Cincinnati, OH, USA, WTA Premier 5, Western & Southern Open, 2 874 299 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R:  Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4, 3R: Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) ?-?; Novi Sad, Serbia, ITF Futures, MERDIDIANA OPEN 2, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Nino PORTALES (FRA) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Gorazd SRBLJAK (MKD) 6-4 6-4, QF: Barnaby SMITH (GBR) 6-4 7-5, SF: Peter NAGY (HUN)? -?. 

Cincinnati, OH, USA, WTA Premier 5, Western & Southern Open, 2 874 299 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - BYE, 2R:  Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4, 3R: Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) ?-?; Novi Sad, Serbia, ITF Futures, MERDIDIANA OPEN 2, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Ergi KIRKIN (TUR) - Nino PORTALES (FRA) 6-3 6-2, 2R: Gorazd SRBLJAK (MKD) 6-4 6-4, QF: Barnaby SMITH (GBR) 6-4 7-5, SF: Peter NAGY (HUN)? -?. 

Kozlova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy KOs defending champ Ostapenko in Paris shocker

67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova from EMPIRE Tennis Academy, who is coached by Jaroslav Levinsky, pulled off a stunning result, eliminating defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the first round at Roland Garros. Ostapenko is the first French Open defending champion to lose in the opening round in 13 years.

Another top seed fell by the wayside on Sunday in the first round of the French Open, as Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine stunned defending champion and No.5 seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, 7-5, 6-3.

The Ukrainian picked up a win over a player ranked in the Top 30 for the first time with Sunday’s victory, claiming her career-best victory in one hour and 35 minutes. Kozlova took two-thirds of points on Ostapenko's second serve, while the titleholder did herself no favors with 48 unforced errors, including 13 double faults.

Notably, Kateryna Kozlova had previous success against the World No.5 with a 2-0 head-to-head record, and despite Ostapenko’s recent emergence as a Top 5 player, Kozlova continued to have the Latvian’s number, sending the 2017 Roland Garros champion out of the tournament on the first day of main draw play. 

"The match was special because Kateryna was threatened to have knee surgery after her injuries from Indian Wells. We set ourselves the goal of doing everything to avoid surgery. According to the first news, it was clear that if she stood on a court in Paris, it would be a little miracle. So, she stood on the court, a small miracle happened and a great miracle happened also later," said Jaroslav Levinsky for www.empiretennisacademy.com.
"The tennis match the match with Ostapenko was not very good. Katya was previously unable to practice even half the doses we wanted. On the other hand, she took advantage of the weaker day of the rival and she managed the mental pressure that she could defeat the defending champion on the big court. She showed the big heart of the warrior, with the second set playing with three blisters on her feet. She went through the pain, followed the tactics and won the biggest match of her career," added Jaroslav Levinsky.

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