French Open: Petra Kvitova wins comeback match after being stabbed

Elias Hubbard
June 10, 2017

In the clay court season, Kerber lost her opener in Stuttgart where she was the defending champion, suffered a thigh injury in the third round in Madrid and lost first time out in Rome.

There was quite a bit of that against Boserup, who was making her debut in the French Open's main draw and facing a lefty for the first time.

Kerber struggled with 25 unforced errors against just 16 winners and won less than 50 percent of points behind her first serve. Leading 5-2 into her service, Makarova sealed the victory with a powerful forehand to deny Kerber's quest for the Suzanne Lenglen trophy.

Petra Kvitova is eager to get back to "business as usual" and looking forward to Wimbledon following a successful return to action at the French Open.

The 27-year-old Czech beat American Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 in the first match of the day on the Philippe Chatrier Court.

Another significant event of the day was a return to Petra Kvitova - champion of Wimbledon at the end of December a year ago, suffered an armed attack and received serious injuries, his working left hand.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US plays a shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.

Kvitova is set to face the victor of the match between America's Bethanie Mattek-Sand and Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

Kerber failed to withstand the strong forehand and backhand attack from her opponent as she lost the first set 6-2 in 38 minutes.

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

This marked Kerber's 11th consecutive trip to the French Open with her best showing when she journeyed to the 2012 quarterfinals.

Kerber is not performing to the standards usually associated with the highest ranked player in the game after she won her first two Grand Slam titles at the Australian and US Opens a year ago.

With the end in sight, Kerber made her last stand.

Kvitova dropped her racket and held her head in her hands, her eyes filling with tears while her support team, wearing T-shirts marked "Courage, Belief, Pojd (Come on! in Czech)", celebrated wildly.

"She's one of the nicest girls, and we are all really happy to see her back".

Kvitova suffered injuries to her left hand from the attack and underwent more than three hours of surgery in December to fix damage to the tendons, all five fingers, and two nerves.

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