Paris - Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought
back from a set down to beat Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg and reach the
French Open second round on Monday.
The eighth seed struggled early on Court Philippe Chatrier,
but came through 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Spaniard Lara
The 28-year-old Kvitova is one of the favourites to win a
maiden Roland Garros title after winning four titles this season, including on
clay in Prague and Madrid.
"I've won 12 matches straight on clay, but I'm still a
long way from Rafa," she said in reference to Rafael Nadal's upcoming bid
for an 11th men's singles crown.
Cepede Royg, who surprisingly reached the last 16 in Paris
last year, claimed the first set courtesy of a single break of the Kvitova
But the Czech roared back, racing through the second set in
only half an hour, before holding her nerve in a tight decider as Cepede Royg
dropped serve in the 11th game.