Jelena Ostapenko disappointed by French Open scheduling

French Open 2018: Venus Williams out but Elina Svitolina progresses

Meanwhile, China's Zheng Saisai, who underwent knee surgery after the U.S. Open past year, lost her first Grand Slam match after making her comeback from injury to Russia's doubles specialist Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1. I made like 50 unforced errors and so many double faults, and couldn't serve today.

"Actually, I have three blisters, but one was the worst, with blood", Kozlova said afterward.

Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina was a point away from dropping her first set at the French Open before taking eight consecutive games and coming back to beat 68th-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-3. "I just went to enjoy every moment on the court because, before, I was not sure if I will be able to play in French Open".

"I'm the number two seed but it doesn't mean anything as there are a lot of great players wanting to stop me", he said. But he is yet to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, and Ricardas Berankis will be hoping to emulate Fernando Verdasco's first-round win over Zverev in Paris 12 months ago.

The 23-year-old was seeded 21 and was due to play compatriot Bernard Tomic in the first round.

Arrival discreetly in Paris, the player baltic had discarded four heads series -the Australian Samantha Stosur first, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, the Swiss Timea Bacsinzky and, in the final, Romanian Simona Halep, current N. 1 in the world - when she was not even seeded (47th in the world).

US Open champion Sloane Stephens, the 10th seed, needed just 49 minutes to breeze past Arantxa Rus 6-2, 6-0.

"I only heard I was playing an hour before the match", said Safwat.

But the tournament isn't over yet for the 37-year-old Williams, who is scheduled to play in the women's doubles event with her sister, Serena Williams, for the first time since they won the 2016 Wimbledon title.

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She then recovered from 0-2 down in the set before claiming victory when Ostapenko buried a backhand in the net on a second match point.

The 29-year-old, a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, saw off her Chinese opponent 6-4, 6-1 out on Court Six in the sunshine at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka, who lost to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in last year's final, was beaten in a five-set thriller 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 by world No. 67 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

"Having consulted with my team and medical experts it is deemed too risky for me to step out and potentially play five sets on clay especially as I have not played a singles match in almost two months".

The No. 22 Johanna Konta of Britain was handed an early exit on the red clay of the French Open, beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

Other winners on the first day of Roland-Garros included Japan's Kei Nishikori, the second-seeded German Alexander Zverev and France's Gael Monfils.

"I'm happy when I see players that I've shared courts, practice, matches from juniors".

"I'm really disappointed and so angry", Ostapenko said.

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