Top seed Kerber suffers historic French Open defeat

Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her first round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova

Meanwhile, world number one Angelique Kerber went down 6-2 6-2 to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

Kerber lost in the first round at Roland Garros previous year when she was seeded third behind Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Entering the match, Kerber had never won against a top 20 player at the event, with seven losses in seven matches.

Cutting a troubled figure on court a world away from the feisty baseliner who last season battled her way to two Grand Slam titles, Kerber lacked the pace and power to trouble her fellow left-hander. At the end maybe it's good that it's over for me.

Past year in December, Kvitova suffered severe injuries to her playing hand after she was attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in Czech Republic.

Kerber isn't known as a strong clay player and proved it again Sunday.

Kerber stated that the only way to regain the form that saw her rise to the top of the WTA rankings is through competitive action.

"I won the match today but I knew I had already won", she added in reference to the initial nightmare scenario in which she feared she'd lose the fingers on her left playing hand. It's a tough first round. "I mean, I believed in the second set, as well, that I can turn around the match and I was still believing until the last point".

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She said: "I thought it was 4-3". Is that something that needs to change for you to play your best?

"Last year it was a completely different year".

"The pressure is always there".

The expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the grand slams. I have to find myself again and try to forget the clay season as soon as possible, and reset for the grass season again.

Kvitova needed only one hour and 13 minutes to move into the second round, where she'll face either Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina. The great thing about the Australian is that when he plays to his capabilities he can beat most players on tour, but he has not shown that level of tennis for quite some time. "I'm like, 'What is the score?' He's like, '5-4.' I'm like, 'Oh, good.' And he looked at me like I was from another planet". 'When we had a little bit of a break when the rain came, then I caught the racket and it was a little bit weird, but after one point was everything OK. "But, yeah, now I can not changing anymore and trying to looking forward".

Serena Williams being out of the 2017 French Open after her pregnancy announcement was supposed to make the women's side of the draw wide open - but not this wide open. "It's unbelievable to win and to do it on my first appearance on Philippe Chatrier court as a singles player after nine years of coming to Paris", said Makarova, a former semi-finalist at the Australian and US Opens.

The Russian was thrilled with her victory.

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