French Open starts with Petra Kvitova's return

Tennis- French Open- Roland Garros Paris France- 28/5/17Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her first round match against Russia's

Tennis- French Open- Roland Garros Paris France- 28/5/17Germany's Angelique Kerber reacts during her first round match against Russia's

Several of the big names in the sport will not be at this year's tournament.

"The first point was awesome", she said.

"But I think that for all the staff, for the media, for seeing the opponents, the friends and people around, it's just really important to be here and to have done everything what I need to do to be more relaxed inside and more peace for the next coming tournaments".

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's return to action came to an end in the second round of the French Open after she was crashed out by American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets on Wednesday.

However, the 15th seed won the opening point of the match with a sweeping cross-court forehand to set the tone for a convincing victory in just 74 minutes over world number 86 Boserup. Roberta Vinci, the No. 31 seed, lost a three-set match to Monica Puig, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

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"I didn't feel any differences, which is nice", she said.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and U.S. Opens. Kerber lost convincingly to Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-2 and is now out of the French Open.

The American then came from 3-0 down to win the breaker, a thumping backhand return victor earning a set point that was converted with an unreturned serve, but left the court for treatment after moving ahead.

However, after full training went better than expected when she resumed this month, Kvitova made a decision to target the French Open for some extra court-time - then promptly rolled over American world No86 Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 in just 74 minutes on her return.

"I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won", the 15th-seeded Kvitova said.

French Open to start with Petra Kvitova's return to court
She rallied from 3-1 down to take the second set to a tie-break but lost to the American on a double fault. When asked if her struggles were more physical or mental, Kerber said both were reason for the loss.

After the attack, Kvitova needed surgery on her left hand, which she uses to hold her racket, and was undecided until late last week whether she would attempt to play in the French Open.

Kvitova was playing for the first time since she was stabbed during an attempted burglary at her home in the Czech Republic in December. "Gave her a big hug".

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

If you don't like long lines that move nowhere for what seems like an eternity, then we recommend you get to the French Open early - and by early we mean before the early bird catches the worm. "And the expectations are also, from me, really big, of course, because I know what I can do, what I did a year ago", Kerber said. Thiem first chased a drop shot, hit a shot between his legs and sealed the point with a stunning passing shot. It was the first Grand Slam main-draw appearance for Sandgren.

The 29-year-old admits it hasn't been easy to enjoy herself on court these days, and that the problem is both technical and mental.

Mattek-Sands will play 23rd seed Sam Stosur in the third round after the Australian beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2 7-6 (8-6).

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