Angelique Kerber said the other day she wanted to fall in love with clay.
What a jilted lover.
The No. 1 seed lost in straight sets to Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 6-2 opening Roland Garros.
This was the first time a women’s No. 1 seed lost in the first round of the French Open and Kerber joins Stephan Edberg, who did it on the men’s side in 1990.
“Well, that’s unbelievable,” Makarova said when informed of her place in the history books.
Kerber was not in this at all. With only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set. She didn’t earn a break point until the last game, which was won by Makarova.
It just wasn’t her day.
And it’s shaping up to not be her year. After winning both Australia and the US Opens last season and finishing in the finals at Wimbledon, Kerber became the No. 1 seed. However, she lost in the first round last year, as well, but not as No. 1.
With Serena Williams being out for the year with her pregnancy, Kerber was supposed to take the mantle up, but she has only won one tournament all year.
Now it’s onto the grass court season and Wimbledon for Kerber and now the women’s draw gets even more side open with Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka not playing and Kerber bring knocked out.