Ostapenko:"It was a terrible day at the office”
2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was defeated in the first round at Roland Garros by Kateryna Kozlova
If precedents are anything to go by then it was clear that 20-year old Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, was facing a tall order to win the title for a second time.
Only three women in history have come back to win the French Open for a second time having won their first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros (Chris Evert (1974-75), Steffi Graf (1987-88) and Monica Seles (1990-91).
Ostapenko was drawn in the first round against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova. The pair had played twice before, the most recent meeting was at ‘S-Hertogenbosch in 2016 and Kozlova had won both of those meetings.
It took Kozlova just over 90 minutes to win in straight sets 75 63. Ostapenko said that, “I think today didn't really matter who is on the other side, like, any player who could hit five shots back I think probably could beat me today because I didn't really play well.”
Asked to describe how she was feeling after the defeat she said candidly “I'm really disappointed and so angry. I mean, I'm, just, like really angry and I just want to turn back the time.” But as so often when she shows up anywhere, the Latvian broke into a smile.
Kozlova faces Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
Elsewhere on the opening day’s play at Roland Garros, in the women’s draw Briton Johanna Konta was defeated by Yulia Putintseva, Venus Williams was defeated by Qiang Wang, Elina Svitolina came back to win in three sets against Ajla Tomljanovic.
In the men’s draw Alexander Zverev took only 69 minutes to defeat Ricarda Berankis, Grigor Dimitrov won against an unexpected opponent Egyptian Mohamed Safwat who replaced the injured Viktor Troicki. David Goffin defeated Robin Haase after losing the first two sets.