Petra Kvitova to play at French Open

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"I'm happy that when I'm playing I don't have pain in my hand", said Kvitova, shortly after she had been drawn against Boserup, the world number 86.

"I've already won my biggest fight", Kvitova told reporters.

Top seed Angelique Kerber and defending champion Garbine Muguruza have both been handed tricky tests in an event that looks wide open in the absence of Serena Williams, who announced her pregnancy earlier this year.

"And I'm really looking forward to my match". And I was traveling to Grenoble to see the hand specialist, as well.

The 19-time victor on the WTA Tour said her outlook on life had changed since the incident, and that she was doing everything she could to give herself a second chance back on court.

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"I'm here in the draw and I'm playing tennis again, and it was a hard time for me, of course", she said.

Kvitova is now ranked 16th in the world and will be making her ninth appearance at Roland Garros - her best showing came in 2012 when she reached the semi-finals. When I watch some (tennis) on the TV, I didn't really feel great.

"I didn't sleep well the days after, but I wasn't really staying alone", Kvitova said about her frame of mind in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Hopefully one day will be everything ideal. As she put it, "The tennis is a joy now".

Given the physicality required to play on clay, and the stress of a grand slam, it would still be a surprise if she does take her place in the draw at Roland Garros.

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"The hand doesn't have that power and the strength yet, but I'm working on it".

The opening match in the main stadium is Kvitova against 86th-ranked Julie Boserup of the United States.

Kvitova's change in perspective meant that she realised how much she loved the sport, but also that it is only just a sport.

Britain's world No 7 has never gone beyond the first round in the French capital and will get her campaign underway against 31-year-old Hsieh, a two-time Grand Slam women's doubles champion, with one of her major titles coming at Roland Garros alongside Shuai Peng in 2014.

If results go the right way, then Djokovic could find himself up against nine-time French Open victor and tournament fourth seed Rafael Nadal. Maybe it will be different when the nerves comes and I'm going to be tight and everything.

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