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2016 CZECH EXTRALIGA - Tennis Club PROSTEJOV shows support to PETRA KVITOVA during trophy ceremony. Tennis star Petra Kvitova injured by knife-wielding attacker at home in Czech Republic

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 2:50 PM


Tennis Club PROSTEJOV shows support to PETRA KVITOVA during trophy ceremony 2016 EXTRALIAGA

Myslime na tebe. Jsme s tebou. = We think of you. We are with you.

Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon tennis champion, was attacked by a man with a knife on Tuesday morning in her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, sustaining severe injuries to her left hand.


Petra Kvitova 'fortunate to be alive' after potentially career-threatening knife attack

BBC | 20 December 2016

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she is "fortunate to be alive" after being injured in a potentially career-threatening knife attack at her home on Tuesday.

Kvitova, 26, is undergoing surgery for severe lacerations to all four fingers on her left hand - her playing hand.

The incident, described as a burglary, happened in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

"I am shaken," said Kvitova, adding: "The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists."

Her publicist Karel Tejkal said: "It was a random crime, nobody was going to attack or rob her as Petra Kvitova."

Kvitova is ranked 11 in the world and has won a career total of 19 titles, including Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.

It is understood she allowed someone posing as a utilities man access to her apartment and while defending herself in a struggle, suffered the injuries to her hand. The intruder is believed to have then run away and is being sought by police.

Kvitova has suffered damage to ligaments and tendons in her left hand, but the full extent of the injuries will not be known until after surgery later on Tuesday.


Tennis Star Petra Kvitova Badly Injured in Home Invasion

Kvitova revealed she could move her hand during a session with a doctor on Thursday

Petra Kvitova reveals she can move her left hand following surgery on knife wound

BBC | 22 December 2016

Kvitova revealed she could move her hand during a session with a doctor on Thursday

Petra Kvitova described being able to move the fingers on her left hand again as "the greatest Christmas present I could have wished for".

The Czech, 26, was stabbed at her home by an intruder on Tuesday and needed four hours of surgery on her hand.

"While what happened to me was very scary, I do not see myself as a victim, I do not feel sorry for myself and I will not look backwards," said Kvitova.

"I will do everything to return to the sport I love as soon as possible."

Kvitova, who won the Wimbledon singles title in 2011 and 2014, is expected to be unable to compete for at least six months.

The world number 11 wore a substantial bandage when she spoke to the media for the first time since the attack, and revealed movement had returned to her fingers during a session with her doctor on Thursday morning.

Tendons in all four of her fingers and her thumb were damaged, as well as two nerves.

"I'm happy to tell you I'm feeling well," she added. "The medical staff, the police, my family and my team have all provided me with amazing support in this difficult situation.

"I want to thank each and every one of them for the important part they have played in the past four days.

"I have been overwhelmed by the flood of messages and love I have received from the tennis family, fans and the public - thank you."

Kvitova's attacker gained access to her apartment block in Prostejov by posing as a utilities man before pulling out a knife and putting it to her throat, and she sustained injuries while pulling the knife away.

David Vydra, Petra Kvitova and new coach Jiri Vanek

Police released an identikit image of the attacker on Thursday.

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