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Kvitova makes winning return at French Open

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic clenches her fist after winning a point against Julia Boserup of the US during their first-round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, yesterday in Paris.

PARIS, France (AP):

Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players' lounge in the French Open's main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday.

She found her father, Jiri, and her brother, also Jiri, who greeted her with warm embraces and joyous kisses on the cheek. Kvitova's family members rarely attend her tournaments, but this was different "special" was the word she, and others, kept using.

Less than six months after a knife attack at her home, two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova was back competing, winning the first match of her comeback 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States.

"I'm happy with the game, of course," Kvitova said, "but I mean, it wasn't really about the game today."

Indeed, just being there under a cloud-filled sky at Court Philippe Chatrier was a triumph of sorts for Kvitova, who needed surgery on her left hand the one she uses to hold her racket after being stabbed by an intruder in the Czech Republic in late December. She was undecided until late last week whether to even try to play in the French Open.




Number one-seed Angelique Kerber suffered the biggest upset of the round when she went down 2-6, 2-6 to Ekaterina Makarova 2-6, 2-6, while Jelena Ostapenko overcame a first-set deficit against Louisa Chirico to claim a 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 win.

Monaca Puig overcame injury to beat Italian Roberta Vinci 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in a rain-affected match, as American Shelby Rogers needed two sets to defeat Marina Erakovic, 7-6, 6-4, as she made her way into the second round of the tournament in Paris.

Thirtieth-seed Timea Bacsinszky avoided an early upset over Spain' s Sara Sorribes Tormo, winning 6-1, 6-2 , an easy win for the Polish player.

American Madison Brengle and Germany's Julia Gorges played out an exciting match that ended with a 13-11, final-set victory for Brengle (1-6, 6-3, 13-11).

Christina McHale lost a tight, two-set match to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 7-5, 6-4.


Sunday's full women's results


Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [8] beat Christina McHale (USA) 7-5 6-4

Shelby Rogers (USA) beat Marina Erakovic (NZL) 7-6(4) 6-4

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) beat Angelique Kerber (GER) [1) 6-2 6-2

Venus Williams (USA) [10] beat Wang Qiang (CHN) 6-4 7-6(3)

Madison Brengle (USA) beat Julia Goerges (GER) 1-6 6-3 13-11

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) beat Louisa Chirico (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-2

Monica Puig (PRI) beat Roberta Vinci (ITA) [31] 6-3 3-6 6-2

Timea Bacsinszky (SWI) [30] beat Sara Sorribes Tormo (SPA) 6-1 6-2

Petra Kvitova (CZE) [15] beat Julia Boserup (USA) 6-3 6-2

Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) [22] 6-3 6-3

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) beat Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-4 6-0

Kurumi Nara (JPN) beat Amanda Anisimova (USA) 3-6 7-5 6-4

Oceane Dodin (FRA) beat Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-2 6-3

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) beat Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)

7-5 6-2


On the men's side, Belgian Dominic Thiem comfortably defeated Bernard Tomic with the sixth-seed winning 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 while 19th-seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Romania's Marius Copil in four sets,

7-6, 1-6, 4-6, 2-6 to qualify for the second round.

Mikhail Kukushkin secured a straight set victory over Tennys Sandgren, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 and 26th-ranked Gilles Muller was pushed hard by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, and the experienced player from Luxembourg crashed out 7-6,

6-7, 6-2, 6-2.


Sunday's full men's results


Dominic Thiem (AUT) [6] beat Bernard Tomic (AU) 6-4 6-0 6-2

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) [23] beat Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7-6(5) 7-5 6-4

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) beat Tennys Sandgren (USA) 6-2 6-1 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] beat Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-2 6-3 6-4

Pablo Carreno (SPA) [20] beat Florian Mayer (GER) 6-4 6-2 6-2

Taro Daniel (JPN) beat Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-4 6-4 6-4

Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) beat Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5-7 6-4 6-1 3-1 (Medvedev retired)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (SPA) beat Gilles Muller (LUX) [26] 7-6(4) 6-7(2) 6-2 6-2

Albert Ramos (SPA) [19] beat Marius Copil (ROM) 6-7(7) 6-1 6-4 6-2

Horacio Zeballos (ARG) beat Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 7-5 6-3 6-4

Tommy Robredo (SPA) beat Daniel Evans (GBR) 5-7 6-4 6-3 6-1

Marco Trungelliti (ARG) beat Quentin Halys (FRA) 3-6 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4

Robin Haase (NED) beat Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-2 6-3 6-1

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) beat Dusan Lajovic (SER) 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-4

Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] beat Julien Benneteau (FRA) 7-6(6) 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4