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French Open 2017: Petra Kvitova completes emotional winning comeback

French Open 2017: Petra Kvitova completes emotional winning comeback

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova made a triumphant comeback at the French Open on Sunday with a 6:3 a 6:2 victory over 86th-ranked Julia Boserup from the US.

Petra Kvitova won her opening match of the French Open on Sunday in her first match since suffering a knife attack from a home invader less than six months ago. "I stayed in life and I have all my fingers".

The 18th-seeded Bertens hit 11 aces as she won 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, with the last two sets taking just 50 minutes in total. "And when I will step on the court it will be something really different compared to anything". Read Also: French Open to allOlympic 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. It just matters that she is back and can compete at all.

The German becomes the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the tournament since the sport turned professional in 1968.

Kvitova played remarkably well considering the circumstances and showed the weight of the occasion only at the end, dropping her racket to the clay and turning to her support camp with hand over mouth in disbelief. I know in the last years I had up-and downs and right now I'm in actually the down feeling.




Kvitova was at home in the city of Prostejov, about 160 miles east of the Czech capital Prague, when an intruder burst into her apartment at around 8:30 a.m. on the morning of December 20. 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. I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw. American tennis great Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open after announcing her pregnancy. How her left hand responds to the stress of competition will be key, but she will hope to use her experience to get past Boserup, who has never played at Roland Garros. She was not, she said, back to 100 percent, but could not wait to get back into competitive tennis.

Kerber showed some signs of getting into the match, smacking a cross-court forehand passing victor, leaning forward and yelling as she took a game to get within 3-1.

"I think this is hard", Kerber said.

Kvitova, who reached the semi-finals of the 2012 French Open, will face either Russian Evgeniya Rodina or flamboyant Amercan Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round at Roland Garross. "I think I played well after six months off", said Kvitova, adding that she regarded herself as a victor already.

Kvitova's serve remained a potent weapon as she wrapped up the opener, despite Boserup saving four set points - two with rasping winners off either wing.


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