Kvitova to shed light on French Open participation Friday

Sheri Evans
May 29, 2017

Five months after surgery to fix serious hand injuries sustained in a knife attack at her home, the two-time Wimbledon victor will play her first match at Roland Garros against Julie Boserup of the U.S., who is ranked 86th in the world.

Kvitova suffered what her surgeon, Dr Radek Kebrle, described as "horrific" injuries to her left hand when she was stabbed by an intruder in her apartment last December. It was not really a big deal. "I knew this day would come but sometimes when I was watching tennis on TV, I didn't really feel great", she said.

The 19-time victor on the WTA Tour said her outlook on life had changed since the incident, and that she was doing everything she could to give herself a second chance back on court. "I didn't really have touch in the hand for holding the racket". And I was traveling to Grenoble to see the hand specialist, as well. Her return would also be a welcome boost for the women's Tour, especially with Serena Williams on maternity leave.

"I felt like the tennis was taken away from me, and it wasn't my decision".

"I had a good week in Barcelona but obviously haven't had any wins since, but I'll keep trying hard and hopefully get one or two this week", said Evans. I mean, really, from the beginning when I hit nice forehand, I was so happy inside, and I was, like, Wow, it's really great that I do have it still.

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"Not many people believe that I can play tennis again". Everything seems OK. Of course the hand doesn't have that power and the strength yet, but I'm working on it. "But we never know".

I'm still finding my way around - Evans Dan Evans: "Five sets are long matches and we'll see what happens". "So I stayed in life and I have all my fingers, I can play tennis and I can be here and be in the draw". I didn't test it in a match, of course.

Kvitova, a Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, confirmed through a spokeswoman that she should be ready to play in London.

"I have to start somewhere", said with a smile.

Adding to the uncertainty for the claycourt grand slam which starts on Sunday, defending champion Garbine Muguruza, who has not won more than three consecutive matches on the red dirt this season, was handed a tough first-round draw against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy. "And when I will step on the court it will be something really different compared to anything".

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