Dubious Angelique Kerber landmark, a heartwarming Petra Kvitova return

Muguruza, Djokovic

Adding to the uncertainty for the claycourt grand slam which starts on Sunday, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who has not won more than three consecutive matches on the red dirt this season, was handed a tough first-round draw against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza breezed into the second round, while fifth-seeded Milos Raonic got the better of Steve Darcis of Belgium in straight sets on Monday.

Fourth-seed Muguruza, who had been woefully out of form in the run-up to Roland Garros, never looked in danger and outclassed her Italian opponent 6-2 6-4 in muggy conditions.

Anett Kontaveit, the 21-year-old Estonian, defeated both Muguruza and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber over the course of the last month. "I need to play my best".

Kvitova said her left, playing hand, was not in ideal shape but she was able to play.

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Puig won 6-3, 3-6 and 6-2 over Vinci in an hour and 50 minutes while the 32-year-old Argentinian made a 7-5, 6-3 and 6-4 over Mannarino.

“I know I played good here before, but that doesnt make me extra confident this year.

No. 11 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark survived a second-set scare to beat Australian wild card Jaimee Fourlis 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 and reach the second round.

Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing victor, leaning forward and yelling as she got within 3-1. He lost in the third round at Wimbledon, his earliest defeat in a Grand Slam in seven years, was beaten in the first round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reached the final of the U.S. Open, and lost early again at the Australian Open.

A former finalist, Halep knows how to go all the way at Roland Garros, but now finds herself in a race against time.

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Schiavone admitted a slow start cost her the match, but she was pleased with her recovery.

The 2017 French Open is now underway at Roland Garros in Paris, with the world's biggest tennis stars looking to win the open title and scoop nearly $2 million in prize money.

"It's very odd to find in the first round two past champions", the Spaniard said. She hadn't gone beyond the round of 16 in her last three events, and set an unwanted record - first women's No 1 to go out at the first round at Roland Garros.

It would take something special to turn her clay-court fortunes - and her form - around in Paris, but Kerber has certainly proven she's the kind of player who can rise to the big occasion.

A year ago, when Djokovic finally fulfilled his quest to win a trophy in Paris, he was working with Boris Becker - who was on hand Monday and visited with Agassi - and Marian Vajda.

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