No date yet for Pe­tra’s re­turn af­ter knife at­tack

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PRAGUE: Pe­tra Kvi­tova has re­gained the use of her rac­quet hand badly in­jured three months ago in a knife at­tack but there is still no date for her re­turn to tennis, her spokesman said on Mon­day.

The two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion suf­fered se­vere in­juries to her left hand as she fought off a knife-wield­ing in­truder at her home in the east­ern Czech town of Proste­jov in De­cem­ber.

The 27-year-old un­der­went emer­gency surgery, en­dur­ing a four-hour op­er­a­tion to re­pair ten­don and nerve damage.

“Pe­tra uses her hand with­out prob­lem for daily ac­tiv­i­ties,” spokesman Karel Te­jkal said, say­ing she had been keep­ing up her fit­ness.

“Of course, the hand is weak­ened but at first glance you can’t see that she was in­jured.”

Doc­tors had pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated that the Czech star, ranked 15 in the world, would not be able to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the se­cond half of the year.

“At the mo­ment no one can give a con­crete date,” said the spokesman.

“Pe­tra’s con­va­les­cence is con­tin­u­ing as planned, so far there are no com­pli­ca­tions, but ev­ery­thing is up in the air as to her re­turn.”

Her re­cov­ery psy­cho­log­i­cally was “very en­cour­ag­ing“, he added, say­ing she had been fit­ness train­ing in the Ca­nary Is­lands.

The iden­tity of the in­truder who car­ried out the as­sault re­mains un­known to po­lice. AFP

EPA PIC

A bill­board filled with well wishes for Pe­tra Kvi­tova at the Paribas Open in In­dian Wells re­cently.

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