Ex-champion Muguruza Knocked Out in 1st Round

Former champion Garbine Muguruza knocked out the 2022 French Open, losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, the oldest woman of the tournament. World number 46 Kanepi, who turns 37 next month, reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2008 and 2012.

And she continued to face the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya for a place in the round of 32.

Tunisia’s Anas Jabeur was knocked out in the first round of the French Open on Sunday (May 22nd), losing to Poland’s 56th seed Magda Linnet 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

The 27-year-old sixth seed was seen as a potential champion in Paris, although he had never before passed into the fourth round.

Jaber participated in this event by achieving 17 wins on clay in 2022 and under her belt the prestigious Madrid title.

However, she was let down by 24 non-compulsive fouls in the two-hour 28-minute match and admitted: “It would have been nice to lose.”

“I wanted to go as far as I could in the tournament because I played well on clay in Madrid and in Rome, and it is difficult to achieve that,” Jaber told reporters.

“But that’s what the sport is like and you have to be smart enough to move on and get back on the field.

“I’d rather say that and be really hard on myself than waste all the good energy I got from Madrid and Roma.”

Meanwhile, two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was “a few more months” away from returning to his best after faltering in the first round at Roland Garros for the second year in a row.

His ranking slipped to 194 after a long battle with a wrist injury. He lost 10 consecutive matches in the rounds after losing 6-3 6-2 6-4 to Bolivian Hugo Delin on Sunday.

The 2020 US Open champion has not won a game in six attempts since returning in March. His last win in Rome came just over a year ago.

“It’s not great to be in major tournaments knowing that everything isn’t perfect in practice,” Tim said.

“It wasn’t a good match at all, but it is what it is. I knew it was going to take some time, that the level is very high from all the players competing here and I am not there yet.”

The 28-year-old Austrian, the former world number 3, reached at least the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for five consecutive years from 2016 to 2020, finishing second to Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2019.

Lynette, 30, lost to Jaber in the third round in 2021, after she stunned injured top seed Ashleigh Barty in her previous match.

“I just tried to keep my focus after the first set and tried to make her uncomfortable. I was happy to fight for every point,” said Lynette, who needed treatment for a leg injury after losing the first set.

“I turned my attention to play faster and the racket was faster than it was in the first set.

“I wanted to put her in a position where she couldn’t move me as much.”

Linnet, who reached the quarter-finals on clay in Charleston and Strasbourg this year, faces either the 2020 French Open quarter-finalist, Italian weekend champion Martina Trevisan in Rabat or Britain’s Harriet Dart for a place in the round of 32.

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