Petra Kvitova, 12th in the world, came to the brink of disaster Sunday in the first round of Roland Garros, but after saving a match point, she won 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7 / 5), 6-1, against the Belgian Greet Minnen, 125th and after qualifying.
The 31-year-old Czech will face in the second round the Russian Elena Vesnina (who enjoys a protected classification of 52nd in the world) or the Belarusian Olga Govortsova (138th and lucky looser).
Semi-finalist last year in Paris, Kvitova was held in check during the first two sets.
In the first set Minnen broke away 3-1. At 5-4 for the Belgian who served for the victory of the set, Kvitova equalized (5-5) and the two players found themselves in the decisive game, dominated by Minnen.
They each went on to win their face-offs, until Kvitova broke to lead 5-4. But Minnen lined up two games in a row to lead 6-5.
She then obtained a match point on the service of the Czech, without succeeding in transforming it. His luck had just passed.
In the process, Kvitova equalized at 6-6 and won the tie break. The last round was only a formality for the Czech, double winner of Wimbledon (2011 and 2014).
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