Evgeniya Rodina

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is upset at French Open; Venus Williams advances

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is upset at French Open; Venus Williams advances

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...

72°