Three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber already is gone from the French Open with a 3rd consecutive first-round loss.
The 26th-seeded Kerber was overwhelmed 6-2, 6-Four to Anhelina Kalinina, a qualifier from Ukraine ranked 139th making her match debut.
Roland Garros is the one Grand Slam title that Kerber hasn’t received, and she or he’s often struggled on its pink clay.
Her defeat on Court docket 14 on the opening Sunday was the eighth time in 14 appearances in Paris that she has exited within the first spherical.
Kerber’s finest leads to Paris had been reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2018.
She received the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.
Again in its normal Might-June slot, the French Open is getting underway with Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka opening play on the Court docket Philippe Chatrier.
Simply seven months after he received his 13th title at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal is once more the favourite to take a 14th French Open crown that might give him 21 main titles, yet one more than Roger Federer.
Final 12 months’s match was held exceptionally in autumn in Paris due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Neither Nadal nor the 2020 girls’s champion, Iga Swiatek, are enjoying on the opening Sunday.
4-time main winner Osaka leads the ladies’s motion, in opposition to Romanian Patricia Tig.
Two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem follows them on Chatrier, in opposition to Pablo Andujar of Spain.