By Sudipto Ganguly
PARIS, May 23 (Reuters) – Barbora Krejcikova’s French Open title defence ended in the opening round on Monday as local hope Diane Parry was roared to a 1-6 6-2 6-3 victory against the second-seeded Czech.
Krejcikova, who defeated Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovain the 2021 final to win her maiden Grand Slam title, arrived at Roland Garros without any competitive matches under her belt since February due to an elbow injury.
But she breezed through the opening set against the 97th-ranked Parry, who was facing a top-10 opponent for the first time in her career, in 34 minutes before her rustiness showed.
The 19-year-old Parry turned the match on its head by winning the second set as errors and double faults began to creep into Krejcikova’s game.
Krejcikova took a lengthy break after losing the second set and was booed by the partisan French