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Kvitova wins opening match at French Open on her return to tennis

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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova advanced to the French Open second round on Sunday, winning her first match back on tour against American player Julia Boserup.

The two-time Wimbledon champion won 6-3, 6-2 against Boserup in a match which lasted around an hour and 13 minutes.

The 27-year-old had to undergo a four-hour operation to repair tendons and nerves in her left hand after sustaining knife wounds from an attacker at her home in Prostejov, Czech Republic, on December 20. Doctors said it would take her six months to recover.

Kvitova is set to face the winner of the match between America's Bethanie Mattek-Sand and Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

Speaking on court after her win, Kvitova said,  "It's a pleasure to be here and I'm happy I made the decision to play."

"Thank you for everything, you helped me through this difficult time," Kvitova said to the sparse crowd that had turned up early to watch some tennis at Roland Garros. "I'm glad with how I played. There are a few things to improve but what can I expect after such a long time."