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The unlikely five: Angelique Kerber joins dubious list of first-round Slam losers

Angelique Kerber made history Sunday — of course it was the dubious kind. The two-time Grand Slam champion suffered a lopsided loss against Ekaterina Makarova in the opening round of the French Open. It was an all-around ugly performance from Kvitova, who fell to 19-13 on the year and without a title of any kind. Here’s a look at the Open era history of the top-ranked women who have fallen in the first round of a Grand Slam: 2017 French Open: Ekaterina Makarova def. Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-2 Kerber has not been playing well, and she came into the French Open with little confidence that she’d fare well on clay. Turns out her feeling became reality when the No. 1-ranked German lost Sunday in only 1 hour, 22 minutes. Afterward, a defeated Kerber told the press that pressure has been a factor in her downfall. “This year, I mean, the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams. And…

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