French Open 2017: Angelique Kerber loses to Ekaterina Makarova in first round

Angelique Kerber reacts

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
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Angelique Kerber became the first women’s top seed to go out in the first round of the French Open when she lost 6-2 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova.

The German, who also lost in the first round last year, has struggled this year and looked short of confidence.

Makarova, twice a Grand Slam semi-finalist and former top-10 player, dominated rallies from the start.

Kerber improved in the second set but the Russian, now ranked 40th, sealed a famous win in 82 minutes.

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French Open: Petra Kvitova wins first match following knife attack

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French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
Coverage: Listen to live radio commentary and follow text coverage of selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.

Petra Kvitova cried after winning her first match since being stabbed during a burglary at her home in December.

The Czech, 27, looked impressive in beating American Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 to reach round two of the French Open.

There were fears that the left hand injury suffered in the attack could have ended her career but she battled back to take her place in Paris.

The two-time Wimbledon champion said: “It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m happy I made the decision to play.”

The 15th seed won the opening point of the match with a cross-court forehand and only needed 74 minutes to overcome world number 86 Boserup.

“Thank you for everything, you helped me through this difficult time,” Kvitova told the crowd.

“I’m glad with how I played. There are a few things to improve but what can I expect after such a long time.”

A French Open semi-finalist in 2012, Kvitova will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands or Evgeniya Rodina in the next round.

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GB's Evans 'still finding way around' before French Open

Petra Kvitova

French Open
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May – 11 June
Coverage: Commentary on Kvitova v Boserup, Kerber v Makarova on 5 live sports extra; updates on Evans v Robredo on 5 live. Also follow text coverage of selected matches online.

Dan Evans will carry British hopes on day one of the French Open on Sunday, while Petra Kvitova returns to action following a knife attack in December.

British number four Evans takes on Spain’s Tommy Robredo on Court Two at about 15:00 BST.

Czech Kvitova, 27, opens play on the main Philippe Chatrier Court at 10:00 against American Julia Boserup.

She has recovered after an intruder caused damage to her playing hand during a break-in five months ago.

Kvitova will be followed onto court by Germany’s world number one Angelique Kerber, who has been struggling for form and faces a severe test against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.

I’m still finding my way around – Evans

Dan Evans

Evans is one of five British players in the singles draws at Roland Garros, with Andy Murray, Johanna Konta, Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund all set to start on Monday or Tuesday.

It will be a first appearance in the main draw for Evans, who has previously only played once each in the juniors and the qualifiers.

“I’m still finding my way around bit,” the 27-year-old from Solihull told BBC Sport.

He will start as an outsider against Robredo, a four-time quarter-finalist in Paris, but now 35 and ranked 271st.

Evans, meanwhile, has risen to 55 in the world and showed some form on the clay with two wins in Barcelona in April.

“I had a good week in Barcelona but obviously haven’t had any wins since, but I’ll keep trying hard and hopefully get one or two this week,” said Evans.

“Robredo’s been very good on clay, still is very good, and he’s the favourite going into it, but five sets are long matches and we’ll see what happens.”

Which round is easy here? – Kerber

Kvitova said on Friday that her left playing hand is “still not 100% ready”, but such is her eagerness to get back into action, the two-time Wimbledon champion is trying it out on the Paris clay.

“I’m happy that when I’m playing I don’t have pain in my hand,” said Kvitova, shortly after she had been drawn against Boserup, the world number 86.

“I didn’t test it in a match, of course. Maybe it will be different when the nerves comes and I’m going to be tight and everything. But so far it’s OK.”

In the absence on American Serena Williams, Russia’s Maria Sharapova and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the women’s tournament appears to be wide open.

Top seed Kerber has won just three matches on clay this year and is widely expected to struggle against Makarova, the world number 40.

“I think it’s for sure not an easy first round,” said Kerber.

“But, I mean, which round is easy here? You have to be ready from the first round, from the first point here.”

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French Open 2017: Kvitova 'wins biggest fight' with comeback

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova says she has already won her “biggest fight” by returning to action at the French Open following a knife attack at her home in December.

The Czech, 27, was stabbed by an intruder and suffered a career-threatening hand injury.

But the two-time Wimbledon champion was in Paris on Friday as her place in the first-round draw was confirmed.

“I knew this day would come. I’m really happy that I’m here, the dream comes true,” said Kvitova.

“I’m here in the draw and I’m here playing tennis again. It was a difficult time for me, of course. It wasn’t easy.

“I know that my hand is still not 100% ready, so we will see how everything goes, but I’m happy that I’m able to play again.”

Kvitova, a former semi-finalist at Roland Garros, will play world number 86 Julia Boserup of the US in the first round.

It will be her first competitive match since the Fed Cup in November and she enters the tournament with a WTA special ranking of 16 – her status at the time she last played.

Kvitova’s surgeon, Radek Kerble, described the injury she suffered as “horrific”, adding: “The chances of Petra’s hand healing well enough for her to be able to play tennis again were very low for multiple reasons.”

Petra Kvitova

However, she had a racquet in her hand again by March and, after initially targeting a return at Wimbledon, brought the date forward as her recovery went better than expected.

“It was a last-minute decision – I have to start somewhere,” said Kvitova.

“Not many people believe that I can play tennis again.

“So I’m happy that I can play. I actually already won my biggest fight.

“I’m happy that I like challenges. That was one of the biggest, of course.

“So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw.

“Of course the hand doesn’t have that power and the strength yet, but I’m working on it. Hopefully one day everything will be perfect. But we never know still.”

Kvitova is unable to discuss the attack, which took place in her apartment in Prostejov on 20 December, because of the ongoing police investigation, but said time is helping her cope with the shock.

“I didn’t sleep well the days after, but I wasn’t really staying alone,” she said.

“I don’t really have nightmares. From the beginning I was feeling really weird when I went into the city or somewhere.

“But with time, it’s better. But of course I’m more actively watching the people around me.”

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Watson fails to reach French Open main draw

Heather Watson

Heather Watson’s bid to qualify for the French Open ended in a comprehensive final-round defeat to Dutchwoman Richel Hogenkamp in Paris.

The 25-year-old British number two was never in contention in the match, going down 6-0 6-3 in one hour 10 minutes.

It continues a difficult season for Watson, who received treatment for what appeared to be a hip problem on Friday.

This is the first time she has missed out on the main draw at a Grand Slam since the Australian Open in 2011.

It took Watson 10 games to get on the board against world number 105 Hogenkamp but could not mount a comeback.

Johanna Konta is Britain’s only representative in the main draw of the women’s singles, with Naomi Broady and Tara Moore both having lost in the first round of qualifying.

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Murray to play Kuznetsov in French Open first round

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Britain’s world number one Andy Murray will play Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the French Open first round.

Murray has won both his previous meetings with Kuznetsov, the world number 85.

Johanna Konta, the British women’s number one and world number seven, will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei, ranked 109th in the world.

This year’s tournament at Roland Garros starts on Sunday.

More to follow.

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Australian Open to retain Margaret Court Arena

Margaret Court

Australian Open venue Margaret Court Arena will not be renamed despite the 24-time Grand Slam champion’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

The Australian, 74, now a Christian pastor, says she will not fly on Qantas “where possible” in protest of its support of same-sex marriage.

Tennis Australia stated that her personal views “are her own”.