Kvi­tova out in­def­i­nitely af­ter bur­glar at­tack

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PRAGUE: Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Petra Kvi­tova will need at least three months of rest af­ter surgery to her left hand cut by a knife-wield­ing bur­glar on Tues­day, her spokesman said. Kvi­tova suf­fered an in­jury on all five fin­gers and two nerves in her left hand, her racket hand, af­ter fight­ing with the bur­glar at her home in the eastern Czech town of Proste­jov.

Doc­tors “stitched the in­jured fin­ger ten­dons” dur­ing the surgery that took three hours and 45 min­utes, Kvi­tova’s spokesman Karel Te­jkal told AFP. “The hand will now be ban­daged for two days, then put in a splint for 6-8 weeks.

“She can’t bur­den the ten­dons for at least three months. “The in­jury is se­ri­ous, but the sur­geon says Petra is young and healthy and there is no rea­son why she can’t re­sume ten­nis.” Ear­lier on Tues­day, Te­jkal said the bur­glary was a ran­dom crime as “no­body was go­ing to at­tack or rob her as Petra Kvi­tova”. The 26-year-old world num­ber 11 said on Face­book she was shaken but “for­tu­nate” to be alive. “I was at­tacked in my apart­ment by an in­di­vid­ual with a knife,” said Kvi­tova, adding she tried to de­fend her­self. “I trust the doc­tors and I be­lieve it will all end well. Don’t worry about me.” Lo­cal po­lice spokesman Fran­tisek Korinek said the at­tack had oc­curred be­fore 0730 GMT on Tues­day near the Proste­jov town cen­tre and that the bur­glar was still at large. Mean­while, sup­port poured in from fel­low ten­nis stars. “So up­set hear­ing the news about @Pe­tra_Kvi­tova. Hands down one of the nicest peo­ple I’ve ever met. All my thoughts with her,” tweeted world num­ber eight Madi­son Keys.

“Just find­ing out about @Pe­tra_Kvi­tova and the aw­ful stab­bing and in­jury to her hand - pulling for you Petra,” added Czech­born for­mer great Martina Navratilova.

And Oracene Price, the mother of Ser­ena and Venus Wil­liams, tweeted:

“@Pe­tra_Kvi­tova I’m very sorry to hear what hap­pen to you. I’m pray­ing for your speedy re­cov­ery. Bless­ing to you and your fam­ily.” The bur­glary adds a som­bre end­ing to a rather lack­lus­tre year for Kvi­tova, who slid from sixth in the world in Jan­uary to 16th in Au­gust. She sacked two coaches be­fore win­ning the Wuhan Open in China in Oc­to­ber af­ter a 13-month ti­tle drought.

She added a vic­tory at Zhuhai, China in Novem­ber and was on the Czech Repub­lic team that won the Fed Cup later that month, beat­ing France for their fifth ti­tle in six years. On De­cem­ber 1, Kvi­tova hired a new coach, Czech Jiri Vanek, who had led her Fed Cup team­mate Karolina Pliskova to this year’s US Open fi­nal. Bronze medal­list from the Rio Olympics and Wim­ble­don cham­pion in 2011 and 2014, Kvi­tova is also re­cov­er­ing from a stress frac­ture to her foot. Just hours be­fore the at­tack, she said the in­jury had forced her out of the mixed dou­bles Hop­man Cup start­ing on Jan­uary 1, where she was due to play along­side her for­mer boyfriend Adam Pavlasek.

She said she hoped to start next year at Sydney on Jan­uary 8 to warm up for the Aus­tralian Open-a plan that she will have to drop fol­low­ing doc­tors’ or­ders.

Petra Kvi­tova

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