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Three-time major champ Angelique Kerber loses at French Open

The 26th-seeded Kerber was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Anhelina Kalinina, a qualifier from Ukraine ranked 139th making her tournament debut.

Published: 30th May 2021 05:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2021 05:18 PM   |  A+A-

Germany's Angelique Kerber plays a shot against Russia's Anastasia Potapova during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (Photo | AP)

Germany's Angelique Kerber (Photo | AP)

By PTI

PARIS: Three-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 Angelique Kerber already is gone from the French Open with a third consecutive first-round loss.

The 26th-seeded Kerber was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Anhelina Kalinina, a qualifier from Ukraine ranked 139th making her tournament debut.

Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Kerber hasn't won, and she's frequently struggled on its red clay.

Her defeat on Court 14 on the opening Sunday was the eighth time in 14 appearances in Paris that she has exited in the first round.

Kerber's best results in Paris were reaching the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2018.

She won the Australian Open and U.S.Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.



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