The latest: Kerber loses in the first round at the French Open

The latest: Kerber loses in the first round at the French Open
In her first draw of the French Open, Anastasia Potapova, 18, ranked in 81st place, or her No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber convincingly, 6-4, 6-2.

"I was trying to focus on myself, on myself, on how I play and how I run," said Potapova. "I'm not trying to think much about the court, in the first round, at Kerber, because, of course, she's a great player." But, you know, "I'm here to give the best of me". That 's what I did. "

After exchanging early breaks before returning to service, Kerber reached an advantage of 40-0 to 5-4 to deliver Potapova the first set. The Russian teenager then ran to a 4-0 lead in the second set before finally taking the match.

At the beginning of the Sunday contest, Kerber had few matches on clay, as he withdrew from the Mutua Madrid Open before his second round match against Petra Martic with a right ankle injury; Then he retired from the Italian Open to continue rehabilitating the injury.

"You know, the pain is ... I mean, if you play games, it's a bit different from practices," Kerber replied when asked if he felt any pain today. "Of course, this is not my excuse and everything I did the best I knew is that I still have some work to do, really playing games 100%, to slide, to jump on the foot and leg.

"I did my best, and this is all I can say, I mean, of course, I know there are still a few days or weeks left to deal with this."

The three-time Grand Slam champion had the opportunity to claim the number 1 spot in the world at Roland Garros, had the title and other results had come out. Now there are only four women who can leave Roland Garros at number 1: Naomi Osaka (who could lose in the first round and still remain at number 1), Karolina Pliskova (she needs to reach the end to have a chance), Kiki Bertens (You need to get to the end to have a chance) and Petra Kvitova (you need to win the title to have a chance).

Kerber has lost in the first round in six of his 12 appearances in his career at Roland Garros, and in three of the last four years.

Potapova's victory over Kerber is the first victory in the Top 10 of his career. Former world No. 1 junior and Wimbledon junior champion will face Marketa Vondrousova or Wang Yafan.

"You know, I do not want to think about the future," Potapova said when asked about the big picture. "I want to think about every point, every game and the only thing I can think about now, it's my next round, it's going to happen, it's okay, but I want to stay focused on myself, my health and just stay with a mind clear ".

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