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Petra Kvitova hurt in home knife attack

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was attacked today in her home by someone with a knife. According to a report on MSN Sports, she describes the resulting injury to her left hand (and she is left-handed) as “severe.” It happened in her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov. Police are calling it a burglary attempt, and say the man is still at large. She is currently in surgery as of this moment, and it’s reported that it could take up to four hours.

Local newspaper Prostejovsky Vecernik reports that she was eating breakfast about 9 a.m. local time when she answered a knock at the door, and the attacker forced his way in at that point. The paper describes the attacker: “He was about 35 years old, about 180 centimeters tall, slim, pale skin color. He had brown eyes, wearing a bright cap, the so-called “flat caps”, a light jacket and light brown bag over his shoulder.”

The New York Times indicates that the man was there under the pretense of checking the utility meter and “did not initially recognize her identity.” The struggle occurred in the bathroom.

Kvitova had been scheduled to play an exo in the town of Brno tonight with fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova. This is not the first time a tennis star has been attacked — tennis fans will recall a man in the stands stabbed Monica Seles during a 1993 event, effectively ending her career. At this stage, it’s still unknown if the attack was random or targeted, and how this will eventually affect her tennis career. On CNN, Karel Tejkal, the spokesman for the player, told state-run Czech Radio “‘it looks like it was a random act and not a planned action.'”

It goes without saying, but everyone at Tennis Identity wishes her a speedy recovery!

UPDATE 12/21: According to the BBC, the surgery went well and Kvitova is expected back on the practice court in six months. It will be at least three months before she can grip a racquet again.

UPDATE 12/23:

Kvitova met the press today to bring us up to date:

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