Kvitova makes winning return to tennis

Kvitova makes winning return to tennis

The final shot found the net.

That was an earth-shattering realisation for a woman who has made over $22 million, reached number two in the world and counts the 2011 and 2014 Wimbledon crowns amongst her 19 career titles.

The 27-year-old, who dropped her racket and hid some tears behind her hands after match point, had spent five months out of the game since undergoing emergency surgery in December when she was stabbed during a burglary. I'm really glad I made the decision to play here. It was a hard time for me, of course. "She's a No. 1 and she's a great player and I knew that I have to win it; she's not going to miss it", Makarova said. "As I said last time [before the tournament], I already won".

Her parents Jiri and Pavla and brothers Jiri and Libor were in the stands on Court Philippe Chatrier, with her team decked out in matching T-shirts saying "Courage, Belief, Pojd ('Come on" in Czech)'.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth-seeded 2009 champion, survived two time warnings to make the second round by seeing off Christina McHale of the USA 7-5 6-4.

"I thought maybe I'd cry when I'd step on the court, but I didn't today. I'm happy about that". Kvitova was up 40-0 in the game, but Boserup methodically eliminated all three set points to bring the score to deuce.

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Kvitova's chances of meeting most of those seeds are, admittedly, slim, but the more matches she gets before Wimbledon, the better-for there, she just may be ready to cause a few upsets.

Adding to the uncertainty for the claycourt grand slam which starts on Sunday, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who has not won more than three consecutive matches on the red dirt this season, was handed a tough first-round draw against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

The top seed was sent packing in straight sets by the Russian, picking up her fifth career win over Kerber with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory on the clay courts of Paris.

Makarova broke Kerber's serve twice in the opening set and did so again in the second, racing into a 3-0 lead.

Last year, she fell to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. "From the beginning I was really feeling really weird when I went in the city or somewhere". The forehand was there. "I'm really happy that really here, the dream comes true". Read Also: Rafael Nadal: I nearly destroyed my wrist at French Open Anisimova, the Florida-based daughter of Russian parents, made the tournament courtesy of winning the USA wild card play-off. "I hope that it will be kind of inspiration for other people, as well".