For Maria Sakkari (Greece / No. 8) it was 6: 7 (5: 7), 5: 7 against Karolína Muchová (Czech Republic), the first first-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament since 2021 in Melbourne.
Muchová had reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2021, but is currently only 43rd in the world rankings. In 2022, the Czech also defeated Sakkari in Paris – at that time it was 7: 6 (7: 5), 7: 6 (7: 4) in the second round.
The 26-year-old now meets Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) in the second round, whose star rose in Roland-Garros in 2020 when she advanced to the semi-finals as a qualifier. Podoroska hardly gave wild card holder Jessika Ponchet (France) a chance at 6: 0, 6: 2.
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The next opponent for the 20-year-old is qualifier Clara Tauson (Denmark), who outclassed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile, local hero Alizé Cornet (France), who lost Camila Giorgi (Italy) 3: 6, 4: 6, is out.
Zhang Shuai (China/No. 29) was completely off the mark in the 1:6, 1:6 against Magdalena Frech (Poland). The game only lasted 47 minutes.
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