It was only the first day, but it already felt as though Petra Kvitova had won the French Open.
The attack at her home left her with career-threatening injuries and had surgery on her racket-holding hand.
But despite the trauma she suffered, the 27-year-old progressed to round two of the French Open, after defeating Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2.
She was initially expected to make a comeback in Wimbledon, but her recovery was quicker than expected and she first began training earlier this month.
Speaking after her win in Paris, Kvitova said: “It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m happy I made the decision to play.”
She also paid tribute to her parents, who were in stands for her match, which she won in just 74 minutes:
“Thank you for everything, you helped me through this difficult time. I’m glad with how I played. There are a few things to improve but what can I expect after such a long time.”
An emotional win for @Petra_Kvitova.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 28, 2017