French Open 2022: Garbine Muguruza, Ons Jabeur suffer shock exits

Garbine Muguruza (in pic) and Ons Jabeur suffer shock first round exits at French Open

Garbine Muguruza (in pic) and Ons Jabeur suffer shock first round exits at French Open

Garbine Muguruza and Ons Jabeur suffered shock defeats on Day 1 of French Open 2022 on Sunday.

Muguruza lost 6-2, 3-6, 4-6 to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, the oldest woman in the tournament while the in-form Jabeur was bundled out 6-3, 6-7 (4), 5-7 by Poland’s Magda Linette.

ALSO READ: Wimbledon stripped of ranking points

The victory is Kanepi’s 19th career win over a seeded player in the first three rounds of a Grand Slam, and she rallied from 6-2, 2-0 down to do so in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

Ten of Kanepi’s now-15 career Top 10 wins have come at majors.

Sharpen your backhand with our FREE guide

She also defeated then-World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open en route to her seventh career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Set to turn 37 on June 10, Kanepi is the oldest player in the women’s main draw in Paris, and moves through to face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in Round 2.

In-form Jabeur ‘disappointed’

Jabeur, seen as one of the big threats to World No. 1 Iga Swiatek at the claycourt Grand Slam, came to Paris at a career-high ranking and with a tour-leading 17 wins on the surface.

ALSO READ: Stars missing from French Open 2022

“I wanted to go as far as I could in the tournament because I played well on clay in Madrid and in Rome, and it’s difficult to take that one in,” the Tunisian said on Sunday.

“But that’s what sport is like and you need to be smart enough to move forward and get back on court.”

ALSO READ: Elina Svitolina is a nobody, says Russian tennis chief

The 27-year-old suffered an early break of serve before breezing through the opening set in 37 minutes before Linette, who was ranked 56th before the start of the second major of the year, raised her game.

Dominic Thiem ousted

Former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem was beaten 6-3 6-2 6-4 by Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in Paris on Sunday.

ALSO READ: Daniil Medvedev opens up on Wimbledon ban

The 28-year-old has lost his past seven matches since returning from a wrist injury which kept him out for nine months.

“There are painful defeats week after week and though not unexpected I am very disappointed,” said Thiem.

ALSO READ: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal told to ‘come clean’

Thiem said dropping down to the ATP Challenger Tour – the tier of tournaments below the main tour – could be an option to try and revive his confidence.