Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova wins return from knife attack

2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova wins return from knife attack

Angelique Kerber has not been playing at all like someone ranked No. 1 this season, and on Sunday she became the first woman seeded No. 1 to lose in the French Open's first round in the professional era.

Grigor Dimitrov has won his first match in four years at Roland Garros to reach the second round of the clay-court major.

"I think I played well after six months off".

- American wildcard Amanda Anisimova, at 15 years and nine months the youngest player in the women's main draw since France's Alize Cornet in 2005, came close to upsetting the form book against 90th-ranked Japan's Kurumi Nara.

The two-time Wimbledon champion swept aside American Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 in her first match since suffering career-threatening injuries to her left playing hand when she tackled an intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov. "After what she went through, it's incredible", Boserup said.

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

Kerber's strokes were off against Makarova, who has reached two major semifinals but never been past the fourth round in Paris. Read Also: French Open to allOlympic champion Monica Puig sent veteran Italian Roberta Vinci to her 10th first round loss in 13 visits to Paris, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

"Yesterday I was thinking how everything will be, and I couldn't really imagine how that's going to be, " Kvitova said afterward.

"I'm really happy for her and I'm glad to see all of the players giving her a warm welcome back because she deserves it and she's such a great champion and a truly incredible person off the court that she deserves that and more", said Rio Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig. "Gave her a big hug".

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"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, because I wanted to come back not just to play, but of course I still do have my goals, which I talk about in the end of the last seasons".

The official French Open Twitter account appeared to forget that all Grand Slam men's matches are best of five sets.

The 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic, who is also known for his big serve and 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) stature, advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-4 win over 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Kvitova enters the competition with a protected seeding of 15 and wanted to just "test" the waters at Roland Garros.

- Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem blazed through his first-round match with a 6-4 6-0 6-2 demolition of Australian Bernard Tomic.

There was another rapid exchange of breaks before Makarova sealed the result on her first match point with a forehand down the line after recovering from 40-0 down.

Both U.S. Tennis Association wild-card entries lost in the first round of the French Open.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation, who is ranked 40th, broke twice early on to go into a 6-2 lead. Does it matter how far she progresses in this grand slam event?

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