Family and friends supported the two-time Wimbledon champ with t-shirts with a Czech slogan
COURAGE, belief, pojd were the words of the day as Petra Kvitova won her comeback match.
Family and friends of the two-time Wimbledon champion wore T-shirts with the slogan – “pojd” means “come on” in her native Czech – as she returned to action barely five months after being stabbed in her own home.
And after beating the USA’s Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2, Kvitova said: “Courage and belief was everything I needed to have for this to come back and play here again.
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“It doesn’t matter how I played. I won, and I had won already before, so I am happy for that.”
Kvitova did not play like a woman whose career had been left in the balance by terrible wounds to her left, dominant hand.
There was some rustiness, but her level of play must have exceeded even her own expectations.
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It will surely be too much to ask of Kvitova that she take advantage of the very open field and go all the way at Roland Garros.
But it will be hard to find a more popular victory this fortnight in Paris than the one she achieved in the French Open’s first completed match.