French Open to start with Petra Kvitova's return to court

The net seemed to have a sense of occasion and generously helped her out twice, although she scarcely needed it.

"I have to say that I'm kind of surprised how I played, even [though] I lost", Kvitova said.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. "I'm not here to sit and talk with you guys, but - that's nice, as well", a smiling Kvitova told reporters. I think that was the key for the match. Williams, who won the year's first major in Australia, is on a break for the rest of the year, awaiting the birth of her first child.

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"I see her this morning and I hug her", said 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Czech said: "It's weird". "I mean, I'm disappointed, for sure. But it happened. I just went there and was fighting and tried to show my good tennis", she added. The fairy tale ended.

Makarova nailed three games in a row in the second set, before Kerber broke in the fourth game in an unfamiliar manner.

The match was Kvitova's first of the season after the extensive nerve and ligament damage she sustained in a knife attack during a home invasion back in December. "That's unbelievable", she said. "But, yeah, now I can not changing anymore and trying to looking forward". I'm disappointed that the clay court season was not so good. "I think that my game still suits on the grass, and I will do my best to be there".

There were plenty of opportunities for her to clench a fist and scream "Pojd!" on Sunday against Boserup, who was making her debut in the French Open's main draw and facing a lefty for the first time. Her goal of getting a career Grand Slam will have to wait, and it's now in jeopardy.

Kerber of Germany was shocked at Roland Garros on the first day of the major tournament, losing 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

Elsewhere, men's seeded players Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov swept their opponents, while local favorite Lucas Pouille had to come back from 2-1 down to edge compatriot Julien Benneteau in full sets. She is ranked 48th. Madison Brengle of the USA defeated Germany's Julia Goerges 1-6 6-3 13-11 in a tie stretching to nearly three hours. Boserup, a 25-year-old American ranked 85, made it more competitive after that without ever threatening a comeback.

It was Kvitova who initially looked the stronger, the Czech's power and aggression enough to earn a 4-2 lead after the match had begun with successive breaks of serve.

Williams is playing at Roland Garros for the 20th time, a record in the Open era.

Grigor Dimitrov, who put on a brilliant display of tennis at the Australian Open this year, has not had much luck since.



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