Kozlova dumps champion Ostapenko

Kristopher Nichols
May 31, 2018

Undone by 48 unforced errors and more than a dozen double faults against Kozlova, she lost 7-5, 6-3 at Roland Garros, where Kozlova seemingly played the low-expectations role of 2017's Ostapenko, who took the Open by storm during her run to a title.

In her only previous appearance in the main draw in Paris, last year, she lost in the first round.

"It was awful day", she told reporters afterwards.

Seeded second at a major for the first time in his career, Zverev is billed to meet 10-times champion Rafael Nadal in the June 10 final.

Ostapenko, the defending champion at Roland Garros, lost in straight sets.

US Open champion Sloane Stephens was clearly in a hurry, dropping just two games in a 6-2 6-0 win over Arantxa Rus of Holland.

Ostapenko, afterward admitted she was not at the races. Ostapenko says she has a better understanding of what comes with being a grand slam champion.

Serena Williams, owner of three French Open titles and 23 major singles trophies overall, returns to Grand Slam action for the first time since winning the 2017 Australian Open - and first time since giving birth to a daughter last September.

France's Alize Cornet is also through to the second round, beating 2012 runner-up Sara Errani of Italy 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. "When you are playing the match, sometimes you are not feeling the pain". I just woke up here and my mood was not wonderful. few things go wrong and you are pissed off but you try to stay positive.

Kozlova hit three aces and had six double faults, while Ostapenko had five aces and 13 faults.

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The 37-year-old ninth seed was well short of her best as Wang claimed a 6-4, 7-5 victory and gained a measure of revenge for her first-round loss to Venus at Roland Garros last year.

Second seed Alexander Zverev got his French Open title bid off to the ideal start with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

Kyrgios's withdrawal meant that eight places in the first round were opened up to lucky losers.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina recovered from 5-1 down, saving a set point, to blow away Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

"I failed to play to my level, and she played well in the match", said Zheng.

Williams appeared to be getting back into her match when she grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second set.

Venus Williams and rain are on the schedule as the year's second Grand Slam tournament is set to start at Roland Garros.

"I only heard I was playing an hour before the match", said Safwat. There are no flawless days in tennis.

Two of the four highest-seeded men are also supposed to play: No. 2 Alexander Zverev and No. 4 Grigor Dimitrov.

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