Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki misplaced within the French Open first spherical in opposition to world No 68 Veronika Kudermetova.
Wozniacki, a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, was crushed 0-6 6-Three 6-Three by the 22-year-old Russian debutant.
The 2018 Australian Open champion started confidently, successful the opening seven video games of the match, however was damaged thrice within the second set earlier than Kudermetova accomplished the spectacular turnaround
Wozniacki, who revealed on the finish of final season she had been recognized with rheumatoid arthritis, arrived at Roland Garros with simply 4 victories on clay this season after she withdrew in Madrid and Rome with a again and a calf damage respectively.
“I played really well in the first set. I played aggressive. I played the way I wanted to play,” Wozniacki stated.
“And then I think she got very lucky at the start of the second set and took advantage of the opportunities she got. I think I just lost a little steam in the end.”
The Dane, whose defeat was her third within the first spherical since her debut in 2007, joined former Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova to endure an early exit.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulled out of the match hours earlier than her scheduled first-round match in opposition to Sorana Cirstea due to forearm damage.
Kudermetova, who made her Grand Slam singles debut at this yr’s Australian Open, will face Kazakh world No 99 Zarina Diyas or France’s Audrey Albie, ranked 289th, within the second spherical.
In the meantime, Dutch fourth seed Kiki Bertens defeated France’s world No 66 Pauline Parmentier 6-Three 6-4.
Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty beat American world No 72 Jessica Pegula 6-Three 6-Three however German 18th seed Julia Goerges was knocked out by unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi 7-5 6-1.