French Open roundup from day one's action
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 15:47
If Petra Kvitova had been just a worthy adversary who lost a competitive match on Sunday, she still would have walked off center court at Roland Garros a victor for her bravery and determination. "After what she went through, it's incredible", Boserup said.Kvitova was in action for the first time since she was attacked with a knife in her home in the Czech Republic five months ago.
"I'm happy with the game, of course", she said. It was a real pleasure to play in front of them and play how I played.
Kerber could also face a challenge of losing her top position on WTA world rankings if second-seeded Karolina Pliskova managed to make into the final.
But despite the trauma she suffered, the 27-year-old progressed to round two of the French Open, after defeating Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2. But Djokovic split with those coaches, as well as other members of his entourage, hoping to regain the groove that made him the first man in almost a half-century to win four consecutive majors. Mattek-Sands looks for her first third round appearance in a grand slam since the 2015 US Open.
Kvitova was the first victor of the day defeating the USA's Julia Boserup in emphatic fashion, which was her first victory since last November. She took 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 3-0 lead and never really faced a whole lot of resistance, other than when she saved three break points - the only ones she had to deal with in the match - while ahead 3-1.
Muguruza, who claimed the women's title past year by upsetting Serena Williams in the final, plays first on Court Philippe Chatrier.
If you don't like long lines that move nowhere for what seems like an eternity, then we recommend you get to the French Open early - and by early we mean before the early bird catches the worm. The 2009 Roland Garros semifinalist chalked up only her second win on clay this season after struggling on the surface in the run-up to the Paris major.
A French Open already missing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova is now without No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber, too, lending even more of a feeling that the women's championship is anyone's to win.
"I think it doesn't really matter how I played, but I won", Kvitova said.
It's the fourth consecutive year that Vinci lost her opening match at the clay-court Grand Slam.
"This match was special to me", said Kvitova, the No. 15 seed, who had declared that just entering the French Open was a victory.
Kvitova dropped her racket and held her head in her hands, her eyes filling with tears while her support team, wearing T-shirts marked "Courage, Belief, Pojd" (Come on! in Czech), celebrated wildly.