How fitting.Kvitova was a bit overwhelmed by the whole scene as she returned to the site of her two Grand Slam titles, a little more than six months after being cut by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Still unable to clench her hand for celebratory fist pumps or grip her racket fully, Kvitova came back to the All England Club and beat Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAll five fingers on the lefty’s racket-swinging hand were injured in the late December attack. At the time, Kvitova was told there was a possibility she might not play tennis again.Scars on that hand serve as a reminder of what happened, and she thinks the cream that she often rubs on her hands during changeovers — something she’s long done, even before the stabbing — might help her improve her grip strength. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend She acknowledged dealing with some jitters at the outset against Larsson, a Swede who is ranked 53rd. That might have led to three early double-faults.But Kvitova quickly found her game and was on her way. And she noticed that the crowd, clearly familiar with what she went through not that long ago, cheered even more loudly than usual for her.She’s popular among British bookmakers, too: Some have made her the favorite to take home the trophy in two weeks’ time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Suns sign draft pick Josh Jackson, guard Mike James Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning her Women’s Singles Match against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson, on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Monday, July 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — The surgeon who repaired Petra Kvitova’s left hand was in the Centre Court stands to watch her win in Wimbledon’s first round on Monday.“It was very nice that he sat in the box for my match. It was a special one,” Kvitova said. “I’m really glad that he took the invitation. He came with his wife to support me here.”ADVERTISEMENT She first returned to practice a little before the French Open, then began her competitive comeback in Paris in late May. A tournament title came next, on grass courts at Birmingham, England, in June.Those were both important milestones, to be sure.It was still a thrill to play once again at Wimbledon, where she won the championship in 2011 and 2014.“It was beautiful to be back on the court, playing my game, on the beautiful Centre Court, of course,” the 11th-seeded Kvitova said. “I couldn’t wish (for) more.”After winning Birmingham, she pulled out of a tuneup tournament at Eastbourne, citing an abdominal injury she thinks was a result of having the unwanted time off to begin the season.ADVERTISEMENT
The ICC on Monday confirmed its decision to relocate the venue for the India versus England World Cup match, which had been originally scheduled for Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 27 February. It will now take place in Bangalore on the same date. M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.The match was earlier moved from Eden Gardens after the International Council of Cricket (ICC) deemed it unfit to host the clash.On the basis of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommendation, the ICC has confirmed that the match will now take place at in Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.The ICC has also outlined a schedule of works that need to be carried out at Eden Gardens before taking final decision on the other three matches — Ireland-South Africa (March 15), Ireland-Holland (March 18) and Kenya-Zimbabwe (March 20) — scheduled in the city.An ICC press release quoting ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said, “This decision now clarifies and gives us certainty over the fixture.”An inspection team will now visit Kolkata on February 7 to assess the progress in line with the latest schedule.