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

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

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

She is the first top seed in women's Open Era history to lose a French Open first-round match.

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Sandra Harwitt, Special for USA TODAY Sports Published 8:41 a.m. ET May 28, 2017 | Updated 48 minutes ago

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Angelique Kerber reacts during the ladies singles first-round match against Ekaterina Makarova in the first round. (Photo: Adam Pretty, Getty Images)

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.

Kerber made no effort to hide her frustration during the 1 hour, 22 minute match — her body language coupled with the pained look on her face said it all.

Kerber’s best showing during the clay court season was reaching the Madrid third round where she retired to Genie Bouchard with a left thigh injury.

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This marked Kerber’s 11th consecutive trip to the French Open with her best showing when she journeyed to the 2012 quarterfinals. She arrived in Paris with a 25-12 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches, but as it turns out this marks her second consecutive first-round French Open departure after losing to Kiki Bertens in the first round last year.

Kerber is not performing to the standards usually associated with the highest ranked player in the game after she won her first two Grand Slam titles at the Australian and US Opens last year.

She’s had a rough mixed bag 2017 season with her best results being a semifinal run at Dubai and quarterfinals at Brisbane and Miami. In between those results were less impressive outings such as second-round exit at Sydney, round-of-16 defeat as the Australian Open defending champion, a first-round ending at Doha, and most recently, an opening-round (second round after a first round bye) at Rome.

For the 40th-ranked Makarova, the Kerber victory is a first in her career as she lost the four previous times she played a reigning world No. 1. Her defeats came to Henin at the

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Back on court after knife attack, Kvitova wins in Paris

AP Published 4:27 a.m. ET May 28, 2017 | Updated 59 minutes ago

Back on court after knife attack, Kvitova wins in Paris

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Julia Boserup, of the U.S, in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Photo: The Associated Press)

PARIS (AP) — Less than six months after a knife attack at her home, Petra Kvitova was back competing on a tennis court Sunday, winning her first-round match at the French Open.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, had very little trouble in her return, beating 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes.

"I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won," Kvitova said. "I won already, before."

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. She was undecided until late last week whether to even try to play in the French Open.

"It's a pleasure to be here. I'm really glad that we made this decision that I'm going to play here," Kvitova told the crowd during an on-court interview.

Then, addressing her guest box, which included her parents and brother, she said: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this difficult time."

In one other early result of significance on Day 1, 2015 U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci exited the French Open in the first round for the fourth year in a row. 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.

On Sunday, several members of Kvitova's entourage wore black T-shirts with white capital letters on the front that read, "Courage. Belief. Pojd." That last word, which is the Czech equivalent of "Come on!" and was spelled on the shirts with a red heart instead of the "o'', is often yelled by Kvitova to celebrate particularly good shots.

There was quite a bit of that against Boserup, who was making her debut in the French Open's main draw and facing a lefty for the first time.

Kvitova began things with a quick forehand winner; she compiled the first 10 winners of the match and finished with a 31-9 edge in that category. She took 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 3-0 lead and never really faced a whole lot of resistance, other than when she saved three break points — the only ones she had to deal with in the match — while ahead 3-1.

When it was over, Kvitova dropped her racket near the baseline and removed her blue headband. As she walked to the

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The Latest: Stan Wawrinka welcomes Agassi's return

AP Published 5:33 a.m. ET May 28, 2017 | Updated 4 minutes ago

The Latest: Stan Wawrinka welcomes Agassi's return

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova clenches her fist as she plays Germany's Angelique Kerber during their first round of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Paris. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Photo: The Associated Press)

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):

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2:08 p.m.

Angelique Kerber is the first women's No. 1 seed to lose in the French Open's first round in the Open era.

Kerber lost 6-2, 6-2 to the 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

Makarova broke Kerber's serve twice in the opening set and did so again in the second, racing into a 3-0 lead.

Kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the German immediately dropped her serve again.

There was another rapid exchange of breaks before Makarova sealed the result on her first match point with a forehand down the line after recovering from 40-0 down.

Kerber now has just two wins from her past four tournaments.

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1:41 p.m.

One of the hot topics at Roland Garros this year has been the return of Andre Agassi.

The eight-time major champion has been hired by Novak Djokovic as part of his coaching team as the former top-ranked Serb tries to turn around his form.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open champion, told a press conference thatAgassi's return is "great for tennis" because "he's a great champion."

But don't expect Wawrinka to jump for joy if he crosses paths with Agassi in Paris. As a youngster, Wawrinka cheered for Agassi's biggest rival.

"I really was a (Pete) Sampras fan, to tell you the truth," he said.

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1:20 p.m.

Top-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany has lost the first set of her opening match at the French Open.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, who is ranked 40th, broke twice early on to go into a 6-2 lead.

No female top-seeded player has ever lost in the opening round at Roland Garros in the Open era, which started in 1968.

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1 p.m.

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 31st-seeded Vinci, who ended Serena Williams' hopes of a calendar year Grand Slam by beating her in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2015, lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to Olympic champion Monica Puig.

It's the fourth consecutive year that Vinci lost her opening match at the clay-court Grand Slam.

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12:28 p.m.

Petra Kvitova has made a winning return to tennis as she became the first player to reach the second round of the French Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion struggled to hold back the tears after beating 86th-ranked Julie Boserup of the United States 6-3, 6-2.

Kvitova said: "I think it doesn't really matter how I played but I won."

The match, which

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