Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko loses in french Open first round

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko loses in french Open first round

The ninth-seeded Williams has struggled on clay this season and that continued in a 6-4, 7-5 loss on Sunday.

Despite all of Novak Djokovic's success over the years - the 12 major championships, the career Grand Slam, the time ranked No. 1 - he still finds himself searching for self-confidence these days. This time around too, Ostapenko took everyone by surprise, albeit negatively.

Wawrinka, who lost to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in last year's final, was beaten in a five-set thriller 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 by world No. 67 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

But her game finally clicked back into gear during the United States hard court swing, where she beat defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko for the Miami Open title in March.

Other Grand Slam champions on the schedule include Venus Williams against Qiang Wang of China, and Sloane Stephens against Arantxa Rus of Netherlands.

"Obviously, it feels great". "As I said on the court, that I didn't expect anything from the match".

Russian Ekaterina Makarova claimed the first win of the 2018 French Open as she brushed aside Zheng Saisai in the first round.

"When I went on court today, I had this unbelievable pressure and felt I was not myself on court". So it was very important for me. "The result comes up and it's just unbelievable". In press conference, the Latvian admitted she had a "terrible day" at the office. "I tried to stay focused".

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"I have won two tournaments, made the finals in Rome; again, losing to Rafa in a close match".

Two matches have been left unfinished at the French Open as play was suspended Sunday night because of darkness.

In many ways, Ostapenko was her own undoing. We don't. We just try to play and win each point, each game. The 85th-ranked player was also beaten by Williams at Wimbledon a few weeks later and had never beaten her before Sunday.

The 25-year-old will next face either Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech or Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova, both of whom are ranked outside the top 100.

Ostapenko was a shadow of the player who defied the odds to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen past year. There are no flawless days in tennis.

"I only heard I was playing an hour before the match", said Safwat.

"I just want to be my best, that is all. nobody plans on this". "So it was really, really enjoyable for me".

Among the women, No. 1 Simona Halep shook off a slow start in a postponed first-round match to defeat Alison Riske of the USA 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, while second-round winners included reigning major champions Caroline Wozniacki and Sloane Stephens, along with No. 4 Elina Svitolina, No. 8 Petra Kvitova and No. 13 Madison Keys.

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