Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her qualification round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova at the Roland Garros 2017 French Tennis Open on May 28, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

World No.1 Kerber suffers shock loss in French Open first round

Russian Ekaterina Markarova has stunned Angelique Kerber at Roland Garros, with an incredible 6-2, 6-2 victory over the world No.1.

Kerber is the first female seed to drop out of the French Open, as she was wiped off the court in under an hour and a half.

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Markarova hit 25 winners, as she took advantage of Kerber’s lack of confidence, following a difficult clay court season thus far, which has yielded just two wins from six matches.

Markarova will now face Lesia Tsurenko in the second round, who defeated Kateryna Kozlova 6-4, 6-0.

Kerber was on the same side of the draw as Australian Sam Stosur, who is due to play Kristina Kucova in the openign round.

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