Kerber was not in this at all.
Kerber struggled with 25 unforced errors against just 16 winners, and won less than 50 percent of points behind her first serve.
Pliskova, who faces Zheng Saisai in her first match, needs to reach the final, while third seed Halep, who is defending fourth round points from past year, needs to win the title.
In December, Kvitova suffered injuries to her left hand but recover quicker than expected to play in Roland Garross.
Considering that the WTA number one, Kerber, went out in the first round the same day, Serena Williams is out on pregnancy leave, Sharapova wasn't even invited to the FO tournament and is still trying to justify her wild card gifts, and Victoria Azarenka won't be coming back until the grass season, having Kvitova back on the tour is a welcome distraction from a gutted field of women champions.
That picture offers the starkest of contrasts with a spectacular 2016 that also brought her major wins in the Australian and US Opens.
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The plan has been to try and come back in time for Wimbledon, but that date was brought forward by a month and yesterday she flattened Julia Boserup, the world No 86 from the United States, 6-3, 6-2 in 74 minutes.
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"I'm really happy for her and I'm glad to see all of the players giving her a warm welcome back because she deserves it and she's such a great champion and a truly unbelievable person off the court that she deserves that and more", said Rio Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig. "The first few months were the worst because we didn't know how the hand would respond to work, but we were positive".Then, addressing her guest box, which included her parents and brother, she said: "Thank you for everything you helped me through (in) this hard time".
"I know that I have to be ready 100% from the first match", said Kerber, who recently regained the world's top ranking from Serena Williams.
With her setback, Kerber joined this list, which she'd rather never see again.
Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation, who is ranked 40th, broke twice early on to go into a 6-2 lead.
Kvitova, 26, was injured when an intruder, under the pretense of checking a utility meter, entered her apartment in Prostejov.
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At the time, her surgeon doubted that Kvitova would ever play again but, as she said, "I'm happy that I like challenges". Mattek-Sands has made the third round of the French Open just once since 2012. So every time I touched a ball, I felt it.
Along with Makarova, her fellow countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova also wins her opening round match.
"Amazing", she said. "I surprised myself".
"And the expectations from me also are really big because I know what I can do and what I did a year ago".
There were three opportunities for Boserup to break back in game five, but the American failed to take her chances and Kvitova was able to remain in command, racing through her next service game with a love hold that was rounded off with an ace.
Bernard Tomic in action on day one of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2017 in Paris, France. A double fault (it was his 10th) on match point summed up his afternoon.
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