World No.1 Angelique Kerber shows her disappointment after losing to Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the French Open tennis tournament.
World No.1 Angelique Kerber shows her disappointment after losing to Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the French Open tennis tournament. Petr David Josek

French upset clears path for Stosur

WORLD No.1 Angelique Kerber has been sensationally dumped out of the French Open in an exit which has implications for Sam Stosur.

The first women's top seed to crash at the first hurdle at Roland Garros in the Open era, the German was whipped 6-2 6-2 by Russian Ekaterina Markarova.

The result could conceivably make the draw easier for Stosur who was seeded to face Kerber in the fourth round but, on the evidence of her latest display, Makarova could be even more dangerous.

Ekaterina Makarova drills a forehand return in her upset win over Angelique Kerber in the opening round of the French Open tennis tournament.
Ekaterina Makarova drills a forehand return in her upset win over Angelique Kerber in the opening round of the French Open tennis tournament. CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Inflicting Kerber's 13th loss from only 32 matches this year, Makarova hit 27 winners to the German's 16 but had only 19 unforced errors to her opponent's 25.

In other opening round results, Olympic champion Monica Puig advanced 6-3 3-6 6-2 over Italian 31st seed Roberta Vinci, eighth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova downed American Christina McHale 7-5 6-4 while Swiss 30th seed Timea Bacsinszky thumped Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1 6-1.

A former semi-finalist in Paris, Bacsinszky next plays American Madison Brengle, a 1-6 6-3 13-11 victor over German Julia Georges.

And in a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams has eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over Qiang Wang of China.

Williams, who is seeded 10th, saved two set points in her 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory. The 36-year-old will play Kurumi Nara in the next round after the Japanese prevailed 3-6 7-5 6-4 over American wildcard Amanda Anisimova.



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