Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko loses in french Open first round

May 31, 2018, 18:11
Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko loses in french Open first round

The Latvian was unable to repeat the heroics of past year, when she became the first unseeded women's champion since 1933, as she lost 7-5, 6-3 to the Ukrainian on the main Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros.

Ostapenko was sent packing today in straight sets by 24 year-old Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova, World number 62.

This is the first time since 2001, that Venus has lost in the first round in Paris and the sole time in her career that she has lost in the opening round of consecutive Grand Slams.

The Swiss player, who will slip from 30th in the world to outside the top 250 after the tournament, has been plagued by a knee injury and arrived at the year's second major having won just one match on clay in Geneva - his first event in three months - last week.

Ostapenko, afterward admitted she was not at the races.

Wang, ranked 85, had lost to Williams in the first round in Paris a year ago and also at Wimbledon a few weeks later.

The 25-year-old will next face either Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech or Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, both of whom are ranked outside the top 100.

Other leading men were forced to work a lot harder in matches they would have been expected to breeze through: No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 19 Kei Nishikori all faced two-sets-to-one deficits and all emerged to win Wednesday.

Alize Cornet advanced in her homeland, while fellow seeds Barbora Strycova and Anett Kontaveit came through their opening matches.

Nobody plans on this [successive first round Slam defeats]. The last Egyptian man to play at a major tournament was Tamer El Sawy at the 1996 U.S. Open. I mean, in general, I played maybe, like, 20 percent of what I can play.

"I'm happy when I see players that I've shared courts, practice, matches from juniors".

"I dealt with it as best I could".

The American, who lost in the first round at the Australian Open in January, hit 17 winners and spent just 49 minutes on court on Day 1 in Paris.

"She just played well", Williams said. "When you are playing the match, sometimes you are not feeling the pain".

"Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play five sets on clay, especially as I have not played a singles match in almost two months", Kyrgios wrote on Twitter.

Rus was in the first round as a "lucky loser".

Nadal beat 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in the final for his record-extending 10th championship at Roland Garros.

The 20-year-old Latvian experienced very different emotions in Paris on Sunday, losing 7-5 6-3 to the unheralded Kozlova.

Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, has already had something of a surprise run in coming through qualifying to make the main draw.

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