French Open: 2019 runner-up Vondrousova makes early exit

Filed on September 28, 2020
Marketa Vondrousova (pictured) went down 6-1 6-2 as teenager Swiatek dominated throughout with her all-court game. - Twitter

Poland's Iga Swiatek needed just over an hour to pull of an upset

Last year's runner-up Marketa Vondrousova failed to last a round at the French Open when she was thrashed in little more than an hour by Poland's Iga Swiatek on Monday.

The left-handed Czech, seeded 15, went down 6-1 6-2 as teenager Swiatek dominated throughout with her all-court game.

Vondrousova lost to Ash Barty in last year's final and looked in dangerous form coming in after a semi-final run in Rome.

Another notable first-round casualty was 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 28th seed, who was beaten in three sets by fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

No player in the French Open women's draw has more claycourt wins than Kiki Bertens since the start of 2016 and the Dutchwoman needed all her expertise on the surface to avoid a first-round exit on Monday.

The fifth seed looked understandably rusty as she took on French Open debutant Katarina Zavatska, losing the first set before hitting back to win 2-6 6-2 6-0.

It was only her third match since February, having opted against travelling to the U.S. Open, and in Strasbourg last week she retired injured with an Achilles tendon strain.

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