World top seed Angelique Kerber suffered a stunning defeat on the opening day of the French Open on Sunday 28th, losing to Ekaterina Makarova, who is at number 40 in the WTA Standings.
The 29-year-old lost 6-2 6-2 in a space of one hour and 22 minutes at the Philippe Chartier Court, putting her number one spot in the rankings at stake.
Kerber, a first-round loser last year as well yesterday became the first women’s top seed to lose in the opening round of the Roland Garros.
The German international rose to the number one spot after Serena Williams stepped aside from the tour as she waits to give birth to her first child. She has however struggled for form this since the start of the year, reaching just final.
Following the shocking defeat, Kerber said; "last year was a completely different year. The pressure is always there but this year the expectations are much bigger, especially in the big tournaments and the Grand Slams.
"And the expectations are also from me really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did last year. But right now I think I have to find myself again and just try to forget the clay-court season as soon as possible and then reset and start from the grass courts again."
Meanwhile, Russia’s 28-year-old Makarova moves on to take on Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in round two.
Elsewhere, America’s Venus Williams, ranked number 10 beat China’s Wang Qiang 6-4 7-6 (7-3) and will now face Japanese international Kurumi Nara, ranked 90th.