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Wozniacki joins Kerber as early French Open casualties

Wozniacki joins Kerber as early French Open casualties Photo: TT

Former world number one and last year’s Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is one of the first big names eliminated from the 2019 French Open which started at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Wozniacki, seeded 13th for this year’s French Open, went down 0-6 6-3 6-3 to 68th ranked Russian Veronika Kudermetova in a remarkable match.

The Dane enjoyed a perfect first set before wilting to the 22-year-old who had previously never won a Grand Slam match.

'’I just have to try and stay positive and obviously it’s not as easy to stay positive when things aren’t going your way,” Wozniacki said.

“But I think that’s when you really need to - and you need to just keep grinding.’’

Three-time Grand Slam winner and fifth seed Angelique Kerber crashed out of the French Open first round on Sunday, going down 6-4 6-2 to Anastasia Potapova.

Two-time Wimbledon champion and sixth seed Petra Kvitova also has withdrawn due to injury to decimate the women’s line-up.

Reigning French Open winner Simona Halep is the firm favourite for the 2019 title, ahead of Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens who is the fourth seed.

World number one Naomi Osaka and second seed Karolina Pliskova are also firmly in the mix, along with three-time Roland Garros winner and 10th seed Serena Williams.

Ben somerford
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