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.
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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