No. 1 Angelique Kerber upset in French Open first round by Ekatarina Makarova


Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports

Published 8:41 a.m. ET May 28, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

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The French Open began with a bang as top-seeded Angelique Kerber was beaten in straight sets by Ekaterina Makarova. Petra Kvitova returned from injury to beat American Julia Boserup, but the USA did have wins by Venus Williams and Shelby Rogers.
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PARIS — Angelique Kerber became the first No. 1 ranked women’s player in Open Era history to lose a French Open first-round match when she was pummeled 6-2, 6-2 by Ekatarina Makarova on Sunday.

Prior to this Kerber loss, the earliest a top seed exited the French Open since 1968 was in the second round. Justine Henin fell in the 2004 second round and Serena Williams fell in the 2014 second round.

Undoubtedly, this is the type of distinction no player  wants attached to their name. But for Kerber, it’s not all that surprising —  with a game highly reliant on her court coverage, she’s struggling to find consistent form.

“My game…

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