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Venus Williams stunned Day 1 of French Open by Wang Qiang of China


May 27. 2018 6:35PM
China's Qiang Wang in action Sunday during her first round French Open match against Venus Williams. (REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)



Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia was sent packing in straight sets as the French Open began on Sunday at Roland Garros.

The fifth-seeded Ostapenko was stunned 7-5, 6-3 by unseeded Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova in a match that lasted 95 minutes.

It's the first time the defending champion has been eliminated in the first round since 2005, when Anastasia Myskina lost to María Sánchez Lorenzo.

For Kozlova, it's the first time she's ever beaten a player ranked in the top 30. She previously beat Ostapenko both times they had faced off, before Ostapenko had risen in the rankings.

In earlier action, American star Venus Williams was stunned by unseeded Wang Qiang of China in a rematch of their first-round meeting last year.

The ninth-seeded Williams has struggled on clay this season and that continued in a 6-4, 7-5 loss on Sunday. For Wang, it's just her second victory over a top-10 player in her career.

Williams had a whopping 35 unforced errors in the hard-fought match that lasted an hour and 40 minutes.

While her singles run is over, Venus and Serena Williams are still slotted to compete in doubles as a wild-card entrant.

Serena Williams, unseeded since watching her ranking plummet after taking time off for her pregnancy, is slated to open singles play on Monday.

Fellow American Sloane Stephens, seeded 10th, had no problems in her opener, breezing to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Arantxa Rus of Netherlands.

Fourth-seeded Ukraine Elina Svitolina also advanced, fending off Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-3.

Great Britain's Johanna Konta, seeded 22nd, was among those bowing out early after losing 6-4, 6-3 to Yulia Putintseva of Kazakh.

--Field Level Media


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