Kvitova makes emotional winning comeback at French Open

- World number one Angelique Kerber after her first round loss.

Not as fortunate was Angelique Kerber, who became the first women's No. 1 seed to lose in the French Open's first round in the Open era.

How the seeds fared: Apart from Kerber, former US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci and 2017 Australian Open semi-finalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni also crashed out of the women's event, but Gilles Muller was the only men's seed to fall.

Kvitova began things with a quick forehand victor; she compiled the first 10 winners of the match and finished with a 31-9 edge in that category. "That's unbelievable", she said.

Kvitova's eyes welled with tears at the end of her 6-3, 6-2 win against 86th-ranked Julia Boserup of the United States.

Less than six months after being attacked by an knife-wielding intruder in her apartment in the Czech town of Prostejov, Petra Kvitova was victorious in her first match back and first of the 2017 season. "So it was a real pleasure to play in front of them and play how I played", said Kvitova, whose team wore black t-shirts emblazoned with the words "courage" and "belief".

It was the second year in succession that Kerber, Australian Open and US Open singles champion in 2016, has lost her opening match in Paris.

The No. 1 seed lost in straight sets to Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2 6-2 opening Roland Garros.

The German will be happy to leave Roland Garros behind, and hope to rediscover a game in which several cylinders are misfiring in time for Wimbledon, where she finished runner-up a year ago. 12 months ago, she crashed out in three sets to unseeded Dutch right-hander Kiki Bertens.

Kvitova has not played in a tournament since she was attacked at her home in the Czech Republic in December. She can likely say goodbye to her number one WTA ranking, depending on how the rest of the French Open goes.

Kvitova suffered injuries to her left hand from the attack and underwent more than three hours of surgery in December to fix damage to the tendons, all five fingers and two nerves. Mattek-Sands has made the third round of the French Open just once since 2012.

But, arriving at Roland Garros high on confidence after having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on clay this year, she held her nerve to close out the match in a final game that featured five deuce points.

She added: "Do I think I had a chance [to have won at Roland Garros]?"

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