World No1 Angelique Kerber is on a mission to "find herself again" after she crashed out of the French Open first round for a fifth time in her career, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Russian world No40 Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. After being attacked in her home last December and sustaining potential career-ending injuries to her forehand left wrist and hand, the 27-year-old player underwent several surgeries and started rehabilitation. "It's great and she's looking happy". I surprised myself with the forehand victor straightaway. Kvitova held serve with a backhand victor to lead 1-0.
Only in recent days did Kvitova decide to enter the French Open. The 36-year-old American will play Kurumi Nara of Japan in the next round. The Czech was looking for a double break with a return backhand victor down the line.
"The first point was unbelievable".
Normal service appeared to have been resumed, however, when the seven-time grand slam victor broke quickly back and went on to win the first set. A few hours later, Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard for her second Wimbledon title.
Leading 5-2 into her service, Makarova sealed the victory with a powerful forehand to deny Kerber's quest for the Suzanne Lenglen trophy.
David Goffin of Belgium has beaten French qualifier Paul Henri-Mathieu in straight sets to reach the second round of the French Open.
Makarova nailed three games in a row into the second set, before Kerber broke in the fourth game in an unfamiliar manner.
Kvitova began things with a quick forehand victor on the opening point. Nevertheless, on the fifth set point of asking, the 15th seed produced a sweet forehand victor to take the opening set 6-3.
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"I'm still enjoying to playing tennis and trying to learn from this moment".
The 23-year-old Thiem is an outside favorite to win the tournament.
Earlier on the same court, Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon singles champion, had spilled tears of joy during a postmatch interview.
Once again, Boserup was under pressure but there was a slight rain delay which halted play for five minutes. She is seeded 15th in Paris. In the last game, Kerber held seven break points but Makarova fought off each one despite, she said, "fighting with my emotion".
It looks like it might only be a brief shower as players have not left the eight courts where matches are being played. The former world number two produced a good return with an error out wide from Boserup. 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.
Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing victor, leaning forward and yelling as she got within 3-1. The 15th seed also outmatched Boserup in the winners department.
Kvitova hit a total of 31 winners and possessed a dominating 9-0 advantage in aces.