French Open, Day 1: Angelique Kerber out, Kvitova makes comeback

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The reigning women's champion opens up the day facing the unlikely but very popular victor from 2009. I mean, also previous year this [clay-court season] was not the best weeks for me. "I'm glad with how I played today".

"I'm here as I still have a lot to give". 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.

The rusty clay has always favoured Spaniards, and three (Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos Vinolas and Guillermo Garcia Lopez) veterans safely progressed to the next round.

French Open 2017 Day 1, Live Tennis Score: Angelique Kerber is contesting for her maiden French Open title.

The eighth-seeded Kuznetsova, who won the tournament in 2009, triumphed 7-5, 6-4 but had to check the score with the umpire toward the end. "This match is special to me", said Kvitova. I think that was the key for the match. So umpire got me really happy.

Thiem, who reached the semifinals past year, comfortably beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. But Granollers, the 31-year-old from Spain ranked 76, can be an awkward customer.

Nadal, the proclaimed "King of Clay", is favored to win though not by much. Grigor Dimitrov was victorious over Stephane Robert. "Frenchman Robert 6-2, 6-3 in 69 minutes to reach 2R". This after Ruzici took the first set 6-0. "Oh, that's incredible" - After the match, after recounting the history from the presenter, Makarova responded.

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Prediction: Thiem in straight sets.

"Of course everybody knows it's not my favourite surface, but we have to play on clay", she told a news conference.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova faces Zheng Saisai of China while French hope Kristina Mladenovic meets Jennifer Brady.

It is the fifth successive year that McHale has gone out in the first round at Roland Garros. This time the Russian Ekaterina Makarova defeated her and she did it in only an hour and 23 minutes, prevailing 6-2 6-2.

Kerber struggled with 25 unforced errors against just 16 winners, and won less than 50 percent of points behind her first serve.

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One of the hot topics at Roland Garros this year has been the return of Andre Agassi. But he's struggled since and, after parting ways with coach Boris Becker, then dumping the rest of his support team, he enlisted eight-time major champion Agassi to try his hand at a bit of coaching in Paris. Murray could meet the 2015 champion, third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, in the semifinals.

But don't expect Wawrinka to jump for joy if he crosses paths with Agassi in Paris. "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".

Kerber becomes only the fifth female No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round of a Grand Slam in the Open Era. Find us on Facebook too!

Australian Open semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni was upset 6-3 6-3 by Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay while 15-year-old American Amanda Anisimova was beaten on her grand slam debut, losing 3-6 7-5 6-4 to Kurumi Nara.

Makarova, who has made the fourth round here twice, was a tough opponent for a player who does not like clay and has reached just one WTA Tour final all year.

In the preceding match on Court Philippe Chatrier, Petra Kvitova was back competing in a tournament, less than six months after a knife attack at her home.

Madison Brengle of the United States defeated Germany's Julia Goerges 1-6, 6-3, 13-11 in a tie stretching to nearly three hours.

"I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won", Kvitova said.

Partly cloudy, brief rain.

The 2017 French Open is officially under way. The two-time Wimbledon champ cried after beating Julia Boserup.

One thing for sure about this unusual tennis year: it has not been good for the two players who have dominated the world No 1 positions.

The hand is still not ideal but crucially for the 15th seed she remains pain free. Yesterday started the French Open in the first round of the top of the selection of girls category.

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