Wim­ble­don cham­pion Kvi­tova is stabbed

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Karel Janicek

prague» Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova was in­jured by a knifewield­ing at­tacker at her home Tues­day and had to un­dergo surgery on her left hand.

An op­er­a­tion that took 3 hours and 45 min­utes re­vealed that the left-handed player’s in­juries were “se­ri­ous,” but “there’s no rea­son to think she wouldn’t be able to play ten­nis,” her spokesman Karel Te­jkal said.

Kvi­tova will, how­ever, miss the Aus­tralian Open and a sig­nif­i­cant part of the sea­son as she won’t be able to fully train for at least three months, Te­jkal said.

Kvi­tova suf­fered dam­aged to the ten­dons in her left hand, along with in­juries to all five fin­gers and two nerves, Te­jkal added.

The 2011 and 2014 cham­pion at the All Eng­land Club said she con­sid­ered her­self lucky to have sur­vived the at­tack Tues­day morn­ing in the east­ern Czech town of Proste­jov.

“In my at­tempt to de­fend my­self, I was badly in­jured on my left hand. I am shaken, but for­tu­nate to be alive,” Kvi­tova 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.”

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

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the in­jury could af­fect Kvi­tova’s play. She un­der­went surgery “be­cause of her con­di­tion and fu­ture ca­reer,” said Te­jkal, who de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a bur­glary. 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.

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