Andrea Petkovic

Recovering Kvitova feels the love from Australian Open fans

A year ago Petra Kvitova was recovering from a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic, unsure if she'd ever play tennis again.

Any wonder that on her return to the Australian Open — a tournament she missed last year because of the December 2016 attack — that a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 first-round loss to Andrea Petkovic didn't really bother her in the overall scheme of things.

At the end of their match on Tuesday at Show Court 2, Kvitova was in tears, but not for any bad reason.

"I was able to play anyway," said Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion. "I felt support during the match. It made me cry when I left the court, when I heard those people...