French open upsets; defending champions bow out early

The opening day of the French Open had a slow start, but it came to life when defending champion Jelena Ostapenko crashed out of the grand slam to Kateryna Kozlova in straight-sets.

Apart from Jelena, it was another disappointing loss for Johanna Konta, followed by her slightly feisty press conference.

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Other talking points include the pros and cons of the Sunday start, a second straight round one defeat at a Grand Slam for Venus Williams, and straightforward wins for Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina.

Another former French Open champion left the tournament in the first round, as Stan Wawrinka lost a five-set battle with Guillermo Garcia Lopez of Spain on Monday.

Looking a shadow of the player who won the title in Paris three years ago, Wawrinka struggled with his serve and hit an awful lot of unforced errors (72) in his 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss.

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Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam winner who was runner-up in Roland Garros last year, has been hampered by knee problems that forced him to miss three months of the season.


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