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Kerber suffers French Open exit

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Angelique Kerber became the first top-ranked women's player in the Open era to lose in the opening round of the French Open at Roland Garros.

Russian Ekaterina Makarova beat the world No 1 thanks to a 6-2 6-2 success in an hour and 22 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier.

It was the second consecutive first-round loss at Roland Garros for Kerber, who won the Australian Open and US Open titles last year and reached the Wimbledon final.

Kerber fell a double break down to trail 5-1 in the opening set to her Russian opponent who she was facing for the 12th time.

Makarova, now ranked 40 after reaching a career high of eight, kept Kerber at arm's length and opened up a double break for 3-0 in the second set.

Four successive breaks of serve followed before Makarova saved seven break points in the crucial eighth game before she completed a stunning win.

Kerber, 29, who won the Australian Open and US Open, and was the Wimbledon runner-up in 2016, dropped serve six times and made 25 unforced errors against an opponent who has reached just one WTA Tour final all year.

"It's unbelievable to win and to do it on my first appearance on Philippe Chatrier court as a singles player after nine years of coming to Paris," said Makarova, a former semi-finalist at the Australian and US Opens.

"At the end of the match, it was really tough as I knew she wouldn't give it to me - I had to win it."

Makarova goes on to face either Lesia Tsurenko or Kateryna Kozlova, both of the Ukraine.

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