Tearful Kvitova victorious on French Open return

Doug Mendoza
June 1, 2017

World number one Angelique Kerber was dumped out of the French Open on Sunday, going down 6-2 6-2 in a first-round defeat to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

It is a second consecutive first-round loss at Roland Garros for Kerber, who won the Australian Open and US Open titles past year and reached the Wimbledon final. The 31st-seeded Vinci, most famous for ending Serena Williams' hopes of a calendar year Grand Slam by beating her in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2015, lost to Rio Olympics gold medalist Monica Puig 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. A year ago as well, these were not the best weeks for me.

"I like playing at this time for women's tennis". "But right now, I think that I have to find myself again". "It's kind of - I don't want to say 'open, ' because everyone's really good, but - very competitive", Rogers said, "and there's not like that dominating force".

Temperatures are set to reach 33 degrees Celsius in Paris on Sunday and no rain is forecast on day one of a tournament disrupted by poor weather in recent years.

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"If you are losing, it's always tough to (enjoy) the game", Kerber said. But that was about it. I try my best to make the best preparations I can to be ready for the first round, and then we will see how far I can go...

Indeed, just being there under a cloud-filled sky in the main stadium at Roland Garros was a victory for Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand - the one she holds her racket with - after being stabbed by an intruder in the Czech Republic in late December.

Czech star Kvitova will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina in the next round. "Gave her a big hug".

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