The clay season is finally coming to an end in France with the second Grand Slam of the year, Roland Garros. The tournament surely has many surprising and unexpected entries, one of them being in Petra Kvitova, who wasn’t expected to play even after being drawn in the French Open 2017.
Kvitova, until yesterday, was a amongst the popular heads for missing the Grand Slam which included Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, and Maria sharapova – with a rather sad reason behind it. Kvitova was attacked at her residence 6 months ago and was stabbed by the invader making her sustain multiple injuries in her left arm in a bid to defend herself. She underwent a surgery on her dominant hand immediately after the attack but it casted severe doubts on her playing career back then, considering the amount of time she has remained off court.
Kvitova is about the face the American, Julia Boserup, after being honored with a match on the Court Phillipe Chatrier by the French Tennis Federation. But Kvitova does admit her left hand is still not fully recovered, which makes provides an advantage to the American.
The injured hand is just one issue, but considering the electrifying atmosphere and the grand podium for performance, the pundits are placing their odds on the returning player, neglecting her injured hand.
Boserup, on the other hand, isn’t a well known personality in the world of tennis and has managed to stay inside the Top 200 mostly in her career. The American currently is entering the match ranked at No.86 in the World, just one place off her career best. Boserup showed some decent performances last year after managing it to the Third Round at the Wimbeldon followed by making it to the semis of the WTA International event in Quebec after squandering to the defending champ. She started this year rather dully, after failing to qualify for Brisbane and Hobart but did end up qualifying for the Australian Open after triumphing over the former champ Francesca Schiavone and making it to the second round.
Talking about the Czech, she hasn’t had a good time playing on clay. Despite of the stats showing her as a two time Madrid Open champion and a semi-finalist in the French Open in 2012, she has failed even to make it to the quarters since then. But this match will surely not be about wnning or losing for the World No.16 as she earlier stated about having won the major battle in her road to recovery and making it back playing tennis, what as per her seemed to have been snatched away.
Kvitova played her last match in 2016 losing Caroline Garcia in straight sets. Since then, it would be her first match after her return. Both the contraries haven’t played each other yet and this would be their first match going head to head.
It would be an intriguing tie to watch for but not in terms of win/loss, but the fact of Kvitova’s return to tennis after a long halt. It would be a moment of delight for the Czech’s fans and would surely be a cherry n top given Kvitova gets a winning headstart to the new phase of her career.