Six months after knife at­tack, Kvi­tova re­turns to prac­tice

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova is back at prac­tice, less than six months after be­ing at­tacked by a knifewield­ing in­truder.

Kvi­tova posted a photo on In­sta­gram on Tues­day show­ing her­self swing­ing a ten­nis racket.

She in­cluded the mes­sage: “I hope this pic­ture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the ten­nis court, hit­ting with some proper balls. ...”

Kvi­tova has missed all sea­son so far while re­cov­er­ing from surgery on her left, racket-hold­ing hand in De­cem­ber. She was in­jured dur­ing an at­tack at her home in the Czech Repub­lic.

She said last month that she was sign­ing up for the French Open, which be­gins May 28, in hopes of be­ing able to com­pete but she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.

Kvi­tova was the Wim­ble­don cham­pion in 2011 and again in 2014.

She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rank­ings.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Czech Repub­lic’s ten­nis player Pe­tra Kvi­tova is back prac­tis­ing six months after a knife at­tack.

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