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

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"And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did past year", Kerber said.

Makarova is likely to provide Kerber with a tough challenge on a searing hot day on Court Philippe Chatrier as she arrived at Roland Garros high on confidence, having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on the slow surface this year.

The home crowd will be treated with an all-French duel between Lucas Pouille, the 16th seed, and Julien Benneteau, a former quarter-finalist.

PARIS Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's comeback was cut short on Wednesday when she was dumped out of the French Open in a second round straight-sets defeat to doubles world number one Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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Meanwhile, it was Kvitova's first tournament since she suffered career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home in December.

"I bumped into her., gave her a big hug and said, "I'm really pleased you're back", Stosur said.

She had surgery on her left hand - the one she plays tennis with - after the knife attack in the Czech Republic. "I mean, I'm disappointed, for sure".

If her serve could have been better, there were plenty of good moments, and in many ways it was a classic Kvitova match with unforced errors punctuated by some stunning winners, a reminder of the shot-making that has lifted her to two Grand Slam titles. "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". A year ago as well, these were not the best weeks for me. "I think that my game still suits on the grass, and I will do my best to be there".

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The German became the first top seeded woman to lose in the opening round of the French Open since the sport went professional in 1968.

She rallied from 3-1 down to take the second set to a tie-break but lost to the American on a double fault. She made it to the third round of the US Open in 2016, and the second round there in 2014. "It's a great tournament for me, I have the best memories I can have".

When asked if her struggles were more physical or mental, Kerber said both were reason for the loss.

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza continued to pick her way through a nightmare draw with a terrific 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-2 victory over Anett Kontaveit. I didn't really have time to prepare or practice as much as I wanted, but I feel good.

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