Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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Kerber meekly surrendered the first set and dropped serve in the opening game of the second a Makarova took a hold on the match that she rarely looked like relinquishing.

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Mixing winners and unforced errors in nearly equal measure, Kvitova had three break points to go 4-0 up but Boserup saw them off, although she could not overturn all the advantage.

Four successive breaks of serve followed before Makarova saved seven break points in the crucial eighth game to cause the upset. The two-time Wimbledon champ beat American Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round, but the win was so much more than just a favorable scoreline for Kvitova. Everyone who helped me through the hard time.

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"I'm really happy for her and I'm glad to see all of the players giving her a warm welcome back because she deserves it and she's such a great champion and a truly fantastic person off the court that she deserves that and more", said Rio Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig.

Any nerves Kvitova - a French Open semi-finalist in 2012 - might have had were quickly forgotten as the 15th seed hit an impressive forehand to win the match's opening point.

The 29-year-old German went down 6-2 6-2 to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova on the Philippe Chatrier Court, in a match which lasted one hour and 22 minutes.

On Sunday, she fell a double break down to trail 5-1 to her Russian opponent who she was facing for the 12th time.

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"It's a pleasure to be here, I'm really glad to have made the decision that I'm going to play here", Kvitova said afterwards. Well, with no warm up matches heading into this tournament, Kvitova dominated her service game and had 31 winners.

Petra Kvitova is eager to get back to "business as usual" and looking forward to Wimbledon following a successful return to action at the French Open.

Kvitova had made a quicker than expected recovery from the career-threatening injury sustained to her left, playing hand to compete at Roland Garros.

Olympic champion Monica Puig sent veteran Italian Roberta Vinci to her 10th first round loss in 13 visits to Paris, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

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Mattek-Sands said: "I was really happy to see her back, especially after everything that had happened". Leading 5-2 into her service, Makarova sealed the victory with a powerful forehand to deny Kerber's quest for the Suzanne Lenglen trophy. Kvitova was easily the story of day one in the French Open.

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