Terrifying

Tennis champion Petra Kvitova ‘fortunate to be alive’ after knife attack

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 07: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates a point against Madison Keys of the United States during the Women's Singles Quarterfinals match on day seven of the 2016 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 7, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, was undergoing surgery on Tuesday after being attacked with a knife in her home, the BBC reports.

Kvitova reportedly allowed a man posing as a utilities worker to enter her house in Prostejov, Czech Republic. The intruder, who appears to have been attempting to rob the home, attacked Kvitova with a knife.

While defending herself, Kvitova suffered severe injuries to the ligaments and tendons of her left hand — her playing hand. The extent of her injuries will not be known until after doctor’s complete the surgical procedure.

Before the attack, Kvitova, who is ranked world No. 11 by the Women’s Tennis Association, had been recovering from foot injury that left her unable to play in January’s Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. The injury to her hand comes as another professional setback, but Kvitova said in a statement that she simply feels lucky to have survived the attack.

“I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive,” the statement read. “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. Thank you all again for your love and support and now I would appreciate some privacy while I focus on my recovery.”

Read the full story at the BBC.

 

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