That Angelique Kerber, the reigning world No 1 would lose out in straight sets to Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the French Open - and go on to create an unorthodox infamy for herself in the tournament history by becoming the first women's top-seed to lose in the opening round - was unexpected.
The Australian teenager made light of the 300-plus ranking places separating them to push the 11th seeded Dane to three sets. "I think after the U.S. Open, I will ask to myself what I want to do". She broke back and had two break chances in the sixth game, which Muguruza saw off confidently. No. 19 CoCo Vandeweghe was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4, while No. 25 Lauren Davis was eliminated by Carina Witthoeft of Germany 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. "And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did past year", Kerber said.
Olympic champion Monica Puig sent veteran Italian Roberta Vinci to her 10th first round loss in 13 visits to Paris, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing victor, leaning forward and yelling as she got within 3-1.
Kerber had only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set and didn't even earn a break point until the last game, which Makarova won, anyway.
Fourlis managed to save two of three match points on her serve before Wozniacki triumphed 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
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The 53rd-ranked Kontaveit was a 73rd-ranked qualifier when she surprised Muguruza, 2-6 7-6 (1) 6-1, in Stuttgart last month.
"Like today - going out there, trying to deal with things - that's what brings me confidence, not remembering how I played previous year".
Also Monday, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands recovered from a set down to beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. But for the Ukrainian, keeping up her level of play at Roland Garros will be a tough test.
Looking up at her box, where members of her team wore matching t-shirts bearing the words "courage" and "belief", she added: "Thank you very much guys, I love you. There was no miracle possible", said the 35-year-old Mathieu, who recently suffered a hip injury.
"Last year, I won here for the first time, it was really a special moment for me on the court, an important moment of my career, I'll never forget this feeling", Djokovic said, speaking in French.