French Open 2017: Top seed Kerber crashes out in opening round

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She remains a fierce competitor, and she still has her sense of humor. "There are a few things to improve but what can I expect after such a long time", she added.

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"I'm not sure. My father did not like it that I throw my racket, I think", Kvitova replied. She sustained damage to the tendons, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, during the attack. She will need to reevaluate her game before the second half of 2017.

This marked Kerber's 11th consecutive trip to the French Open with her best showing when she journeyed to the 2012 quarterfinals.

Also in seeded women's action, Timea Bacsinszky, the No. 30 seed, bested unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo in her opening match, 6-1, 6-2.

The Czech said: "It's weird. I mean, the pressure is always there", she told a news conference. "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". The fairy tale ended. I'm still enjoying to playing tennis.

But coming back at Roland Garros was probably a sensible decision, since the emotions at Wimbledon, where her expectations might be higher, could have been more hard to cope with. I'm happy with the game, of course, but it wasn't really about the game today.

"It's a really great tournament for me".

"On clay I'm not feeling so good especially on my movement. I think that my game still suits on the grass, and I will do my best to be there".

The 90th-ranked Nara defeated American teenager Amanda Anisimova, who was making her Grand Slam debut after reaching the junior final here past year, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

After the match, many current and former players congratulated Kvitova on her emotional win and her return to tennis.

There was a warm embrace between Kvitova and Mattek-Sands at the net after the American triumphed 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).

There was nothing positive for Kerber to take from her 6-2 6-2 loss to Ekaterina Makarova, as she became the first top seed in the women's draw to lose in the opening round at Roland Garros in the Open era. In two sets the German is in deep crisis, lost to Ekaterina Makarova (2:6, 2:6), which will be the next opponent for Lesia Tsurenko.

The 29-year-old Kerber has struggled this year, withdrawing from the Madrid Open with a thigh injury and going down in straight sets to qualifier Anna Kontaveit in Rome. We will have a house again in Wimbledon Village and will be similar to other years.