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Angelique Kerber - Ekaterina Makarova
French Open women - 28 May 2017

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova live with Eurosport. The match starts at 17:00 on 28 May 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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HIGHLIGHTS!

Relive Angelique Kerber's not-that-much-of-a-shock exit...

13:10

THE TOP SEED CRASHES OUT OF THE FRENCH OPEN! MAKAROVA 6-2 6-2 KERBER.

We knew this year’s French Open would be unpredictable, but we didn’t expect the top seed to fall by lunchtime on Sunday! For the first time in Open Era history, the women’s top seed has fallen in the first round. Wow.

Fair play to Makarova, she played superbly and saved about 12,000 break points in the final game. She could go far…

12:56

BREAK CITY! KERBER 2-6 2-5 MAKAROVA.

This is ridiculous. A huge roar greets Kerber taking the first point; a huge groan greets Kerber double-faulting on break point. We're one game away.

12:53

YEP, YOU GUESSED IT – BREAK! KERBER 2-6 2-4 MAKAROVA.

Makarova is playing the match of her life, but her ultra-aggressive gameplan is starting to crack. Kerber earns 652 break points in deuce (not quite accurate), and eventually breaks through courtesy of her opponent double-faulting.

12:45

ERM... ANOTHER BREAK! KERBER 2-6 1-4 MAKAROVA.

This is insane! Kerber saves two breaks, the second with a thumping forehand down the line, prompting Makarova to scream some naughty words (well, I presume but I don’t speak Russian) at her box. The pendulum swings back-and-forth in deuce – the highlight coming from Kerber’s racquet with a criminal drop shot (see below) – but Makarova sticks to Mission Aggressive and powers through the German.

12:36

KERBER BREAKS BACK! KERBER 2-6 1-3 MAKAROVA.

Makarova is staying aggressive, keeping her winner-o-meter ticking over with a flurry of attacking shots. But Kerber gets a rare chance in deuce... and takes it with a glorious cross-court forehand that dips low over the net. Game on?

12:30

KERBER 2-6 0-3 MAKAROVA.

What is happening to the German? She's completely out-of-sorts... It's a double break on Philippe-Chatrier for Makarova. The doubles specialist is cruising into the second round.

12:26

MAKAROVA BREAKS TO LEAD 6-2 1-0.

The world No.1's end is nigh.

12:18

MAKAROVA WINS FIRST SET 6-2.

The awkward moment when the French Open favourite is going home before 2pm on the opening day.

Ben Snowball stepping into the comments...

12:06 

KERBER 1-5 MAKAROVA Makarova continues to dominate Kerber, who is continuing to struggle with her form. It seems that nothing is getting her out of this quickly.

11:56 

KERBER 1-3 MAKAROVA Makarova has bodied Kerber in the opening stages, breaking her and with a powerful service game. Her powerful shot is keeping her on the back foot.

11:42 

KERBER 0-0 MAKAROVA Kerber starts the match with her own service game. She's the strong favourite.