Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova at­tacked

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On De­cem­ber 20, the 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. Kvi­tova, 26, un­der­ewent 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.

Kvi­tova is ranked 11th 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 said: “Thank you for all your heart-warm­ing mes­sages. As you may have al­ready heard, to­day I was at­tacked in my apart­ment by an in­di­vid­ual with a knife. In my at­tempt to de­fend my­self, I was badly in­jured on my left hand.

“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 all again for your love and sup­port and now I would ap­pre­ci­ate some pri­vacy while I fo­cus on my re­cov­ery.”

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