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Roland Garros 2017

Kvitova wins in impressive comeback after knife attack

There were plenty of smiles on Court Philippe Chatrier as the Czech Republic player dazzled in her first match since suffering serious hand injuries.
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Kvitova wins in impressive comeback after knife attack
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Petra Kvitova produced a superb performance on her return to action at the French Open, beating Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2 to storm into round two.

Kvitova was making her first appearance of 2017 on Sunday, after sustaining career-threatening injuries to her left hand when she was stabbed by an intruder in her apartment last December.

However, the two-time Wimbledon champion looked as though she had never been away as she racked up the winners in a hugely heartening comeback.

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Kvitova: "Thank you for everything"

Typically aggressive and strong on serve throughout, Kvitova claimed early breaks in either set en route to an emphatic triumph.

"It's a pleasure to be here. I'm really glad that we made the decision I would play here," the 15th seed said in an on-court interview.

Looking up at her box, where members of her team wore matching t-shirts bearing the words 'courage' and 'belief', she added: "Thank you very much guys, I love you. Thank you for everything you helped me with through this difficult time. I will always be appreciative."


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