Surprise in Paris. Angelique Kerber became the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open’s first round in the professional era, putting up little resistance while being beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Ekaterina Makarova.
Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open, and was the Wimbledon runner-up, in 2016, but this year the German has a 19-13 record, losing 4 of her last 6 matches.
Kerber had only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set and didn’t even earn a break point until the last game, which Makarova won, anyway. Makarova then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set.
Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, leaning forward and yelling as she took a game to get within 3-1. Even in the last game, Kerber had seven break points but Makarova fought off each one before holding to win.
“That’s unbelievable. It was really tough. She’s a No. 1 and she’s a great player and I knew that I have to win it; she’s not going to miss it,” Makarova said.