Angelique Kerber is on Record Book
Kerber of Germany was shocked at Roland Garros on the first day of the major tournament, losing 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation. The 29-year-old was displaced at the top of the rankings by Serena Williams in April, a week after the American announced her pregnancy. “So I want to improve my game to play the best and to have some great results”. And that placed her in the history. “This match is special to me”, said Kvitova.
Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.
Makarova is now ranked 40th in the world, but she has been as high as No. 8 in the past and she reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2014 and the Australian Open in 2015.
Mattek-Sands, a doubles champion at Roland Garros two years ago, is back in the third round of the French Open for the first time since 2013 and will next face Samantha Stosur. It was a tough first round.I had a few chance in the first set and also in the second set, and I didn’t make it.
“I didn’t really have expectations here”.
Kerbers strokes were off against Makarova, who has reached two major semifinals but never been past the fourth round in Paris.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after missing a shot against Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.
Kerber had only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set and didnt even earn a break point until the last game, which Makarova won, anyway.
On a more encouraging note, Petra Kvitova pulled off a convincing routing of Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 on her return from a devastating injury. But that was about it.
The American then came from 3-0 down to win the breaker, a thumping backhand return victor earning a set point that was converted with an unreturned serve, but left the court for treatment after moving ahead. “I think I played well after six months off”, said Kvitova, adding that she regarded herself as a victor already.
Kvitova had made a quicker than expected recovery from the career-threatening injury sustained to her left, playing hand to compete at Roland Garros. She was knocked out of the 2016 French Open in round three by America’s Shelby Rogers. “Gave her a big hug”.
Her parents, Jiri and Pavla, and brothers, Jiri and Libor, were in the stands on Court Philippe Chatrier, with her team decked out in matching T-shirts saying “Courage, Belief, Pojd (‘Come on” in Czech)’.