French Open 2017 Day 1, Highlights: Angelique Kerber stunned in opening round; Kvitova wins on return; Thiem, Venus into second round

The big result from French Open on Day 1 saw Angelique Kerber exiting in the first round for a second year.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 29, 2017 12:53:02 am
French Open 2017 Day 1: Angelique Kerber fell in the opening round for a second straight year.

French Open on Day 1 started with an emotional story of Petra Kvitova taking court and she soon made it incredible by winning in straight sets – five months after being attacked with a knife at her home. The biggest result for the day however was an upset of World No 1 Angelique Kerber losing to Ekaterina Makarova in the opening round. Kerber thus became the first number one seed to lose in the first round of French Open in the Open Era. In other key results, Dominic Thiem made little of Bernard Tomic, Venus Williams won in straight sets and Svetlana Kuznetsova also wasn’t bothered for long by big hitting Christina McHale. (Men’s Singles Results | Women’s Singles Results)

French Open 2017, Day 1, score and updates: 

0035 hrs IST: Cibulkova closes it out in the end with a little blip. But on the whole it has been a comfortable outing for the Slovak. She wins 6-2, 6-1

2333 hrs IST: In an all French affair, Lucas Pouille comes out on top against Julien Benneteau. In a marathon 3hrs and 21 minute contest, he wins it 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

2313 hrs IST: Venus Williams was made to work hard but makes most of her experience and big groundstrokes to beat the Chinese player 6-4, 7-6

2238 hrs IST: All even at 5-5 in the second set between Venus and Wang

2220 hrs IST: Venus Williams comes back from 2-4 down in the opening set to take it 6-4 over Qiang Wang. In the second set, the Chinese no. 3 has a 4-2 lead in the second set

2208 hrs IST: Nice words by Boserup who lost to Kvitova earlier today

2100 hrs IST: Dominic Thiem is through to the second round with much ease. Wins it 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 with Tomic providing little challenge to the Austrian

2030 hrs IST: Thiem demolishes Tomic in the second. BAGEL! 6-0 in just 15 minutes. That’s the first bagel of the tournament.

2020 hrs IST: Tomic sends a simple volley wide and Thiem gets a double break in the second. Up 3-0

2014 hrs IST: Dominic Thiem takes the opening set 6-4 over Tomic. Single break of serve is all that he needed

1957 hrs IST: Over on Sezanne-Lenglen, the focus is on Dominic Thiem against Bernard Tomic. The Austrian leads 4-2 having secured a single break of serve

1945 hrs IST: Grigor Dimitrov gets the job done over Robert. Wins 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

1920 hrs IST: Meanwhile Order of Play out for Day 2. Bizarrely Nadal is second on Suzanne-Lenglen and not on Chartrier – the main stadium:

1914 hrs IST: 2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beats USA’s Christina McHale 7-5, 6-4. Other completed matches see Japan’s Taro Daniel beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and Carreno Busta down Mayer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

1907 hrs IST: Grigor Dimitrov takes a two set to love lead over Robert. The Bulgarian is now 6-2, 6-3 up

1836 hrs IST: A look around the courts. Dimitrov leads Frenchman Robert 6-2, 2-1 on Chatrier, Kuznetsova up 7-5, 4-2 vs McHale on Suzanne-Lenglen, ATP Next Gen player Daniil Medvedev and local Bonzi are one set all

1758 hrs IST: Stan Wawrinka has spoken on Agassi’s return in Djokovic’s corner. The Swiss who won the French Open in 2015 said Agassi’s return is “great for tennis” because “he’s a great champion.” However, he was more of a Sampras fan than an Agassi supporter. “I really was a (Pete) Sampras fan, to tell you the truth,” he said.

1750 hrs IST: HOT DAMN!

1725 hrs IST: Makarova serving for the match. Goes 0-40 down but comes back to save them all and bring the game back to Deuce. Kerber forces Makarova into an error and has another chance to extend this match. The Russian is 5-2 up. And once again Kerber with a dismal service return. Back to deuce. Angelique pushes Makaraova into the backhand corner and the short reply is dispatched for a winner. Break point. Sublime cross court winner from Makarova and we’re back to deuce. Kerber moving the ball around from left and right and puts away a fairly short response for a forehand into the corner. Another break chance. And another one goes begging. Makarova comes to the net but Kerber’s backhand hits the top of the tape. Deuce. Break point Kerber. Once again Makarova stretched on the serve. And once again Kerber failing to close it out. Back to deuce. Good serve down the tee and Kerber fails to return. Match point Makarova. Russian with a thumping winner down the line and Makarova wins 6-2, 6-2! Kerber is out in the first round of French Open for a second year in a row

1716 hrs IST: Kerber with a chance to get the break back but Makarova saves the first chance with a well constructed point finished off with a drive volley and then forcing the German into an error. But there’s another chance for Kerber to break but a short return on the serve brings about a deep return from Makarova and then drive volley into open court for a winner. Makarova with another error and another chance for Kerber. Been a poor game from the Russian while serving on the Deuce court. Uh-oh! A double fault and Kerber breaks right back. Three breaks in a row. Kerber now 4-2 up

1710 hrs IST: Kerber sends her cross court forehand into the tramlines and Makarova goes 4-1 up

1705 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Del Potro’s scheduled press conference for a little while back has been cancelled. However there is no threat to his participation at Roland Garros

1704 hrs IST: Makarova is quick off the blocks. She’s up 3-0 already in the second set but Kerber is still fighting to keep this contest going. Thumping forehand and backhand down the line to save two break points. 3-1

1641 hrs IST: Makarova serving for the opening set. She has a chance to close out the first set but fails to do so. And then Kerber gets an opportunity to break but the backhand is well long. Another chance for the German to keep this set going as Makarova’s forehand fails to jump over the let chord. Once again it is saved. The Russian holds through and she wins the opening set 6-2 in 33 minutes

1633 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Monica Puig beats Roberta Vinci in the opening round. A 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win for the Olympic gold medallist

1630 hrs IST: Makarova holds and she’s up 5-1 in the first set. Kerber serving to stay in the first set

1624 hrs IST: Another forehand unforced error by Kerber as Makarova takes 2-1 lead in the first set. The Russian has started with aggressive intent as the two left-handers face off each other.

1610 hrs IST: Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova match underway at the Philippe-Chatrier court. Kerber loses first game point with forehand forced error.

1553 hrs IST: Petra Kvitova wins the opening round 6-3, 6-2 over Julia Boserup. Meanwhile, Vinci fightbacks as she wins the second set 6-3. 

1543 hrs IST: Boserup wins the sixth game of the second set as Kvitova loses the game with a backhand forced error. However, the Czech leads 4-2 and will serve next for the seventh game. On court 14, Brengle fights back as she wins the second set 6-3.

1534 hrs IST: Good news that rain has stopped and Kvitova and Boserup are back in the middle. A fist pump by the American as she wins the third game point with a forehand winner.

1530 hrs IST: Oh-oh! We have a spoiler as rain stops play. Both the players are waiting for rain to stop. So far, Kvitova leads 6-2, 2-0 while Zeballos leads 6-5.

1525 hrs IST: Good rally between Kvitova and Boserup before the American hits it outside the court.

1520 hrs IST: Kvitova is looking remarkably superb as she wins the set point with a cross-court backhand winner. Looks as if she is ready to take down anything as she has taken the first set on the biggest stage of all. While Vinci making a comeback as she leads 2-0 in the second game against Puig

1514 hrs IST: Kvitova just cruised through another service game and is now just one game away from taking this first set against Boserup. Czech to serve for game point. From court 17, easy first set win for Bacsinszky.

1508 hrs IST: Just a normal press conference for Del Potro, no concern over his fitness or his participation. Easy first set win for Puig as she beats Roberta Vinci 6-2

1500 hrs IST: Vinci to serve as she trails 2-5 against Monica Puig. On court 3, Ram Vinolas trails 0-3 against unseeded Copil

1452 hrs IST: Seeded Albert Ramos Viñolas of Argentina trails 0-1 against Marius Copil. Boserup wins the game point with a backhand smash, reduces the lead to 1-3. On Court 17, Bacsinszky cruising towards first set win over Spain’s Sorribes Tormo leads 4-0

1449 hrs IST: Juan Martin Del Potro to address media in an hour. Chances of him pulling out of the tournament due to a backache and shoulder pain. 

1440 hrs IST: The match between Petra Kvitova and Julia Boserup is underway on the Philippe-Chatrier court and the Czech has won first two games and leads 2-0. While on court 2, Puig leads 2-1 against Vinci.

1430 hrs IST: Horacio Zeballos of Argentina is count and will be facing France’s Mannarino at the Suzanne-Lenglen court. Meanwhile, Rio Olympic gold medal winner Monica Puig is all set to take on Italy’s Roberta Vinci.

1420 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Day 1 of French Open 2017. Second Gran Slam of the year is up for grab and we can see some dark horses taken on top seeds for some upsets. Novak Djokovic will be looking to defend his title which he won defeating Andy Murray while Rafa Nadal will be looking to win his tenth clay title.

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