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Angelique Kerber falls to Ekaterina Makarova at 2017 French Open

29 May 2017

I mean, it was my best year, but also last year when I played tournaments on clay, I was not playing so well.

Angelique Kerber could face an embarrassing first-round exit at the French Open if the world number one takes her poor clay court form into her first round match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.

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.

With only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set.

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Venus Williams, a straight-sets victor Sunday, made her 20th appearance at the French Open, the most by any woman in the Open era. "And the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did past year". I mean, also previous year this was not the best weeks for me. "And the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did previous year", said Kerber, who won two of the three major finals she reached in 2016. "It's kind of - I don't want to say 'open, ' because everyone's really good, but - very competitive", Rogers said, "and there's not like that dominating force".

"So then, of course, I'm not feeling good from the defence".

Along with Makarova, her fellow countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova also wins her opening round match.

Meanwhile, nine-time victor Rafael Nadal of Spain has been drawn on a path that could see him face the defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, in the semifinals. Always expected to be a tough match, Makarova saved 14 of 16 break points she faced and held on to win the opening round 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 22 minutes. Kerber lost her opener in Stuttgart where she was the defending champion, suffered a thigh injury in the third round in Madrid and lost first time out in Rome.

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The French Open was not a day old by the time that Dan Evans had proved beyond doubt that his relationship with clay court tennis is fractious and Angelique Kerber proved that her relationship with success is fragile.

"I was also fighting with my emotions not to wait for a mistake (by Kerber)", Makarova said at courtside.

It was an all-around ugly performance from Kvitova, who fell to 19-13 on the year and without a title of any kind.

Petra Kvitova swept to a tearful French Open victory on Sunday in her first match since surviving a horrifying knife attack which nearly ended her career. Hingis won only two games in the 55-minute match and was bageled in the 2nd set. "I did not really know what to expect and he can hit really hard with his forehand and backhand".

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Kvitova's eyes welled with tears at the end of her 6-3, 6-2 win against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States.

Angelique Kerber falls to Ekaterina Makarova at 2017 French Open