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Kerber loses to Riske in three sets at Zhengzhou Open

2019 US Open - Day 1

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Angelique Kerber of Germany reacts during her Women’s Singles first round match against Kristina Mladenovic of France during day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

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ZHENGZHOU, China -- Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber lost in the opening round of the Zhengzhou Open on Tuesday, falling to Alison Riske of the United States 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Unseeded Kristina Mladenovic advanced, beating local wildcard Ying-Ying Duan 6-2, 6-3. Mladenovic finished with only 10 unforced errors while Duan had 25.

“It was very tricky conditions: It’s super humid, and it’s never easy to start a tournament,” Mladenovic said. “Every first round is difficult, and Ying-Ying, I’ve played her in the past and she’s a very powerful player with a big serve.”

Mladenovic will next face another Frenchwoman, Caroline Garcia.

Two more French players advanced. Fiona Ferro beat Zhaoxuan Yang 6-2, 6-3, and Alize Cornet defeated Jia-Jing Lu 7-6 (1), 6-1.

Also, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko beat You Xiaodi 6-3, 0-6, 6-2.