Kvi­tova out of hos­pi­tal af­ter at­tack

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Karel Jan­icek

prague» Pe­tra Kvi­tova says she is de­ter­mined to play tennis again — no mat­ter what that in­volves af­ter a knife-wield­ing in­truder at­tacked her in­side her home and in­jured her play­ing hand.

The two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion was re­leased from a hos­pi­tal Fri­day, three days af­ter she was op­er­ated on be­cause of her in­juries suf­fered in the at­tack in the town of Proste­jov.

With a big ban­dage cov­er­ing her left hand and fore­arm, Kvi­tova said she was told by the sur­geon who op­er­ated on her in a spe­cial­ized clinic in the north­ern town of Vysoke nad Jize­rou on Tues­day that her re­cov­ery is “look­ing good and with­out com­pli­ca­tions.”

“I feel bet­ter day by day,” she told re­porters in Prague.

“Yes­ter­day morn­ing dur­ing a ses­sion (with) the doc­tor, I was able to move the fin­gers on my left hand, which I think ... was the great­est Christ­mas present I could have wished for.”

Kvi­tova thanked other play­ers, fans, her fam­ily, team and doc­tors for mes­sages of sup­port she has re­ceived. “I never re­ceived so many (sup­port­ive) mes­sages in my life at a mo­ment,” she said. “I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Martina Navratilova was among those who wished Kvi­tova “a speedy re­cov­ery.”

“We can’t wait to see you back on the court again,” the leg­endary tennis star tweeted.

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

Doc­tors es­ti­mate it will take her six months to re­turn to tennis.

Kvi­tova vowed to come back, sooner or later.

“I don’t care about how much time it takes, three months, six months or a year,” she said. “But that’s for sure I want to re­turn one day and I’ll do all I can to make that hap­pen. I had no doubt about my re­turn to the tennis cir­cuit for a sec­ond.”

Kvi­tova won Wim­ble­don in 2011 and 2014. She reached a ca­reer­high rank­ing of No. 2 in 2011, but fin­ished the 2016 season as No. 11.

Kvi­tova didn’t take ques­tions from re­porters but said she didn’t want to look back and talk about Tues­day’s in­ci­dent. The at­tacker is still at large.

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, Ger­many. A man reached over a court­side rail­ing and knifed her, leav­ing an inch-deep slit be­tween her shoul­der blades.

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