Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko loses in french…

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But a crushing 6-0, 6-1 win over Russian Evgeniya Rodina gave her a place in the first round, and her match with 20-year-old Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova on Court 3 could be an interesting clash of generations. Kozlova took two-thirds of points on Ostapenko's second serve, while the titleholder did herself no favors with 48 unforced errors, including 13 double faults. I didn't expect anything from the match.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was more successful in beating Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-3.

"I tried to do way more than I should have after the US Open, and I should have just shut it down", Stephens said when asked about her poor recent results. It was Stephens' first win at a Grand Slam tournament since claiming her first major title in NY last September.

The Latvian shot to prominence after being crowned in Roland Garros in 2017 as an unseeded player. "I'm really angry and I just want to turn back the time".

On Sunday, Kozlova, who had defeated Ostapenko on grass in Rosmalen in 2016, was in the wars again, requiring a lengthy medical timeout at the end of the first set to treat blisters.

The enigmatic Kyrgios has not played a singles match since a quarterfinal loss to Ivo Karlovic at the US Clay Court Championships in April.

But the tournament isn't over yet for the 37-year-old Williams, who is scheduled to play in the women's doubles event with her sister, Serena Williams, for the first time since they won the 2016 Wimbledon title.

Williams was another seed to fall, the seven-time major singles champion going down 6-4 7-5 to Chinese outsider Qiang Wang.

The Ukrainian's game is not at the same level as the fifth seed's, but Ostapenko will have to deal with the occasion and returning to Roland Garros as defending champion.

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"In general I maybe played to around 20 percent of my capability", said a frustrated Ostapenko afterwards.

Second seed Alexander Zverev wasted little time joining Dimitrov in round two.

World number five Ostapenko slumped to a 7-5 6-3 defeat to Kozlova, who had won both the previous meetings in which the pair met. Monfils prevailed 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-1.

"I like to think", she said, "that I win all my matches if I'm playing well".

Venus Williams and rain are on the schedule as the year's second Grand Slam tournament is set to start at Roland Garros.

She added: "I'm really disappointed and so angry".

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

"I just found out about 30, 35 minutes before I had to go out", Dimitrov said in a news conference.