"I think I had three great matches in Eastbourne".
French Open runner-up Simona Halep also advanced to the second round with a 6-4 6-1 rout of Kiwi qualifier Marina Erakovic.
He's a very close friend of Daria Kasatkina, and I'm friends with her. That's the big, big thing that I'm here. And, it's because of her semi-final finish in Mallorca that the youngster looks to be a player who could cause some upsets in the draw.
Due to her ranking the tough games come early for Kvitova, starting with a heavyweight clash with Johanna Konta in Round four. I knew she could be risky, I was expecting a tough match.
"I'm feeling much better playing on grass, I worked very hard the last few weeks after Paris".
Six months on from suffering career-threatening hand injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home, Kvitova was a picture of contentment in London, thrilled to be fit and well two days out from her opening match.
Having stepped away from the court as she waits to become a mother in September, Williams, who won Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, has created a power vacuum at the top that Sharapova was expected to fill when the Russian returned from her doping suspension. She has reached finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami this year, but has not progressed to the showpiece of a grass-court event since winning Eastbourne in 2009. I think I see life and tennis from a little bit of a different angle than before. I'm a positive person and I want to challenge myself and try to play well on every surface and not be that kind of player who thinks "okay, this is not my surface, it doesn't matter, I can give up if it's not working well"...
Kvitova is only just returning from the horror hand injury she sustained when she confronted a knifeman breaking into her home last December.
Kvitova believes that although the memories of the attack will always be with her - the investigation by Czech police is still ongoing - she will refuse to be defined as a victim.
"I'm still missing matches", she said. "So I am really grateful that I am still here and to live the moment".