Nicole Vaidisova became the first seed to fall at the 2008 French Open when fellow Czech Iveta Benesova defeated her 7-6 6-1 in the opening round.
“It’s always hard to play your best friend. I have to give her credit, she played a great match,” said 15th-seeded Vaidisova, who finally lost the match by producing a double fault on match point.
Two years ago Vaidisova was semifinalist at Roland Garros, but today’s defeat is just a continuation of her bad results. It is her sixth successive defeat dating back to March, plus, she has won only one match on tour since reaching the Australian Open fourth round in January.
World No.70 Benesova will be aiming to progress beyond the second round for the first time in seven attempts when she faces either Russia’s Anastasia Rodionova or Peng Shuai of China next.