“I’m not sure. My father did not like it that I throw my racket, I think,” Kvitova replied.
Kvitova had missed all season prior to the French Open while recovering from surgery on her racket-holding left hand. She sustained damage to the tendons, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, during the attack.
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Doctors initially thought she would need more time before returning to tennis. But Kvitova’s recovery was faster than expected and she signed up for the French Open at the last minute.
In Paris, she managed to win her opening match but the gritty and experienced Mattek-Sands was too much of a hurdle.
“It’s weird. I mean, I’m disappointed, for sure. I came here to win the matches,” Kvitova said. “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.”
Kvitova will now quickly turn her focus to Wimbledon, where she won the title in 2011 and 2014, and hopes she will be able to play with less media pressure.
“Wimbledon should be much more relaxed afterwards,” she said. “I really am looking forward to being there. It’s a really great tournament for me. I have the best memories which I can have. I think that my game still suits on the grass, and I will do my best to be there.”
Mattek-Sands, a doubles champion at Roland Garros two years ago, is back in the third round of the French Open for the first time since 2013 and will next face Samantha Stosur.
The American with a punk rocker style — she plays in a shirt covered with cherries and wears long black socks — hadn’t won a main draw match in the last five Grand Slam tournaments.
Tsonga Out: Nothing much went right for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at this year’s French Open.
One game away from elimination when play resumed on Wednesday, Tsonga lasted less than eight minutes on court before losing to Renzo Olivo, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4.
“I didn’t have the best feeling yesterday or even today,” Tsonga said. “I never really found the right pace. Unfortunately, that meant I couldn’t play well enough to win.”
The first-round match started Tuesday, but was suspended because of darkness with Olivo leading 5-4 in the fourth set.
It was the first time Tsonga has lost to a player ranked as low as No. 91 at a Grand Slam.
Djokovic Advances: Defending champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Joao Sousa, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.
The second-seeded Serb will next face Diego Schwartzman.