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SportKerber, Williams crash out of French Open

03:35  27 may  2019
03:35  27 may  2019 Source:   skysports.com

3-time Grand Slam champion Kerber loses opener in Paris

3-time Grand Slam champion Kerber loses opener in Paris Angelique Kerber won't complete a career Grand Slam this year. Still hampered by a right ankle injury, the three-time Grand Slam winner lost in the first round of the French Open on Sunday as the clay-court major began with an upset. The fifth-seeded German lost 6-4, 6-2 to an 18-year-old Roland Garros beginner, Russian Anastasia Potapova, on Court Philippe Chatrier. Kerber's preparations for Roland Garros, where she never advanced past the quarterfinals, were hampered by the injury she suffered at the Madrid Open last month. "Of course this is not my excuse and everything," Kerber said. "I tried my best.

'But I think that everybody thought this because Roland Garros announced it. It was not the last one for me.' Former champion Ana Ivanovic Share or comment on this article: Serena Williams through after Magdalena Rybarikova win as Victoria Azarenka and Angelique Kerber crash out of French Open .

Kerber 's preparations for Roland Garros , where she never advanced past the quarterfinals, were hampered by a right ankle injury she suffered at the Madrid Open . Kerber won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.

Kerber, Williams crash out of French Open© Getty Angelique Kerber was one of two high-profile exits at the French Open on Sunday

Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams headlined the early exits from the women's draw after day one at the French Open in Paris.

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This year's tournament did not have long to wait for the first of its upsets as fifth seed Kerber's disappointing clay-court record, coupled with an ankle injury that has seen her only just return from a month, were both in evidence.

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The German, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has won the Australian Open, the US Open and Wimbledon but there will be no career Grand Slam this year as teenage Russian Anastasia Potapova blew her away with an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory.

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Kerber , who won in New York in 2016, hauled herself back into the match after losing the first set narrowly by comfortably winning the second without losing a game. However, she went an early break down in the third and despite restoring parity, the German was unable to hold serve at 4-4.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has been dumped out of the first round at Roland Garros , losing 6-2 3-6 6-3 to Kiki Bertens. Kerber stunned Serena Williams to clinch the title in Melbourne in January, but emulated Li Na and Stan Wawrinka by following up her maiden grand slam

"The year has been with up-and-downs and right now I lost here the first round, so what should I say?," said Kerber who suffered her third first round exit in the last four years in Paris.

"I'm disappointed, but I tried everything the last two weeks to be here to play a match, and I was happy about the process the last days, but at the end, I didn't have real match practice."

The former world no 1, who could have returned to the top of the rankings with a title triumph, suffered an ankle injury earlier this month and with just two matches on clay behind her she was no match for Potapova who faces fellow Russian teenager Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.

It was a similar story but in very different circumstances for 2002 runner-up Williams, who was beaten by ninth seed Elina Svitolina in a high-profile first round match-up.

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Angelique Kerber became the first women's top seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round of the French Open on Sunday. It is a second consecutive first-round loss at Roland Garros for Kerber , who won the Australian Open and US Open titles last year and reached the Wimbledon final.

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams are both out of the French Open after a dramatic day at Roland Garros . Serena lets out something close to a roar with two rocket-powered shots in the second game of the second set, but that’s as far as her resistance goes in that one as Kenin steams back in

Twenty-two years after her debut, Williams was handed about as tough a draw as she could have expected as an unseeded player and the 39-year-old went down 6-3 6-3.

Injury problems have seen Williams slide down to 52 in the rankings and having racked up a catalogue of unforced errors she failed to make any inroads on Svitolina who put injury problems of her own behind her.

"Sometimes in a few matches in the past two months, I was not thinking about what I had to do on court. I was more away with the fairies," she admitted.

"But I learned a lot during these two months, and I tried to have the right mindset which was going to help me to handle this. And today it was a good example that I can do it."

Alongside Svitolina, world no 2 Karolina Pliskova is arguably the best player yet to claim a major Grand Slam singles title and having beaten Johanna Konta to the Rome title last weekend she arrives in form

Nishikori downs Tsonga to reach French Open third round

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Naomi Osaka’s winning grand slam run came to a disappointing end in a straight-sets defeat to Katerina Siniakova in the third round of the French Open .

MATTHEW LAMBERT AT ROLAND GARROS : It is the second year in a row Kerber has fallen at the first hurdle in the French Open . This 6-2, 6-2 defeat to As Kerber acknowledged after the match, she lacks the firepower to hit her way out of trouble. 'My game is that I have to be moving good, fighting

The Czech eased past American Madison Brengle 6-2 6-3 to join last year's runner-up Sloane Stephens in the second round - Stephens beating Misaki Doi 6-3 7-6.

Former champion Garbine Muguruza, who triumphed in Paris in 2016, had the honour of playing the first match on the new show court against Simonne Mathieu, but she had to do things the hard way.

The Spaniard, seeded 19th this year, was forced to recover from a set down to defeat Taylor Townsend 5-7 6-2 6-2, while Belinda Bencic and Petra Martic were among the other seeds in action and both had it relatively easy to advance in straight sets.

Kerber, Williams crash out of French Open
Kerber, Williams crash out of French Open
Kerber, Williams crash out of French Open
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