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2017 champ Ostapenko ousted in 1st round

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PARIS (AP) 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.

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.

All in all, it was quite a Day 1 at the only Grand Slam site that gets things started on a Sunday. There already is certain to be at least one first-time French Open finalist, because 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone and 2012 runner-up Sara Errani joined 2017 champ Ostapenko and 2002 runner-up Williams on the way out of the bottom half of the draw.


2018 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 8,770
2 R. Federer 8,670
3 A. Zverev 5,615
4 M. Cilic 4,950
5 G. Dimitrov 4,870
6 J. Del Potro 4,450
7 K. Anderson 3,635
8 D. Thiem 3,195
9 D. Goffin 3,020
10 J. Isner 2,955
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2018 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Halep 7,270
2 C. Wozniacki 6,935
3 G. Muguruza 6,010
4 E. Svitolina 5,505
5 J. Ostapenko 5,382
6 K. Pliskova 5,335
7 C. Garcia 5,170
8 P. Kvitova 4,550
9 V. Williams 4,201
10 S. Stephens 4,164
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