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FRENCH OPEN: KVITOVA EXITS IN SECOND ROUND AFTER INJURY COMEBACK

Czech Republican, Petra Kvitova return to the Roland Garros after suffering career-threatening injuries to her left hand ended up in a second round exit as she lost to American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

The Czech who said she “was lucky to be alive” after being stabbed in her hometown won the first round on Sunday but could not go a step further as she was beaten 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5) by Sands.

Kvitova, 27, who is twice Wimbledon Champion came back from the injury suffered in December at the start of the month and despite rallying from a 3-1 set down, she was unable to break the American as she lost in straight sets.

She is now focusing on the upcoming Wimbledon, a tournament she has won twice in 2011 and 2014.

She said after the game;

“After the match, I didn’t feel as bad as normally I probably do”.

“I’m still happy I’m here and playing.

“The fairytale ended. Now, in 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 what I do need to improve to my game.”

In the Men’s singles, defending champion Novak Djokovic eased past Joao Sousa to reach the third round at Roland Garros.

The Serb who has been jittery of late beat the Portuguese 6-1 6-4 6-3 in two hours and seven minutes to set up a clash with Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Elsewhere, nine time French Open champion, Rafa Nadal will take on Dutch Robin Haase on Philippe Chatrier Court later today.

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