A year after stunning the tennis world by winning the French Open for her initial tour-level title, Jelena Ostapenko is again in rare company: a first-round loser as the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament.
Ostapenko's high-risk game produced far fewer rewards than problems Sunday at Roland Garros, and she bowed out to 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 7-5, 6-3 at Court Philippe Chatrier.
He won the opening two sets of his first-round match with Bolelli 6-4 6-3.
In all the four Slams, it's only the sixth time in the Open era that the defending champion has perished at the first hurdle.
"Just awesome feeling", said Kozlova after posting her first win over a top-30 player.
The 20-year-old committed 48 unforced errors, 13 double faults and dropped serve seven times.
That came in Nuremberg last week, her first appearance on the tour since February because of a right knee injury.
Elsewhere, Britain's Kyle Edmund will be targeting a run deep into the second week, while 2016 champion Novak Djokovic will hope past glories can inspire him to the latter stages at Roland Garros.
"One of the blisters was worse than the others, it was very bloody".
"Terrible day at the office today for me". "When you are playing the match, sometimes you are not feeling the pain".
The French Open is the only Grand Slam event that begins on a Sunday, and Ostapenko felt that a later start would have helped her regain full fitness in time.
Something even more unusual happened at Roland Garros, too: Venus Williams was beaten in her opening match at a second consecutive major, the only time in her lengthy, distinguished career she's had such early back-to-back exits.
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