Petra Kvitova though she might never play again but won at the French Open in round one
The two-time Wimbledon champion made returned to tennis on Sunday with a win over Julia Boserup just five months after she was stabbed by an intruder.
Kvitova had her left hand slashed in the attack and tendons in all four of her fingers and thumb were damaged, as well as two nerves.
Doctors were concerned she would never regain full function never mind play professional tennis again, but the Czech has impressed at Roland Garros.
The 27-year-old looked in good shape again early on against Bethanie Mattek-Sands in round two, but the American fought back to win 7-6(5) 7-6(5).
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Kvitova had led 3-1 in the opening set with points for 4-1 and flung her racket in annoyance after serving a double fault on match point.
But Kvitova leaves Paris with far more positive feelings than negative and could yet be a major force on grass, her favourite surface.
"It's weird. I'm disappointed, for sure," Kvitova said.
"I came here to win matches. But I really fought.
Petra Kvitova was knocked out of the French Open by Bethanie Mattek-Sands
"After the match, I didn't feel that bad as normally I probably do. I'm still happy I'm here and playing.
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"The fairytale ended. Now, in upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual.
"That's what I'm looking forward to, just focusing on the tennis and on the game and everything I need to do to improve my game."
Kvitova and Mattek-Sands shared a long embrace at the net at the end of the match.
"She's an inspiration, actually," Mattek-Sands said.
"That's what I told her at the end of the match, too.
"She not only came back from all of that, she came back playing well."
Kvitova has not yet decided on her grass-court schedule leading up to Wimbledon, with the priority being to ensure her hand continues to recover.
"Wimbledon should be much more relaxed," Kvitova added.
"I really am looking forward to being there.
"It's a really great tournament for me.
"I have the best memories which I can have."