Five months ago, two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova was attacked with a knife at her home and sustained severe injuries to her left hand, which left everyone wondering if she would play professional tennis again.
After surgery and an extensive recovery period, just to get back to a professional level, she won her first battle – being able to partake in this year’s French Open tournament.
After walking on to Court Philippe Chatrier to a warm welcome today, the popular Czech player, needed 1 hour and 13 minutes to power her way past Julia Boserup of America, 6-3 6-2 in their first round match.
Boserup was the first to congratulate Kvitova, with fellow players, Madison Keys and Andrea Petkovic, along with former player, Martina Navratilova, leading the congratulations on social media.
As a testimony to her determination to succeed, her support team all wore black t-shirts with the words “Courage. Belief. Pojd” printed on them. “Pojd” means “come on” in Czech.
Next up for Kvitova will be another American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, 7-5 6-2.