Back on court after knife attack, Kvitova wins in Paris

Posted May 29, 2017

Even though she probably enjoyed the moment, Kvitova wasted little time on court and was the first player to reach the second round.

Her team members were all on their feet, dressed in t-shirts that had the words "Courage". When Boserup threatened to pull back from 3-0 to 3-2 in the opening set, Kvitova roared and pumped her fist when she saved a break point.

“The belief and the mind, the heart, its really important, ” Kvitova said afterward. 'It felt weird, but great, as well, of course!'

- It was the 10th time Vinci lost in the first round in her 13 career appearances at Roland Garros. The German left-hander has endured a miserable clay-court season, losing early in Stuttgart and crashing out in her Rome opener, while retiring from her last-16 clash in Madrid with a lower back injury.

Two-time Wimbledon champion and a semi-finalist at French Open, Kvitova, looked poised and focused on the task at hand while playing the first match on Court Philippe Chatrier. "So it was a real pleasure to play in front of them and play how I played", she added.

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On the morning of December 20, 2016, Kvitova was attacked by a man with a knife in her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

Mixing winners and unforced errors in nearly equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not overturn all the advantage.

The net seemed to have a sense of occasion and generously helped her out twice, although she scarcely needed it. "It's kind of - I don't want to say 'open, ' because everyone's really good, but - very competitive", Rogers said, "and there's not like that dominating force". I'm happy with the game, of course, but I mean, it wasn't really about the game. So I'm glad that I didn't.

Both her hand and her buoyant psyche held up well in the Czech star's opening match against American Julia Boserup, who was making her French Open main-draw debut.

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.

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"In the end, I didn't have to anymore".

"I missed the court, the fight".

"There were a few tears after the match point. Of course going as a victor from the centre court was much better than stepping on the court". "I was happy that I didn't have any pain".

During her on-court interview, Kvitova addressed Novak, her family and others in her guest box, saying: “Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time.”.

Considering that the WTA number one, Kerber, went out in the first round the same day, Serena Williams is out on pregnancy leave, Sharapova wasn't even invited to the FO tournament and is still trying to justify her wild card gifts, and Victoria Azarenka won't be coming back until the grass season, having Kvitova back on the tour is a welcome distraction from a gutted field of women champions.

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With light rain falling, Kvitova tearfully buried her face in her hands before being interviewed on court by fellow Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.