Veronika Kudermetova comes back to upset No. 13 Caroline Wozniacki in French Open's 1st round

Cassandra NegleyYahoo Sports Contributor
<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/olympics/rio-2016/a/1110228/" data-ylk="slk:Caroline Wozniacki">Caroline Wozniacki</a> suffered another first-round defeat this season, this time at the French Open in Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki suffered another first-round defeat this season, this time at the French Open in Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP/Getty Images)

Another sunrise, another top player falls at Roland-Garros for the French Open.

Caroline Wozniacki, ranked 13th in the world, continues to struggle this year and blew a perfect start against 68th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova in the tournament’s first round. Kudermetova won 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Wozniacki suffers 4th straight loss

Wozniacki dropped to 9-8 this season and is currently on a four-match losing skid. She fell in the first round of each of the Madrid and Rome tournaments.

In October, the 28-year-old announced she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The former world No. 1 won her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open.

The Denmark native looked to have the match in hand with a first-set bagel, but unraveled to the point where she gestured angrily to her player’s box.

Kudermetova wins in main debut

It was Kudermetova’s first match in the main draw at Roland-Garros and it’s the biggest match she’s won in terms of ranking. It’s also her first top-20 victory.

The 22-year-old Russian fell behind early, but fought back to start the second set 2-1.

Kudermetova expressed her excitement during an on-court interview, per WTA:

"It is a great win for me today. I was so excited to play on this court, in a big stadium, and in this match. I am super excited.

"I was a little bit nervous when I started the match, but after game by game I tried to play my tennis. A little bit more aggressive, and I think I did a great job today."

She had 40 winners to Wozniacki’s 15. In the final set, she won the first three games and held off a Wozniacki comeback.

She joins fellow Russian Anastasia Potapova in completing a stunning first-round upset at Roland-Garros. Potapova defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber on day one.

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