Swiatek cruises, Krejcikova upset in the French Open first round

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Favorite Iga Swiatek needed less than an hour to overcome her first obstacle at the 2022 French Open, while defending champion Barbora Krejcikova became only the third woman in the professional era to lose in the first round of the clay-court Grand Slam a year after winning the trophy.

Iga Swiatek

Top seed Iga Swiatek extended her winning streak to 29 matches with a routine 6-2 6-0 victory over world No.119 Lesia Tsurenko. The Pole has served a Tour-leading 14 6-0 sets this year and owns a 12-0 Grand Slam win-loss record against players ranked outside the Top 100.

Barbora Krejcikova Roland Garros practice

Later on Court Philippe-Chatrier, second seed Barbora Krejcikova dominated the first set and looked to be heading for a straightforward win, but then everything fell apart as France’s Diane Perry fought back to triumph 1-6 6-2 6-3 in front of an ecstatic home crowd. Defending champion Krejcikova was playing her first match since Doha after being sidelined since February with an elbow injury.

The 19-year-old Perry was facing a Top 10 opponent for the first time in her career. The teenager was ranked outside Top 300 as recently as last July, currently she’s ranked No.97. She has now become the lowest-ranked woman to beat the No.2 seed in Paris since No.114 Arantxa Rus upset Kim Clijsters in 2011.

Earlier on Monday, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka lost to Amanda Anisimova in straight sets.

 

 

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