Roland Garros 2017 started with the return everyone was hoping for: that of Petra Kvitova. The Czech lefty came back a little earlier than planned, six months after having been cut to the hands during a home invasion, much to everyone’s joy.
She could not have dreamt of a better way to come back, as she defeated Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 in the opening match of the event. A happy moment for the former number two, who will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round.
The same cannot be said for world number one Angelique Kerber. The German, whose woes have been quite worrisome, became the first top seed female in the Open Era to fall in the first round of Roland Garros after being upset 6-2, 6-2 by Ekaterina Makarova. The Russian is a tough customer for any player when she’s on a good day; she became a nightmare for struggling Kerber.
Kerber was the first of three seeds to fall in the women’s draw on opening day. The N°22 seed, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, was ousted by Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay 6-3, 6-2, whereas Monica Puig topped 31st seed Roberta Vinci 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Nearly no surprises on the men’s side
On the men’s side, only one seed bit the dust on Day 1. Guillermo García-López had the better of 26th seed Gilles Muller 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-2.
Dominic Thiem , Grigor Dimitrov , Lucas Pouille , Albert Ramos-Viñolas , Pablo Carreño Busta , and Ivo Karlovic  all reached the second round more or less comfortably.
However, the most impressive result on the men’s side was Marco Trungelliti’s comeback against local Quentin Halys. Playing only the third Grand Slam main draw of his career, the Argentine qualifier edged the Frenchman 3-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-4 for the first 0-2 comeback of his career. The 27-year-old will face García-López in the second round.
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