Muguruza advances, Kvitova knocked out

Defending Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round while Petra Kvitova was knocked out on Wednesday.

Muguruza was forced to work hard as she came back from a set down to defeat Anett Kontaveit 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 on the clay courts of Paris.

The Estonian broke Muguruza and consolidated to go 3-1 up, but Muguruza broke back later to force a tiebreaker. Kontaveit raced off to a 4-0 lead on her way to taking the opening set.

The world number 53 looked to be well on her way to an upset when she broke early again to go 3-1 up. But it was not to be, as the Spaniard rallied to break back twice and force a deciding set.

Muguruza took the form into the final set, where she won five of the last six games in her way to victory. 

Elsewhere, Bethanie Mattek-Sands knocked out 15th seed Petra Kvitova 7-6(5), 7-5(5) in a nail biting affair on Court 1.

The American fored 30 winners in the straight set win and she revealed she was happy to see Kvitova back on court after her hand was stabbed by a burglar in her home last year. 

"I was really happy to see her back, especially after everything that had happened," said Mattek-Sands on court afterwards. 
 
"You know, she's an inspiration. That's what I told her end of the match, too. She not only came back from all of that, she came back playing well."

 In other results, tenth seed Venus Williams made short work of Japanese star Kurumi Nara, winning 6-3, 6-1 while Catherine Belli knocked out 18th seed Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6(5).

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