Half of the women’s first round matches are finished, and players seeded number 31 and 11 are sent home.
On Monday, France’s Severine Bremond, seeded 31, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands (sister of Richard, the 1996 Wimbledon Champion). When her first serve was in, she won 78% of the points, while her seeded opponent won only 48%.
At her home Grand Slam, Bremond has made it past the first round only once, in 2005. This year, the 28-year-old has played six clay tournaments, but reached the second round only twice.
The second seed to fall was Nadia Petrova. Last year, she had a great clay season, but also lost in the first round of the French Open. The Russian, seeded 11, suffered a 5-7 7-5 0-6 lost to Czech qualifier Kveta Peschke.
Petrova, who pulled out of the Italian Open with a back problem, struggled with her movement and had treatment at the start of the second set.
The 24-year-old will have an MRI scan and fears she could miss Wimbledon. Petrova, a two-time semi-finalist at Roland Garros, missed Wimbledon last year because of a hip injury.
“I am trying to stay positive in my head, but I really don’t know if I will be okay,” she said.
“I just really hope that in the end it’s not that serious. I don’t want to miss the grasscourt season again.” (source: BBC Sport)