Pe­tra back in train­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PRAGUE: Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova re­turned to the ten­nis court on Tues­day, more than four months after her left hand was badly in­jured in a knife at­tack.

The 27-year-old Czech posted a pic­ture of her­self hit­ting a ball on a prac­tice court in Monaco on her Face­book ac­count.

“Hello guys, I hope this pic­ture m a ke s you as happy as it makes me!” wrote the

Wim­bled o n cham­pion from 2011 and 2014 a n d b ro nz e medal­list from the

R i o

Olympics.

“I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the ten­nis court, hit­ting with some proper balls.”

Pe­tra suf­fered ca­reer-threat­en­ing in­juries to her play­ing hand as she fought off a knife-wield­ing in­truder at her home in the east­ern Czech town of Proste­jov in De­cem­ber.

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

Pe­tra’s name was included last week on the en­try list for the French Open, which runs from May 28 to June 11, but said that did not nec­es­sar­ily mean she would play in Paris. AFP

Pe­tra Kvi­tova

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