Petra Kvitova after knife attack: I am fortunate to be alive

Updated: 21 December, 2016 09:01 IST | AFP |

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is shaken after suffering cuts on her hand during an attack by a knife-wielding burglar in her own home

Petra Kivtova
Petra Kivtova. Pic/getty images

Prague: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was injured after an attack by a knife-wielding burglar at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov, her spokesman said yesterday.

"Petra Kvitova was attacked in her flat this morning, it was a random crime, nobody was going to attack or rob her as Petra Kvitova," spokesman Karel Tejkal told AFP. "She was injured with a knife during the attempted burglary. Her life is not in danger," Tejkal added.

The Dnes daily said the 26-year-old World No. 11 had cuts on her left hand, in which she holds the racket, after fighting the burglar. "I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive. What happened to me was not pleasant at all but it's over now," Kvitova said on Facebook.

"As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an individual with a knife. In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured on my left hand.

"I trust the doctors and I believe it will all end well. Don't worry about me. Thank you all for your support and now I would appreciate some privacy while I focus on my recovery," she added.

Radka Milosevska, spokeswoman for the Prostejov hospital, told Kvitova had been treated with knife cuts and released. Local police spokesman Frantisek Korinek said the attack had occurred before 0730 GMT yesterday and that the burglar was still at large. The police have the burglar's description, he told AFP but declined to confirm media reports that Kvitova had let the burglar in as he pretended to be a technician checking boilers.

Petra out of Hopman Cup
Perth: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova yesterday suffered an Australian Open setback when she was ruled out of the season-opening Hopman Cup with a foot injury. 
"The results of a scan have confirmed that my foot is healing but not as quickly as we would have liked," Kvitova said.

First Published: 21 December, 2016 08:34 IST

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