from me really big because I know what I can do, what I did previous year.

Makarova now has the fourth-most top-10 wins amongst active players at Grand Slams with her victory over Kerber being her 10th (Serena Williams - 56, Venus Williams 36, Maria Sharapova 19).

"It was very hot (temperatures around 30 degrees) but I live in Florida, so I was prepared", said Williams.

"I like playing at this time for women's tennis".

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"I missed the court, the fight".

Before this year, the earliest exits suffered by a top seed were in the second round - by Justine Henin in 2004 and Serena Williams in 2014.

Kerber struggled with 25 unforced errors against just 16 winners, and won less than 50 percent of points behind her first serve. Kerber made a stand rifling a running forehand pass crosscourt to break back for 1-3. But that was about it. She didn't earn a break point until the last game, which was won by Makarova. She takes the match 6-2, 6-2.

"I think she played a good match".

Meanwhile, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic had a triumphant return, competing in a tournament less than six months after a knife attack at her home.

None of the favorites has received an easy paths through to the finals at the French Open, but the draw has set up some interested potential matchups.

Even though she probably enjoyed the moment, 15th seed Kvitova wasted little time on court and was the first player to reach the second round. "Gave her a big hug".

"She's one of the nicest girls, and we are all really happy to see her back".

Former U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci could not find a way to end her losing streak at Roland Garros and lost in the first round of the French Open again.

The German dropped serve in the next game, with Makarova hitting another four clean forehand winners to consolidate her hold on the match.

If Kvitova was crying for joy, another double Grand Slam victor who followed her onto the main Philippe Chatrier showcourt, World No. 1 Angelique Kerber, cut a troubled figure in gaining an unwelcome distinction that brought a hard season to a new low.

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