Defending champ Jelena Ostapenko loses opener; Venus Williams ousted, too

Defending champ Jelena Ostapenko loses opener; Venus Williams ousted, too

The 2017 Wimbledon semi-finalist has not won a solitary match in the main draw at Roland Garros and bowed out with a whimper against Putintseva. Made like 50 unforced errors and so many double-faults.

But she started about as poorly as possible on Day 1 at the year's second major tournament: Tomljanovic held at love for a 5-1 lead at the outset.

Add that to the ninth-seeded Williams' loss at the Australian Open in January, and this is the only time in the 37-year-old American's career that she was sent home in the first round of back-to-back majors.

On the women's side, the biggest star to watch will be the defending champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens eased into round two at the French Open with a 6-2, 6-0 thrashing of Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

Ostapenko's eyes searched the coach's box at every opportunity, but could find no answers as she checked out early.

Elsewhere, it was third time lucky for China's Wang Qiang, after she beat American veteran Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5. Ostapenko says she has a better understanding of what comes with being a grand slam champion.

Seven-time Grand Slam singles victor Venus Williams was also beaten today by China's world number 91 Wang Qiang.

Jelena Ostapenko leans into a return in the first round of the French Open on Sunday. Monfils prevailed 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-1.

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"Best practice that you can have is a match".

An out-of-sorts Ostapenko made 48 unforced errors, 13 double faults and was broken seven times by the world number 66 from Ukraine, who had never previously beaten a top-30 opponent.

"At the moment, I'm not playing at the level I wish to, but at the same time, I understand that it is the process that obviously takes time", said Djokovic, whose seeding of No. 20 is his lowest at a Slam in 12 years.

Belgium's David Goffin appeared to be on his way out of the tournament after losing the opening two sets to Dutchman Robin Haase, but the eighth seed regained composure to win the match 4-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 6-0. We don't. We just try to play and win each point, each game.

Second seed Alexander Zverev is considered by many to be the main threat to Rafael Nadal's hopes of an 11th French Open triumph.

Venus Williams and rain are on the schedule as the year's second Grand Slam tournament is set to start at Roland Garros.

Errani lost to 32nd-seeded Alize Cornet of France 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, while Schiavone was beaten by Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2).

"I think [Wang] just played well", Williams said. There are no ideal days in tennis.

Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov also reached the second round, even if he wasn't exactly sure who he was facing.

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