Ker­ber bounced in first round of French Open

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

PARIS – A French Open al­ready miss­ing Ser­ena Wil­liams and Maria Shara­pova is now with­out No. 1-ranked An­gelique Ker­ber, too, lend­ing even more of a feel­ing that the women’s cham­pi­onship is any­one’s to win. Ker­ber has not been play­ing at all like one of the best at what she does, and on Sun­day she be­came the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open’s first round in the pro­fes­sional era.

Ker­ber, who re­placed Wil­liams atop the WTA rank­ings this month, was gone from Roland Gar­ros by lunchtime on Day 1, putting up lit­tle re­sis­tance while be­ing beaten 6-2, 6-2 by 40th-ranked Eka­te­rina Makarova of Rus­sia. It’s the lat­est in a string of early ex­its for Ker­ber, who reached her first three ma­jor fi­nals in 2016.

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