Petra Kvitova makes emotional return to Tennis five months after stabbing attack

So that's why what we try to show everyone.

"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".

It is indeed an inspiration.

If Kvitova was crying for joy, another double grand slam victor who followed her onto the main Philippe Chatrier showcourt, world number one Angelique Kerber, cut a troubled figure in gaining an unwelcome distinction that brought a hard season to a new low. I mean, I had big motivation, and I know that I was going to do everything I can even if I should just run from side to side to win it.

Kerber appeared to get back into the match when she recovered one break but the German immediately dropped her serve again. "Now I can just enjoy everything - sometimes I just stand outside and see the sun and say 'oh, it's attractive.' I see different kind of things than before". But if her first round showing was anything to go by, it's as if she never left.

Speaking after her win in Paris, Kvitova said: "It's a pleasure to be here and I'm happy I made the decision to play". "I maybe thought that I would cry when I step on the court, but I didn't today".

Tears rolled down her cheeks as she celebrated in front of her parents Jiri and Pavla, stood together with brothers Jiri and Libor in the stands on Roland Garros's main Court Philippe Chatrier.

The first result at the 2017 French Open was a tearful one. Top of the list, and still ranked No2, was three-time victor Serena Williams, now expecting her first child.

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

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Some of you might say that is just one game, yes it is, but it is one game on the road more, and it has to be won. Coaches are always trying to get their team to do that.

"The motivation that I had today was fantastic, and I really didn't want to lose".

"When we were thinking about playing here I told my coaches I wanted to come and win my first match".

"But, yeah, it felt great".

"After a little break when the rain came, I caught the racket and it was a little bit weird, but after one point everything was OK". So I'm glad that I didn't.

"It was really tough".

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Julia Boserup, of the U.S, in their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Paris. She will now face the victor of Evgeniya Rodina and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. "But I did not really give him chances to hit a lot".

It's the fourth consecutive year that Vinci lost her opening match at the clay-court Grand Slam. I still do have my goals, which I talk about in the end of the last seasons. "Of course going as a victor from the centre court was much better than stepping on the court". Kvitova was playing her first match since suffering career-threatening injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home in the Czech Republic. "I was happy that I didn't have any pain. So I'm glad that I didn't make it", she said with a smile on Sunday.

PARIS (AP) - Sweat-soaked and still wearing her match outfit, Petra Kvitova was looking for someone to hug as she wandered into the players' lounge in the French Open's main stadium shortly after leaving the court Sunday. "I don't want to think of what she's gone through", added the Russian.

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