ROLAND GARROS - Kerber upset by Makarova! Kvitova wins

Tennis - The World No. 1 loses in her opening match in Paris for the second year in a row

by Luigi Gatto
ROLAND GARROS - Kerber upset by Makarova! Kvitova wins

Angelique Kerber's terrible season continues. The German player lost for the second year in a row in the opening round of Roland Garros. Last year she was beaten by Kiki Bertens, today by Ekaterina Makarova 6/2 6/2 after an hour and 23 minutes.

The Russian was always under control, and she beat a World No. 1 for the first time in her career. It's also the first time a World No. 1 loses at first round level at the Roland Garros. Kerber struggled on serve, from the baseline and didn't play well enough to win short points neither.

If in the first Angie had a break point only down 2-5 without converting it, in the second she broke Makarova twice, but she was unconsistent on serve, and in the last game on 2-5 Kerber didn't convert seven break points in total, while Makarova was more cinical as she converted her first match point.

Makarova will face Tsurenko or Kozlova next. Petra Kvitova instead had a successful come back. After being aggressed at home in December 20 and then undergoing surgery, the Czech player defeated 6-3 6-2 the World No. 80 Julia Buserup, who was making her first appearance in Paris, advancing to the second round where she will face Mattek-Sands or Rodina.

As for other matches played so far, Monica Puig defeated the 31th seeded player Roberta Vinci 6-2 in the third set, while Timea Bacsinszky, Madison Brengle and Jelena Ostapenko advanced. Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Sunday:


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