Pe­tra Kvi­tova in­jured by knife-wield­ing at­tacker

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Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova was in­jured by a knife-wield­ing at­tacker at her home yes­ter­day. The 2011 and 2014 Wim­ble­don cham­pion said the in­jury to her left hand was “se­vere.”“In my at­tempt to de­fend my­self, I was badly in­jured on my left hand. I am shaken, but for­tu­nate to be alive,” Kvi­tova, who is left-handed, wrote on Twit­ter. “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.” It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the in­jury could af­fect Kvi­tova’s play. De­tails of her in­jury were ex­pected to be re­leased later yes­ter­day.

“What hap­pened to me was cer­tainly not pleas­ant, but it’s be­hind me,” Kvi­tova said in an ear­lier state­ment on the Face­book page of the Czech Repub­lic’s Fed Cup team. “I have the best pos­si­ble care and I’m in touch with my loved ones. The worst is be­hind me.”

Kvi­tova’s spokesman, Karel Te­jkal, said the in­ci­dent, which he de­scribed as a bur­glary, oc­curred yes­ter­day morn­ing in the eastern Czech town of Proste­jov.

Proste­jov po­lice spokesman Fran­tisek Korinek said the at­tacker, a man who is about 35 years old, es­caped from the scene and was at large. He said po­lice have launched a man­hunt.

Kvi­tova was sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in a char­ity event in the city of Brno on Tues­day with an­other Czech player, Lu­cie Sa­farova.

“It’s hor­ri­ble,” Sa­farova told Czech pub­lic ra­dio. “Things like that are shock­ing to all of us. It can hap­pen to any­one of us. That’s re­ally ter­ri­ble.”

In April 1993, Mon­ica Se­les was at the height of her suc­cess when she was stabbed in the back dur­ing a changeover at a tour­na­ment in Ham­burg. A man reached over a court­side rail­ing and knifed her, leav­ing an inch-deep slit be­tween her shoul­der blades.

Se­les re­turned to the game 27 months later and reached the 1995 US Open fi­nal. In an un­re­lated move ear­lier Tues­day, Kvi­tova with­drew from the Czech Repub­lic team at next month’s Hop­man Cup mixed-team tennis tour­na­ment be­cause of an ear­lier foot in­jury.— AP

PARIS: In this May 27, 2016 file photo, Pe­tra Kvi­tova of the Czech Repub­lic serves in her third round match of the French Open tennis tour­na­ment against Shelby Rogers of the US at the Roland Gar­ros sta­dium in Paris. Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova has been in­jured dur­ing an attack in her flat in the Czech Repub­lic. — AP

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