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 Posted: Tue Dec 20th, 2016 06:42 pm
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The two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was attacked by a man with a knife on Tuesday morning in her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
“In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand,” Kvitova wrote in a statement posted to her Facebook page hours after the assault. “I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive. The injury is severe and I will need to see specialists, but if you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this.”
Thank you for all your messages. As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a knife
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) Dec. 20, 2016
Karel Tejkal, a spokesman for the Czech Fed Cup team, characterized the incident to the Czech press as “a random criminal act.” Prostejovsky Vecernik, a local newspaper, reported that the unidentified assailant entered Kvitova’s apartment under the guise of reading an electricity meter, and that Kvitova reportedly suffered slashed tendons in her fingers.
After suffering the defensive wounds, Kvitova was transported to a hospital in Brno, the country’s second-largest city, roughly 40 miles away.
Kvitova’s prognosis for recovery is not yet known, though the injuries are not considered life threatening. Any damage to her left hand could critically impact her play: Kvitova plays left-handed, with a two-handed backhand. She had been scheduled to begin her 2017 season at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, but had pulled out earlier Tuesday morning with a previous stress fracture in her right foot. The Australian Open begins Jan. 16.
Kvitova, 26, reached her career-high ranking of No. 2 in 2011, the year of her first Wimbledon title; her second came in 2014. After falling out of the top-10 this year, Kvitova found success in the second half of the year, winning a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics as well as WTA titles in the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Zhuhai, as well as a fifth Fed Cup title with her Czech teammates in November. Last week, she won the WTA’s sportsmanship award for the fifth time in six years.
Elite women’s tennis players have been subjected to violent attacks before, often with career-altering impacts. In 1993, top-ranked Monica Seles was stabbed during a match in Hamburg, and did not return to the sport for more than two years. In 2007, sixth-ranked Anna Chakvetadze and her family were assaulted during a home invasion in Moscow. Chakvetadze, who had made the semifinals of the United States Open three months prior, was unable to replicate that success, and retired in 2013 at the age of 26.