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Petra Kvitova wins comeback match at French Open after horrific knife attack

Petra Kvitova wins comeback match at French Open after horrific knife attack

Petra Kvitova made a winning return following her lengthy lay-off as she moved into the second round of the French Open.

PARIS (AP) - Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players' lounge in the French Open's main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday. "I was also a little bit nervous before the match, I have to say, and because of these circumstances I'm happy with my performance".Kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the German immediately dropped her serve again.

The 27-year-old, a two-time Wimbledon victor, suffered a severe injury to her left hand during a burglary at her home in December.

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. Kvitova also provided a reassuring assessment of the conditon of her hand, saying she hadn't experienced any pain while on court. "So it was a real pleasure to play in front of them and play how I played", said Kvitova, whose team wore black t-shirts emblazoned with the words "courage" and "belief". "I won the match today but I knew I had already won", she added in reference to the initial nightmare scenario in which she feared she'd lose the fingers on her left playing hand.

"The motivation that I had today was wonderful, and I really didn't want to lose". This match is special to me. "I hope that it will be kind of inspiration for other people, as well". She won 78 percent of her first serve points.

"The first point was awesome", she said.

Kvitova's return delighted the fans on Court Philippe Chatrier, with the 27-year-old grateful to receive a "really heartwarming welcome" as she entered the court. I surprised myself with the forehand victor straightaway.

"I saw her in the locker room a couple of days ago", said Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an American qualifier who will face Kvitova in the second round after beating Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 6-2.

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"There were a few tears after the match point". 'I won, and I won before that'.

"Well", Makarova said when informed of the history made by her victory, "that's unbelievable".

"I'm a nice guy, I don't want to give lessons to younger guys", Karlovic said when asked about his 20-year age difference with Tsitsipas.

Being back on court was the main thing but the competitive juices soon kicked back in.

Kvitova was in cruise control in the second set as she remained at playing tennis at a high level.

The two-time Wimbledon champion recorded some good numbers on her first outing since November.

"Yes, I wanted to come back not just to play".

Any nerves Kvitova - a French Open semi-finalist in 2012 - might have had were quickly forgotten as the 15th seed hit an impressive forehand to win the match's opening point.

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