Kvitova 'fortunate to be alive' after apartment attack causes severe hand injury

By Christopher Devine 20 December 2016
Kvitova 'fortunate to be alive' after apartment attack causes severe hand injury

Petra Kvitova says she has sustained a "severe" injury to her left hand, but feels lucky to be alive after being attacked in her apartment by an individual with a knife.

News of a reported attack on two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova by an intruder emerged on Tuesday.

The Czech, currently ranked 11th in the world, soon provided details of the incident through a message posted via her official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

It read: "Thank you for all your heartwarming messages. As you may have already heard, today [Tuesday] 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 am shaken, but fortunate to be alive.

"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."

Thank you for all your heartwarming messages. As you may have already heard, today I was attacked in my apartment by an...

Posted by Petra Kvitová on Tuesday, 20 December 2016

It had earlier been announced that the 26-year-old would not compete in the Hopman Cup next month due to a foot injury. 

The Czech suffered a stress fracture in her right foot and a slower-than expected recovery led her to withdraw from the team event that starts on January 1.

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