Kvitova's return to provide French Open with early emotions

The 90th-ranked Nara beat Anisimova, who reached the junior final in Paris previous year, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

"In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand", Kvitova, 26, wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident.

Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova on Sunday advanced to French Open second round, winning her first match against American player Julia Boserups.

Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against China's Wang Qiang.

She said on Friday her decision to compete in Paris was a "last-minute decision".

Although maybe not, considering how Kerber has fared lately.

Anisimova, who is 262nd in the rankings, became the first player born in 2001 to earn a spot in a Grand Slam main draw when she claimed the U.S. Tennis Association's wild card for the French Open.

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"If you are losing, it's always tough to (enjoy) the game", Kerber said.

"I know that my hand, it's not perfectly ready".

She added: "Not many people believed that I could play tennis again".

The 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic, who is also known for his big serve and tall stature, advanced to the second round with a 7-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"I stayed alive and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw".

"Of course I'm sad; I don't want to hide that", Halep said of her disappointment.

Kerber had only four winners and 12 unforced errors in the first set and didn't even earn a break point until the last game, which Makarova won, anyway. Makarova then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set. But that was about it.

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She was an impressive 7/8 at the net, and saved all three break points she faced.

Playing at Roland Garros also enabled the 27-year-old to get all the emotions of her comeback out of the way before the grass, where, in a wide open field, she will have expectations beyond merely being on court.

"I really was a (Pete) Sampras fan, to tell you the truth", he said.

She suffered career-threatening injuries to her left playing hand when she tackled an intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov.

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Then, addressing her guest box, which included her parents and brother, she said: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time". "Gave her a big hug".

Emergency surgery - nearly four hours long - helped fix damage to the Czech's tendons and nerves and she has been battling back to fitness ever since.

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