Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kozlova KOs defending champ Ostapenko in Paris shocker

Kozlova KOs defending champ Ostapenko in Paris shocker

This is the first time since 2001, that Venus has lost in the first round in Paris and the sole time in her career that she has lost in the opening round of consecutive Grand Slams.

That's what an elbow injury and forced absence from the ATP tour can do to a player. "All the times we've played, she's played great". "And I'm trying to not give up".

In the Men's Singles, fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori were among those who progressed to the second round.

Qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania and American Christina McHale were level at one set apiece on Court 7, while Pauline Parmentier led Chloe Paquet 3-6, 7-6 (4), 3-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen in an all-French matchup. A couple of games later, Ostapenko seemed to have restored order, breaking her rival's serve for 4-4.

France's Alize Cornet is through to the second round of the French Open, beating 2012 runner-up Sara Errani of Italy 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"Nobody plans on this", Williams told reporters after the match. 'In general I played maybe like 20% of what I can play. Being two sets to one down is like being a set (behind) in a three-set match. "How am I going to play the next point?"' he responded.

"We haven't played in forever", Venus Williams said.

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The lengths, if not quality, of those matches were what amounted to on-court intrigue on Day 4 at the clay-court major, because there really was little in the way of stunning outcomes.

Meanwhile, China's Zheng Saisai, who underwent knee surgery after the U.S. Open a year ago, lost her first Grand Slam match after making her comeback from injury to Russia's doubles specialist Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1. "After my warmup today, I just walked into the locker room, and Viktor was, like, 'Hey, good luck today'".

He sat out the last half of 2017 because of a painful right elbow, tried to return in January, then chose to have an operation in February. The 2017 Roland Garros quarter-finalist beat Zverev and Marin Cilic on his way to the final of the Monte Carlo Masters this year.

The 10th-seeded Stephens advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands on Sunday at the French Open.

Two matches have been left unfinished at the French Open as play was suspended Sunday night due to darkness. "So it was really, really enjoyable for me".

"I just found out about 30, 35 minutes before I had to go out", Dimitrov said in a news conference. The 21-year-old German picked up back-to-back titles in Munich and the Madrid Masters earlier this month, before rounding off an impressive clay-court season with a narrow final defeat by Nadal in Rome. "I think her game just got better and better during the match".

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