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Kvitova ready to knuckle down after French Open exit

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Petra Kvitova is looking forward to it being business as usual after her comeback ended with defeat in the second round of the French Open.

The two-time Wimbledon champion made an emotional return to tennis on Sunday with victory over Julia Boserup five months after she was stabbed by an intruder at her house.

The result was secondary, with Kvitova and her doctors having feared she would never play professionally again, but the Czech was much closer to her best level than had been expected.

Kvitova looked in good shape again early on against Bethanie Mattek-Sands in round two, but the American fought back to win 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).

The Czech said: "It's weird. I'm disappointed, for sure. I came here to win matches. But I really fought. After the match, I didn't feel that bad as normally I probably do. I'm still happy I'm here and playing.

"The fairytale has ended. Now, in the upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual. That's what I'm looking forward to, just focusing on the tennis and on the game and everything I need to do to improve my game."

There was an interested spectator on Court Philippe-Chatrier as Serena Williams dropped by Roland Garros to watch sister Venus.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who is expecting her first child in the autumn, headed to her apartment in Paris after attending the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend.

And there was plenty for the Williams family to cheer as 10th seed Venus eased to a 6-3 6-1 win over Kurumi Nara.

Venus is hoping Serena will stay and support her during the rest of the tournament.

"I'm sure she feels the excitement of being at a Major and not having the pressure to play and prepare," said the 36-year-old, who appeared to reveal during a TV interview that Serena is expecting a girl.

"It must be an interesting feeling to say the least. But she knows exactly what it's like out there, and she's had a lot of success here. If she stays through the end, I would like that."

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza continued to pick her way through a nightmare draw with a terrific victory over Anett Kontaveit.

Caroline Wozniacki claimed the first double bagel of the tournament against Canada's Francoise Abanda, but it was not a good day for Ekaterina Makarova, conqueror of top seed Angelique Kerber in round one. She was knocked out 6-2 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko.

There was a notable victory, meanwhile, for 18-year-old American Cici Bellis over last year's semi-finalist Kiki Bertens.

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