Kvitova wins opening match on grass in Birmingham

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a return to fellow country woman Tereza Smitkova during day two of the Birmingham Classic at Edgbaston Priory Birmingham England Tuesday

Kvitova wins opening match on grass in Birmingham

Just six months after sustaining severe damage to her left hand when she was stabbed by an intruder in her apartment, Kvitova returned to the WTA Tour at the French Open last month.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova will begin her preparations for a return to the All England Club at the AEGON Classic this week, but she will not demand too much of herself so soon into her comeback.

Now she was happy, she said, an emotion she apparently generated in others, particularly when the music which signalled her capture of the first set was allowed to continue so long that it delayed the second set by a minute.

Kvitova was an eighth-ranked 21-year-old when she first won Wimbledon and she admits she did not really know how to handle the moment.

But Kvitova will not consider this a step towards an attempt on a third Wimbledon title just yet. "In Wimbledon, it feels so quiet, so comfy, like for me as a home".

"The first one was like a fairytale, I have to say". I'm always renting a house in the Wimbledon village, so for me it's like more than a tournament, we are as a family there if I can say that. "It is just more relaxed for me, it is fantastic", she said. So that's important for me right now and it doesn't matter if I have many matches and if I win or lose or whatever.

She added: "I need to live with it".

"I often felt like a rookie", Muguruza said.

2015 Roland Garros champion and former Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza, seeded six in Birmingham, is up against Russian qualifier Elizaveta Kulichkova; while third seed Dominka Cibulkova and unsafe unseeded floater Lucie Safarova face off in one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of day two. "So I think I'm getting over it, so it will be there probably for the rest of my life, but I think I will deal with it somehow", she said.

"I think the main thing is that I love playing tennis and love to be back and that is what I am really enjoying now. I don't miss the nerves - I am always very nervous". "I took four or five days off, and now I want to keep going for the year. I am just really glad I can play tennis again".

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